Postdoctoral Research Associate/Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School, Primary Care Research Group.

The post is available up to full-time (part-time and job share arrangements encouraged) until 31 August 2019 in the first instance.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality.

The post
Will provide mixed-methods research support to the process evaluation of the “At-Risk Registers Integrated into primary care to Stop Asthma crises in the UK” (ARRISA-UK) study.

This is a large-scale, UK-wide, primary care-based cluster-randomised trial led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and conducted under the auspices of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. It's funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme and supported in the South West by Dr Jane Smith (Senior Lecturer in Primary Care) who led previous research on which it builds.

You will work closely with Dr Smith and Dr Sarah Morgan-Trimmer (Research Fellow in Process Evaluation), qualitative researchers at the University of Manchester and the core trial team at UEA to support collection and analyses of quantitative data (e.g. from questionnaires) and qualitative data (e.g. focus groups, interviews) and planning, management and write-up of the ARRISA-UK study process evaluation.

About you
You will be able to design data collection tools (e.g. questionnaires, topic guides), support qualitative data collection, conduct appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative analyses, and prepare and present complex information on progress and findings orally, in writing and electronically (e.g. at team meetings, conferences). Particularly at Research Fellow level, successful applicant(s) will also be able to develop research objectives, proposals, and funding applications.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualifications and applied health research experience, be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in a health-related or social science discipline and apply skills in quantitative, and ideally some qualitative, research methods and techniques relevant to process evaluation.

Applicants at Research Fellow level will ideally be a nationally recognised authority in an area related to process evaluation, primary care, respiratory or trials-related research.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and support) to pursue your intellectual interests and work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research.
  • Support teams that understand the University-wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly.
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development.
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career.

For further information please contact Dr Jane Smith jane.smith@exeter.ac.uk or (01392) 725402.

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The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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