Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the Being Me with IBD Study

Edge Hill University - Research and Innovation

Your discipline. Your passion. Our success, together.

About You 

With previous experience of undertaking research with young people, preferably within a health care setting, you will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to liaise and work sensitively and creatively with young people and health professionals. You will be able to demonstrate your organisation and time management skills, and ability to work both independently as well as part of a team, across a range of settings with different professionals.

To be successful, you will be experienced in collecting qualitative and quantitative research data, and have experience of using social media.

About the Role 

This is an exciting opportunity to work with young people to investigate how having inflammatory bowel disease influences friendships, loneliness and social connection. You will work with leading academics and health professionals in the fields of loneliness and inflammatory bowel disease. You will be part of the Children, Young People and Families Research Theme within the Faculty of Health and Social Care, a vibrant and growing research community focussed on children, young people and their families.

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). This post is funded by Crohn’s and Colitis UK and is investigating how having IBD influences the friendships that young people have, and whether it affects how lonely, connected or in control they feel. You will be a key member of the team and will have responsibility for undertaking data collection with young people when they attend hospital for routine clinic or treatment appointments. You will also contribute to data entry, analysis, report writing and dissemination as well as the development of a social media presence for the study, including the development of webinars.


We want you to feel happy when you come to work and proud when you go home.

From the moment you join us you have the opportunity to enhance your skills. We offer a range of specialist development sessions and academic development opportunities along with an award winning and comprehensive staff health & wellbeing programme (HR Excellence Awards 2017). This means you will  receive a full academic induction, be enrolled if appropriate on our PGCTHE, benefit from the Edge Hill University CPD scheme (UKPSF) and our annual University Learning and Teaching day all to support your professional development. To support your wellbeing you are able to enjoy a lunchtime stroll across our beautiful campus, book to get a trim from our onsite hairdresser, your car valeted, or get together with colleagues over free food and drink to watch the latest film on one of our Film Nights and so much more. 

This is just a taste of what we are able to offer you at Edge Hill University.

About Us

“A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education. 

We are recognised for our outstanding achievements in student satisfaction, staff engagement, graduate employment and innovation as well as our strengthening research profile, investment and growth. The Times Higher ‘University of the Year’ award also celebrated our distinct role in “transforming lives” – reflecting a distinctive philosophy of creating opportunity from excellence.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy you may wish to contact:
Professor Bernie Carter at

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