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Research Assistant

London (Greater) (GB)
£36,532 - £41,299 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Job Description

We are really pleased to offer this excellent opportunity to join our team in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care as a Research Project and Coordinator Assistant on the EMBED-Care – Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care Programme, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The post will involve high level of project support for the EMBED-Care feasibility study led by Dr Ellis-Smith. The study evaluates the EMBED-Care Framework, a digitally delivered intervention to support holistic assessment, monitoring and management of palliative care needs for people with dementia and their family. The role involves participant recruitment, working with and supporting study sites, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The postholder will be expected to prepare study documents as required and prepare papers and reports. The postholder will work with Dr Ellis-Smith and the EMBED-Care team, and also take an active role on other research projects and applications for future projects.

The role is based at the Cicely Saunders Institute, the first purpose-built institute for research into palliative care. The Department benefits from a unique collaboration of palliative care and rehabilitation teams and is a multi-professional department comprising academics, healthcare professionals, community organisations, patients and carers. Palliative care and rehabilitation put both patients and their families at the heart of care.

Candidates should be highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. They should have excellent written and communication skills and be able to work and engage with multiple stakeholders, including people with dementia, family carers, health and social care practitioners, and Patient and Public Involvement members. The postholder will need to manage multiple deadlines and work independently to achieve these. 

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract until 31st December 2024.

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • To support Dr Ellis-Smith in delivery of the EMBED-Care programme workstream 6. This will involve feasibility testing of a digitally delivered palliative dementia intervention for people affected by dementia living at home or in a care home.
  • To support Dr Ellis-Smith on other research projects and applications for future research.
  • To support ethical review processes, including preparing amendments and revising study documents.
  • To work closely with participating community team and care home sites to support study delivery.
  • To support participant recruitment and processes of consent, quantitative data collection, and qualitative interviews, focus groups and observations with people with dementia, family carers and practitioners.
  • To support analysis of qualitative and quantitative data as directed by other members of the project team.
  • To provide research administrative support for EMBED-Care and other projects.
  • To transcribe and enter patient data accurately.
  • To communicate and liaise with EMBED-Care team members, as well as participating sites, patients and family members.
  • To proof and draft reports for the management team, funders and other groups.
  • To proof and draft conference papers and papers for publication.
  • To work collaboratively with the project team both at Cicely Saunders Institute and University College London, and with collaborating organisations.
  • To travel to other sites and conduct research interviews in health and care settings and participants’ homes as needed. This may require travel to Sussex, Derbyshire and across London.
  • To conduct appropriate risk assessments and to take responsibility for one’s own and others’ health and safety.
  • Ensure confidentiality and patient safety in accordance with GCP guidelines.

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. A degree in health or social sciences or similar awarded to a high level (e.g. first or 2.1).
  2. Experience of qualitative or quantitative research methods and a good understanding of methods in health services research, palliative care and/or dementia care.
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to adapt communication to the situation.
  4. Excellent time management skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritise, and complete work within deadlines.
  5. Strong organizational and planning skills with proven ability to coordinate and deliver projects.
  6. Ability to work independently as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  7. A commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity for staff and students.
  8. Able and willing to travel.

Desirable criteria

  1. A postgraduate qualification e.g. MSc or PhD
  2. Research experience in palliative or dementia care demonstrated by participation in delivery of research projects and authorship on academic publications.
  3. Knowledge and experience in using research databases such as Nvivo or Stata for data analysis.

Further information

We are committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce, and therefore we encourage applications from all groups. This includes from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups, the LGBTQI+ community, those who are neurodiverse and those with a disability.

King’s considers the professional and personal development of our staff a priority and we offer an inspiring range of opportunities for training and career progression. Our Organisational Development team provide in-house and bespoke learning.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to specifically address the essential criteria outlined in the Person Specification in their covering letter.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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