Research Associate or Research Assistant: Palliative and End of Life Care

University of Cambridge

Research Assistant - £25,728 - £30,688
Research Associate - £31,604 - £38,833

We have received funding from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research to undertake two realist reviews concerning i) bereavement care in Primary Care settings and ii) interventions to optimise community palliative care. Realist reviews are designed to work with complex social interventions or programmes, and provide explanatory analyses aimed at discerning what works for whom, in what circumstances, in what respects and how.

The review is part of a major programme of 20 reviews within the School (see Evidence Synthesis Working Group website, which the post-holder will be part of. Supported by Dr Stephen Barclay (University Senior Lecturer), Dr Ian Wellwood (Senior Research Associate) and Isla Kuhn (Medical Librarian) and a patient and public involvement (PPI) group, the post-holder will lead the two reviews, which are anticipated to lead to high impact journal publications and future grant proposals. Realist review training (if needed) and methodological support will be provided to the successful applicant by the project team including Dr Geoff Wong (Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford). The post is an opportunity for the post-holder to further develop knowledge in these important clinical areas and / or in this method of evidence synthesis.

The post-holder will be expected to be an active member of the Palliative and End of Life Care Group of the university Primary Care Unit, : and contribute to this flourishing multidisciplinary research group based in the Institute of Public Health, Cambridge.

The post-holder will have experience of research in Primary Care and/or End of Life Care Research and a publication record in these areas. Some previous experience of evidence synthesis/systematic literature reviews is essential. The post-holder will have a PhD and a good first degree or equivalent qualifications or have equivalent experience

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience is recognised), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded or submitted appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded. If an individual has not submitted a PhD or is not working towards one they could be appointed as a Research Assistant if they have either a degree (first degree and/or Master’s) in a relevant area or equivalent experience. 

The funds for these posts are available for 2 years in the first instance.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

Primary Care Unit, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approx. 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be arranged via Ian Wellwood at

Interview Date: 23rd November 2017

Previous applicants need not apply.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role.  

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

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