Research Associate (ORACLE)

London (Greater) (GB)
£38,828 - £43,239 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance 60344333
26 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
26 Dec 2021
Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

Join a world-class research team working to improve child health. The Child Health Services and Policy Research Group, led by Ingrid Wolfe in the KCL Department of Women & Children's Health, is offering an opportunity for a talented post-doctoral Research Associate.  

As a member of the OveRcoming Adverse ChiLdhood Experiences (ORACLE) team, the focus of this role is to understand the lived experiences, risks, assets, and scope of interventions for children, young people, and families experiencing adversity. This will involve conducting and analysing in-depth interviews with families and stakeholders; producing a systems map of risks and assets; leading PPIE sessions and stakeholder workshops; working with other team members to impact policy in this field. 

The Research Associate will have relevant social research methods experience, and will work with a multidisciplinary team at KCL and across the ORACLE partner organizations. A background or interest in child or family health, child social care, social work, parental mental health issues, substance misuse or domestic abuse is preferred but not essential.  


This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months 

This is a full-time post.


Key responsibilities

• The Research Associate will undertake in-depth interviews with families and stakeholders. They will analyse interview data to provide rich descriptions of the lived experiences of vulnerable children and young people (CYP) and their families in relation to risks, adverse outcomes, and positive experiences of change. We will focus on identifying what matters most to the people directly involved.  

• The post holder will produce a detailed conceptual and relational systems map of risks and assets, including structural, socio-economic, life-stage and relational determinants of outcomes for CYP. This map will demonstrate the direction and strength of links between interconnected components. 

• The post holder will contribute to the design and running of stakeholder workshops as the team seeks to develop interventions to reduce risk and improve outcomes among children and young people exposed to family adversity and related risks. 

• The Research Associate will take a lead in running the project from KCL, including: organising and running PPIE groups; organising meetings and giving presentations on behalf of the team; and engaging with the King’s Policy Institute to help develop policy-related outputs and impact. 


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria

• PhD awarded or near completion in Public Health, Social Work, or related discipline, ideally with a focus on children. 

• Relevant research methods, including qualitative interview analysis. 

• Planning, conducting, and analysing qualitative interviews, including with children and young people, and ideally addressing sensitive topics. 

• Excellent organisational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills. 

• Appropriate professional conduct, maintaining confidentiality where required, and sensitivity to others. 

• Reliability and flexibility. 

Desirable criteria

• Knowledge of the National Health Service and other public services for children and families. 

• Systems mapping. 

• Systematic literature review. 

• Disseminating research findings through publications and presentations. 

• Background or interest in working in child or family health, child social care, social work, parental mental health issues, substance misuse or domestic abuse. 


* Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6. 

Further information

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance. 


Qualitative, children, adversity  

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