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Research Assistant/Associate

King's College London - Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation

Location: London
Salary: £32,160 to £37,689 inclusive of £3,500 London weighting per annum (Grade 5/6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd August 2019
Closes: 16th September 2019
Job Ref: R56/1838/19-RL

Information about the role:

This exciting new role on the Empower Study, funded by the MS Society for two years, will provide an enthusiastic individual the opportunity to make a huge contribution to the field of non-cancer palliative care. Specifically, the research will involve understanding how people severely affected by multiple sclerosis (PwMS), and the families, comprehend planning for their future alongside their progressive and often uncertain illness.   We want to explore the relevance of advance care planning (ACP) to PwMS and their families, and if so what which process of planning should comprise, and why. We will review relevant literature, interview PwMS, their families, and conduct ethical discussion groups with health and social care professionals. Finally, using this evidence we will work in concert with PwMS and their families to develop relevant, accessible educational resources to inform and empower others to positively engage in developing their own ACP, should that be their wish

The successful applicant will possess excellent qualitative research skills and will demonstrable research experience working in a palliative care or a related area. She/he will work with Dr Jonathan Koffman and colleagues from King’s College London, Kings’ College NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School. The post-holder may also have the opportunity to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will have the opportunity to work on developing future grant funding for studies alongside our collaborating partners.


Depending on experience and qualifications, Research Assistant: Grade 5 (£32,160 - £36,699) or Research Associate: Grade 6 (£37,689), inclusive of £3,500 London weighting per annum

Contract Type:

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract 15 months.

Selection process:

The selection process will include an assessment and a panel interview


For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Dr Jonathan Koffman via:

Application details:

To apply, please register with the King’s College London application portal and complete your application online.

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