Research Assistant

London (Greater)
£32,676, FTE, Including London Weighting allowance
17 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
10 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job description

We are looking for a highly motivated and well-organised Research Assistant to work on an innovative project funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR): Promoting homelike environments for people with intellectual disabilities living in group homes: Using Photovoice visual methods to co-produce and explore the acceptability of a user-generated homeliness checklist and toolkit intervention. 

The project aims to understand the perspectives of people with learning disabilities living in group homes on what makes their residences feel 'homely' or 'homelike'. Our findings will be used to create resources for inspection and improvement of residential services.

You will work with the research team, under the supervision of the project Principal Investigator (Dr Chinn). You will help to complete an initial review of relevant literature and policy. You will engage with service users with learning disabilities as co-producers of research, using participatory research methods and arts-based practices. This will involve meeting people in their own homes in London and the South East, and helping to conduct group discussions. You will also be involved in the writing up and sharing of research findings.

The post is 4 days a week (FTE 0.8) and is funded until October 2023.

You will preferably have experience of supporting service users with learning disabilities in education, residential or clinical settings, or in a personal capacity and/or be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to working with this group. You will have a keen interest in qualitative and participatory research methods. We particularly invite applications from under-represented groups. We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills, who is happy to work independently with the capacity to deliver on the core aspects of the research with good data management and record keeping.

You will be based at King's College London in the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care. The faculty hosts a thriving research community made up of tenured staff, postgraduate students and contract researchers. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (EF), over 90% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

To make informal inquiries about the post, please contact Dr Deborah Chinn

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