Research Fellow

University of Hertfordshire - School of Health and Social Work

FTE: Full time, working 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
Duration of Contract: 12 months from January 2018

Two research fellows are required to work on a qualitative research project identifying best practice models of support for children with neurodisability and complex feeding needs and their families.

Candidates will have a doctoral level qualification in a social science or other discipline appropriate to the research area. Candidates with equivalent research experience relevant to the research study will also be considered. They will preferably have a peer reviewed publication or demonstrate lead authorship of research study reports.

Candidates should have relevant experience of conducting qualitative research and the analysis of qualitative data in a health or social care setting, preferably with children and families, although candidates with experience of conducting research into the organisation of care for other groups with complex care needs would also be considered.

Post holders will have a sound knowledge of health care delivery and its organisation in the UK and an interest in how services work to support children and families. The post holder will have excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with the co-applicants and project advisory group of therapists, clinicians and parents. Additionally one of the post-holders will attend consultations with our service user group of children and families.  Knowledge or experience of conducting research with children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) would be an advantage. The Fellows will be expected to work away from the university to collect data at one of the case study sites located in the North and the South of England and will be expected to travel.

In conjunction with the Principal Investigator (PI), the Research Fellows will be responsible for delivering project outcomes. The post holders will be expected to work with an advisory group and work with children, young people and their families to input into all aspects of the research, including the dissemination of findings. The findings will assist with the development of best practice guidance on support issues. We will also make recommendations for training and skilling the wider children’s workforce. The post holder will be encouraged to contribute to, and lead, further research proposals in a related area.

References will be sought prior to interview.

Contact Details: PI Dr Gill Craig,

Interview Date: 8th November 2017



This post is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as amended. The University requires that the successful applicant who is offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed. An Enhanced Disclosure will be required and this will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings, as well as convictions. The University of Hertfordshire complies with the ‘Code of Practice for Registered Persons and other recipients of Disclosure Information’.

Overseas applicants and UK applicants who have lived abroad

Successful applicants from overseas will be required to produce a criminal records check, or ‘Certificate of Good Character’, from any country in which they have been resident, consecutively or cumulatively, in the previous 10 years.

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