Research Associate, Initiatives to Improve Palliative Medicine Education

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
12 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
02 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

General Details

Position Code 8800271
Position Type Project Based (Fixed Term)
Position Duration 01/Oct/2022  to 30/Jun/2024
Position Title Research Associate
Project Title Initiatives to improve palliative medicine education and end-of-life patient care in the United Arab Emirates
Academic Department CMHS, Academic Affairs
Relevant Research Center CMHS, main campus

About Khalifa University

Khalifa University is ranked 181st in the QS World University Rankings 2023, and the top University in the UAE, with a range of research and academic programs designed to address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing our rapidly evolving world.

Its world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. Our research and academic activities cover a broad range of disciplines in engineering, science and medicine through our three colleges.

Khalifa University’s research relates to key focus sectors of relevance to the UAE’s strategic economic growth and the technology platforms that serve as foundations for these sectors. The University’s research priorities are addressed in two categories  “verticals” and “horizontals” which jointly cover specific industry and sector needs, technical platforms and expertise.

KU’s focus sectors are Clean and Renewable Energy, Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, Water and Environment, Healthcare, Aerospace, and Supply Chain and Logistics. Research in these sectors is enhanced by our research platforms of Robotics, AI and Data Science, Information and Communication Technologies, and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing as well as Fundamental Sciences.

Position Overview

KU is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate to work on a longitudinal series of qualitative and quantitative studies of palliative care in the UAE. The World Health Organization defines palliative care (PC) as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness.” The lack of trained health professionals is a major barrier in accessing palliative care services. The aim of this study is to develop patient-centered, culturally relevant PC curricula and educational resources for UAE medical schools and residency programs and to implement educational interventions to improve how medical students, residents and practicing clinicians provide palliative and end-of-life care to UAE patients and their families.

Position Requirements

  • Bilingual; fluent in speaking and writing Arabic and English
  • Adhere to the University's information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager


Candidate Profile

Essential Criteria

  • Masters from a reputable university in education, healthcare or related discipline
  • Experience of undertaking assigned research tasks and starting to manage own workload
  • Contributing to scientific papers and academic journal articles where possible acting as lead/ corresponding author
  • A willingness to contribute to a collaborative and supportive team culture
  • Excellent English language communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to function as part of a team working on multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines
  • Well-developed reasoning and problem-solving skills

Desired Criteria

  • Masters gained from and/or experience working in a top 200 QS or THE ranked University
  • At least 2 year of increasingly accountable relevant experience as a researcher in academia or in industry
  • At least 1 lead author publication in a Q1 journal in the relevant field
  • Experience contributing to high impact publications in top 10% journals in the relevant field

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Primary Location : KUK – Khalifa University
Job : Research Associate
Schedule : Regular
Shift : Standard
Job Type : Full-time