Research Fellow: Sustainable Care – Modelling care system costs and contributions: data for a sustainable care and wellbeing strategy

University of Birmingham

Full Time/Part Time Full time – 24 months

The Sustainable Care: Connecting people and systems programme is a multi-disciplinary ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) – funded programme (2017-2021), set within an extensive UK and international research network spanning 26 institutions in 15 countries. Its overarching objective is to use interdisciplinary research to advance understanding of sources of economic and social sustainability in care, especially how wellbeing outcomes can be achieved for care users, their families, carers and paid care workers.

The School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham is recognised as one of the main centres for social care and health research in the UK. We are seeking to recruit a research fellow to work full-time for 24 months. The post holder will be the primary researcher on one of the work packages of the Sustainable Care project: Modelling care system costs and contributions: data for a sustainable care and wellbeing strategy. They will undertake research under the supervision and guidance of the Work Package lead, Dr Matthew Bennett.

The primary role of the researcher will be to use large-scale survey and administrative data to work on the costs and contributions of care; the financial and social sustainability of these under different scenarios; and the effects of changes to adult social care funding on service users, carers, and other stakeholders. The purpose of the role is to develop and deliver high quality research that supports the delivery of the specified project outputs. The post holder will be expected to work closely with other colleagues in Birmingham. The post is based at the University of Birmingham and regular attendance is expected (at least two days per week).

Person Specification

  • A Degree in economics or health economics, politics, statistics, social policy, sociology, gerontology or a related discipline, with demonstrable evidence of training in quantitative methods.
  • A completed PhD in one of the above disciplines, with demonstrable evidence of significant quantitative work (candidates near to completion of their PhDs will also be considered).
  • Substantive expertise in social care or a related academic area.
  • Experience of research demonstrating an ability to manipulate and analyse large-scale datasets.
  • Experience with multilevel and longitudinal modelling techniques.
  • Demonstrable quantitative analytical skills, including use of appropriate statistical packages (e.g. STATA (preferred), R).
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of research team.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly to different audiences, including non-specialist, non-academic audiences.

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £26,495 to £28,936. With potential progression once in post to £32,548 a year. 

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref  58575 in all enquiries.

For further information please contact Matthew Bennett (

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