Research Fellow: Developing Online Communities for People with Chronic Diseases

University of Hertfordshire - Hertfordshire Business School

Salary: £32,004 - £38,183 per annum dependent on skills and experience

Grade: UH7

FTE: Full time position working 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE)

Duration of Contract: 5 years from October 2017

Qualifications required:

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in the areas of Business or Social Science with quantitative and qualitative research skills (preferably with experience of both).

Description of the research activity and area:

As part of a new investment strategy, we are planning to appoint a Research Fellow to strengthen our research infrastructure and environment, working on a project entitled Developing and Implementing Online Communities for people with chronic diseases. The project will contribute to existing research strengths in the Business School, building on research by Professor Page on dementia and leisure time, focused on the visitor economy. The appointee will develop a unique area of interdisciplinary strength currently undeveloped across science and the social sciences.  This will help advance and enhance any existing online communities to create more interactive capability for those with chronic illness to address social isolation and times-space compression in their daily lives, as they become more confined to the home.

The deliverables you will be required to produce include research outputs capable of being submitted to REF of 3* and 4* standard (at least 2 outputs per year) on a co-authored basis. You will also be expected to work on developing research grants for submission with Professor Page.

Skills and experience needed

The post holder will need to have experience of working on dementia within a social science setting, preferably working with people with dementia and their carers during the early stages of the onset of Alzheimers disease or working with the Alzheimers Society. The post holder should have excellent oral and written communication skills in both spoken and written English. The post holder should also have the proven ability and skills to work with different stakeholders associated with the broader domain of dementia (e.g. Dementia Action Alliances, businesses and public and third sector organisations). We are looking for researchers with quantitative and qualitative research skills from Social Science, with applications from business researchers. A trajectory of 3* and 4* research outputs is highly desirable and two should be uploaded with the application.

Applicants should attach two recent research outputs for the Panel to read and assess.

Contact: For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Stephen J. Page, Associate Dean (Research) or tel: 01707 284159.

The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, child care vouchers, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 21 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.

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