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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £32,816 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th August 2021
Closes: 21st September 2021
Job Ref: RH27910

Department/Location: Department of Public Health and Primary Care, THIS Institute

Salary: £32,816-£40,322

Reference: RH27910

Closing date: 21 September 2021

Funded by the Health Foundation, The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) has a remit to advance research into how to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The institute hosts around 50 staff, consisting of academics, operational and communications staff and visiting research fellows. It has strong links across University of Cambridge departments, with RAND Europe, a not-for-profit Cambridge-based research organisation, and with Homerton College, Cambridge, as well as with multiple external partners. The institute is generously funded by the Health Foundation, receiving around £40m over ten years.

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to join the research team at The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute. The post-holder will provide high-level research and project management skills to THIS-funded research. The successful candidate will work to support a range of research projects concerning the promotion of quality and safety in health care, improving the uptake and spread of good practice, and sustaining improvements in the way that care is delivered, as well as supporting the research infrastructure of THIS Institute.

The successful applicant will be educated to PhD level in health services research, public health, social science or other relevant area, or have equivalent experience. They will have the ability to conduct and manage qualitative, quantitative (survey) or mixed-method/multi-method studies to a high standard, to read, critique and synthesise relevant literature, and to engage with many varied stakeholders and collaborators, while working at pace. They will be capable of preparing research protocols, project reports and manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals with minimal supervision, and will have strong skills in teamwork. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates with experience in health services research using social science methods.

The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2023 in the first instance.

This role is full-time.  We welcome part-time applications for no less than 80% FTE per week.  This role may involve a degree of remote working.

The post holder will be based at the Clifford Allbutt Building, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0AH (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre). This role is full-time (minimum 0.8FTE) and may involve a degree of remote working.

Informal discussions about the post are strongly encouraged. Please contact Jenni Burt, Senior Social Scientist at

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Closing date: 21 September 2021

Interview date: 6 October 2021

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RH27910 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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