Senior Research Fellow in NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce

London (Greater)
£56,848, per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
30 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
05 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description
The NIHR- Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit (H-SCWRU), which sits within the Policy Institute at King’s College London, is looking to recruit a Senior Research Fellow to replace a valued colleague who is retiring in late 2021. This is a three year contract.  
We are a thriving and productive place of work that is keen to have a new senior colleague to learn from their methods and approaches and be inspired by their creativity and success in grant capture. 
The post holder will be looking to develop their flourishing research career by working with colleagues and partners on research that is already commissioned. In addition, they will be encouraged to develop their own research, bring new ideas to the table and add to the unit’s endeavours.  
The Senior Research Fellow will be an ambitious and collegiate individual who is seeking a new leadership role and who is keen to work with government policy makers and other stakeholders. They will be flexible in terms of managing different studies and committed to high quality research, interested in some or multiple areas of health and adult social care work, covering areas such as finance, economics, evaluations, data science, and other interface subjects. The Senior Research Fellow may have a professional background in and/or personal experience of the subjects that H-SCWRU already research and will be keen to work with frontline practitioners and those with lived experience. A desire to build research partnerships within the College and with other researchers in the UK and internationally will be essential.  
This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 36 months 
This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake and initiate research for the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce  
  • Work on/lead research studies agreed with NIHR School for Social Care Research and become a Senior Fellow of the School 
  • Develop proposals for research funding  
  • Support junior colleagues and other researchers 
  • Deputise for the Unit Director  
  • Engage with health and care research communities and policy stakeholders 
  • Engage with NHS and service providers and practitioners 
  • Contribute to the work of the Unit and its funders/stakeholders in a leadership role 
  • Assist with financial and other administrative responsibilities 

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 

1.       PhD in relevant research area or equivalent experience 
2.       Strong research profile in terms of grants, publications, engagement, and impact 
3.       Proven record of collaborative research skills and experience 
4.       Ability to manage several research imperatives 
5.       Willingness to engage with public, practitioner, and policy stakeholders 
6.       Commitment to building research capacity and support of junior colleagues 
7.       Flexibility in managing research commissions 
8.       Ability to meet (often quite tight) research and other deadlines 
9.       Proven skills in research methods and design, either quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods, analytic approaches and working with others from different disciplines/professions  
10.   Commitment to equalities, diversity and inclusion in research and working practice. 
11.   Commitment to public involvement and engagement in research 
12.   Excellent communication skills 
Desirable criteria 
1.       Experience of health services and/or social care research 
2.       and/or interest in workforce research 
3.       International links including research awards and/or networks 
4.       Willingness to undertake a variety of public engagement activities 
5.       Doctoral award or equivalent experience 
6.       Budgetary management experience. 
Further information

This is a fixed term contract however the successful applicant will be encouraged and supported to develop funding applications for the future  
This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.