Senior Research Associate - Antimicrobial Resistance and Behaviour Change

University College London - UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 8. The salary range will be £43,023 - £50,753, inclusive of London Allowance.

An opening exists for a post-doctoral researcher with an interest in antimicrobial resistance and behaviour change to design and pilot interventions to improve prescribing behaviour. This work forms part of the Preserving Antibiotics through Safe Stewardship (PASS) project which aims to identify and understand behaviours relevant to antibiotic prescribing across health sectors to inform the development of interventions to promote appropriate prescribing. You will conduct and analyse data from interviews with health care professionals in primary and secondary care, community and nursing homes and the general population to identify barriers and facilitators to behaviours relevant to antibiotic prescribing. You will be responsible for participant recruitment. You will apply theoretical models to develop interview guides and describe identified barriers and facilitators to relevant behaviours. You will lead the synthesis of findings from the interviews with data collected from ethnographic observations, systematic review and analyses of prescribing databases to design and pilot interventions that will improve prescribing behaviour. If funding becomes available and the candidate is suitable there will the opportunity to progress to a PhD programme. You will be based at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC) and will work closely with colleagues at the Institute of Education, Social Science Research Unit, EPPI-unit. You will be responsible to Dr Fabi Lorencatto, Research Lead, UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. You will work closely with Dr Lou Atkins, Senior Teaching Fellow (CBC). This post is funded for 2 years in the first instance.

You should have excellent research skills. Applicants should have a 2.1 (or higher) and a PhD in a Behavioural Science or closely related field, or equivalent research experience. You should have a good knowledge of antibiotic prescribing and behavioural science evidence, methods and theory.  You will have experience of applying theory to understand behaviour and behaviour change interventions.  You will have experiences of conducting interviews and applying theory to analyse interview data with a proven record of publications.

UCL vacancy reference: 1698369       

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Fabi Lorencatto (, Tel: 020 7679 1237.

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