Research Associate (PASS)

University of Leicester - Department of Health Sciences

Full-time or part-time (0.8FTE) fixed term contract for 14 months

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

The post is an exciting opportunity for an experienced qualitative researcher to conduct social science research into reducing inappropriate antibiotic use across the healthcare economy. The postholder will contribute to the “Preserving Antibiotics through Safe Stewardship (PASS)” study, funded by the Joint Research Councils UK ( PASS is a large mixed-method study aiming to develop interventions, based on behaviour change theory, to optimise antibiotic prescribing across community, primary care, secondary care, and nursing home settings in the UK. This post will support an ethnographic sub-study, which aims to explore the factors influencing consultation and antibiotic prescribing decisions in these different settings. The researcher will be based within the SAPPHIRE Research Group.

You will be responsible for conducting research that results in significant contributions to meeting the funder’s expectations and developing peer-reviewed journal articles related to the research project. You will contribute to informing the direction of the research project towards its key goals. This will include involvement in project management, collection and analysis of data, contribution to theorising and interpretation of research findings, and organisation of and contribution to team meetings.

The ideal candidate will have, or be close to submitting, a PhD on a relevant topic. You will have experience of writing up research for publication in high quality journals and using qualitative research methods, and high level skills in the analysis and presentation of data.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Carolyn Tarrant on or 0116 252 3217.

Closing date for applications is at midnight on 26 March 2018.

Interviews are anticipated to take place on 13 April 2018.

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This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 because the appointee will have substantial access to young people and/or vulnerable adults. Therefore, an appointment to this post will be subject to checking and appropriate clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)).

The successful applicant for this post will, therefore, be required to give consent for the University to check with the DBS for the existence and content of any criminal record in the form of an Standard DBS. Information received from the DBS and the police will be kept in strict confidence and will be destroyed once the University is satisfied in this regard.

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