Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Social Sciences

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - International Public Health

The Department of International Public Health is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Social Sciences to develop and conduct health systems research.

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine LSTM is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases. Through the creation of effective links with governments, organisations and institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, LSTM aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. An important objective of LSTM’s research is to improve the day-to-day delivery of effective and affordable healthcare for the world's poorest people.

The Department of International Public Health is pleased to announce a unique opportunity for an experienced and talented Post-Doctoral Research Associate who will play a central role in the development of an exciting and innovative large-scale, multidisciplinary initiative to build research capacity and improve health outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries LMICs .

The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Lung Health & Tuberculosis is a new Africa-focused LSTM-led Research unit, within LSTM’s Centre for Applied Heath Research and Delivery CAHRD . The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Lung Health & Tuberculosisaims to improve the health of children and adults in Africa through multi-disciplinary, collaborative, applied health research on lung health and TB, involving 17 organisations across 11 African countries.  Key disciplines include clinical, social science, health systems, health economics, health policy and capacity strengthening science.  

The post holder will be responsible for designing and implementing high quality social science research that will inform the development and evaluation of interventions to promote lung health and improve equitable access to care for lung disease and tuberculosis, in collaboration with health systems, health economics, health policy and capacity strengthening researchers. Key responsibilities include: designing and implementing a high quality qualitative research study, in collaboration with at least one African partner institution; exploring and engaging stakeholder perspectives to inform intervention development and evaluation, with the support of the social science discipline lead Dr Rachel Tolhurst and in collaboration with other disciplinary leads; providing support to a social science PhD studentship under TheNIHR Global Health Research Unit on Lung Health & Tuberculosis; and conducting synthesis of findings and learnings across country contexts. You will also lead development of academic papers for submission to high impact journals and translate findings into transferable, evidence-based recommendations for actions and promote these to inform appropriate intervention development for lung health in LMICs.

It is essential that you have a PhD in a relevant discipline, including qualitative research methods, and experience of working with research partners in LMICs, particularly in Africa, as well as writing academic outputs such as research papers.  This role will require the successful candidate to negotiate with confidence, tact and diplomacy across a diverse range of partners, organisations and cultures so we are looking for a candidate that can demonstrate excellent communication, team working, and organisation skills. Experience in supporting and developing more junior staff is essential, as is understanding of health issues, services and systems in LMICs, particularly in Africa. The post will require travel to Africa for data collection, training and consortium meetings.

Close Date – 25th August 2017

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