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Research Assistant

King's College London - Methodologies - Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Location: London
Salary: £37,332 to £39,980 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2023
Closes: 4th January 2024
Job Ref: 080189
 

Closing date: 4th January 2024 

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to join a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded project led by a midwife. The post will be based in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care.

The research explores the feasibility of developing an online peer support group for women who are struggling with stopping smoking during pregnancy. We will work with women who have tried to stop smoking during pregnancy before to develop the group. This group will encourage peer to peer sharing as well as provide support and advice from a peer moderator. This support will consider ‘whole-life’ circumstances, such as money, relationships and housing, along with stopping smoking. 72 women who identify as smokers at the beginning of pregnancy and indicate a wish to try to stop smoking will be invited to take part. Half will be randomly selected to either join the group for 8 weeks (alongside standard stop smoking support) or receive standard care only. We will look at how easy it is to recruit women, whether they engage with the group and whether we can collect the necessary information. We will also interview participants so that we can understand how they felt about being involved in the study.

The post requires quantitative and qualitative skills and is designed to support the successful set-up and running of the research project. The postholder will have the opportunity to contribute to tasks such as: undertaking a review of the literature to understand in what contexts online peer groups can support and enhance behaviour change, preparing research materials such as ethics applications, recruiting participants, organising workshops, carrying out interviews/focus groups, analysing data and writing up and sharing study findings. There will be opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in these areas.

The postholder will work under the supervision of Principal Investigator Dr Tomasina Stacey. They may be required to travel in Yorkshire to assist with carrying out interviews/workshop. The post holder will have the opportunity to work as part of King’s hybrid working model, where you can work between your home and the office throughout the week.

We would be happy to discuss with applicants who may additionally have an interest in carrying out a PhD in this area.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term February 2026.

This is a part-time post - 40% full time equivalent.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • First degree in relevant discipline (eg midwifery, health professional, social sciences) at least at 2:1 level or higher
  • Experience of systematic reviews and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to prioritise different task demands
  • Understanding of data confidentiality and research integrity
  • Good attention to detail and high standards of accuracy in all aspects of work
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of colleagues
  • Being self-motivated and willing to work independently, as well as part of a larger interdisciplinary team
  • Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias

Desirable criteria

  • Postgraduate qualification in relevant subject area
  • Experience in data entry
  • Experience of developing/delivering Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) activities/events (in a research context)
  • Experience of writing reports/papers
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