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Research Fellow

University of Stirling

Location: Stirling
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd November 2021
Closes: 12th December 2021
Job Ref: FAC01442

The Post

We are looking for a Research Fellow to work on an NIHR-funded study exploring whether, and how, wider public health benefits can be gained from the recent introduction of smokefree prisons in the UK, through support to people leaving custody and the households they return to. This study builds on the NIHR-funded Tobacco in Prisons (TIPs) study, an evaluation of developing and implementing smokefree prison policy in Scotland.

The post holder will report to Prof Kate Hunt, Professor of Behavioural Sciences and Health (ISMH), working very closely with co-PI Dr Ashley Brown (ISMH).

The postholder will actively contribute to several strands of the research study:

  • Scoping evidence on helping: people to be tobacco-free/reduce smoking after leaving prison; and people living in disadvantaged homes to establish smokefree lifestyles/homes (WP2)
  • Interviewing a sample of: people in custody at key transition points, and on long sentences; and staff providing support to people leaving or entering smokefree prisons (WP3)

Description of Duties 

  • Recruit participants for WPs 3-5
  • Conduct qualitative interviews and/or focus groups with people in custody, families and prison staff, as required (WPs3-5)
  • Analyse qualitative data and draft outputs from the study (academic articles, research briefings, presentations of findings), in partnership with PIs and key co-investigators on the study (WPs 3-5) 

Essential Criteria

Qualifications

  • Educated to PhD level in a relevant subject area, or equivalent work experience in a role where you have been responsible for carrying out qualitative research studies involving criminal justice stakeholders (e.g. staff, people involved in the criminal justice system, others) and/or involving other seldom heard groups

Knowledge & Experience

  • Relevant experience in leading qualitative research studies involving criminal justice stakeholders or other seldom heard groups
  • Experience of conducting research within a prison or similar setting or conducting research involving people with criminal justice experience or other similar seldom heard groups 

For further information, including a full description of duties, essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see Vacancy details | About | University of Stirling

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