Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow / Principle Research Fellow, Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 to £58,285 per annum
02 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £58,285 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 24 months
Closing Date:  Monday 15 August 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1922922CF

Location:  To be determined on appointment (potentially either University of Southampton, Bournemouth, Winchester, or Portsmouth).


Level 4/Research Fellow: from £31,406 to £38,587 per annum

Level 5/Senior Research Fellow:  from £39,739 to £50,296 per annum. 

Level 6/Principal Research Fellow: from £51,799 to £56,587 per annum

Full Time (1.0 FTE) Fixed Term (24 months) (Flexible working, part-time/ job share will be considered)

Interview Date:  Wednesday 21st September 

NIHR ARC Wessex Ageing and Dementia Theme

As part of an £11.8 million national investment into dementia research by the NIHR and the Alzheimer’s Society, we plan to award three Wessex research fellowships focused on planning, leading, and supporting research into applied dementia care research. The award holders will have the opportunity to develop and undertake applied dementia research, supported through participation in a learning and development programme as part of a national cohort of NIHR Fellows. Their research will focus on domiciliary/home care and involve people living with dementia, and their supporters. You will have potential for, and commitment to, leadership in applied dementia care research, and access to a wide range of career development opportunities to achieve your full leadership potential. By the end of the fellowship, you will have consolidated your research leadership skills, built new collaborations and networks, and laid sound foundations for your own programme of research.  

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations are nationwide and cover a wide range of research, including research into the prevention, detection and diagnosis of disease and the development of interventions; the evaluation of interventions; the management of disease; and the provision of health and care services. 

The NIHR ARC Wessex Ageing and Dementia theme focuses on independent living with and for older people with complex health and social care needs, and our researchers conduct applied research grounded in the realities of living with such needs. The three fellowship holders will augment the programme already underway in the Ageing and Dementia theme and extend its scope within the region and beyond. 

Wessex has more older people than the national average, with numbers of people with dementia among the very highest in the UK. Our cities have high levels of financial deprivation while rural populations have poor public transport links, limiting access to health and care systems. While research in Wessex and wider is underway to develop and test solutions to common health concerns – including sleep, mood, continence, medications, pain management, and hearing, we need to continue to develop solutions that connect with people’s everyday lives, priorities, and identities outside of being a ‘dementia patient’ or ‘family carer’. For example, enabling people living with dementia to access and enjoy cultural and leisure activities, or to stay connected with faith-based groups and other civic organisations. 

You will be supported to extend your leadership skills and experience and mentored to develop your own project ideas and secure funding to implement them. Your proposed research will be in domiciliary care in relation to people living with dementia. You are expected to nominate a senior researcher based at an ARC Wessex member University (Southampton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Winchester) to host and support your project. You should have approached this person and gained agreement for them to act in this capacity before you submit your application. The fellowship is funded by ARC Wessex (through an award from NIHR), and you will therefore be expected to work closely with members of this network and to contribute to wider capacity-building activities.

You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline and (if applying for level 5 or 6) post-doctoral experience of applied health research. The Fellowships are open to individuals already engaged in applied dementia care research and those from other backgrounds wishing to move into this area of research.  We are seeking applications from a wide range of professional backgrounds, settings, and disciplines, including but not limited to health and care (health professional and social care practitioners), social sciences and data sciences.

The expectation is that individuals will have potential for, and commitment to, leadership in applied dementia care research. Evidence of such potential will be sought during the recruitment process, and includes research experience, publications, indicators of esteem (such as prizes, awards, invitations to speak), external income generation and other evidence of being on a trajectory to research leadership.   

Excellent organisational and communication skills are also essential for this role, and the ability to travel to selected locations. This post is full time (1.0 FTE), funded by NIHR ARC Wessex, for 24 months. Flexible working, part-time/ job share will be considered. 

The fellowships will be at level 5 (Senior Research Fellow) or level 6 (Principal Research Fellow) depending on qualifications and previous experience.  Exceptional candidates with less experience may be appointable at level 4 (Research Fellow).

Application procedure

Please email the completed application form to  no later than 5pm on Monday 5th September. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday September 9th. 

Informal enquiries are welcome. Please contact Dr Ruth Bartlett for further information.

Please quote 1922922CF on all correspondence.

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