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Research Fellow in Qualitative Methods

Surrey, United Kingdom
£36,024 to £37,099 per annum
Closing date
26 Feb 2024

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Academic Discipline
Psychology, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Psychological Interventions

Location: Guildford
Salary: £36,024 to £37,099 per annum
Fixed Term (-Aug 2026)
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Monday 26 February 2024
Reference: 063023-R

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research.

We are ambitious and have a bold vision of what we want to achieve - shaping ourselves into one of the best universities in the world, which we are achieving through the talents and endeavour of every employee.  

Our culture empowers people to achieve this aim and to collectively, and individually, make a real difference.  

The role

We are looking to recruit two experienced qualitative post-doctoral researchers with an interest in ethnic inequalities in mental health. The researchers will join a friendly team of quantitative and qualitative researchers on an NIHR funded project to explore inequalities in antidepressant prescribing in primary care for the South Asian diaspora. Duties will include participant recruitment, data collection, keeping meticulous records of participant retention, working with our PPI and governance representatives, data analysis, and writing for publication. The role will include recruiting from diverse communities.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with community stakeholders, patients, and primary care professionals to embed change into care practices for those living with depression.

About you

You should have completed your PhD in a related field, such as psychology or the social sciences. You should have experience of conducting and analysing qualitative research in community and/or NHS settings. Knowledge of data governance and research ethics is essential.

The postholders will be required to build working relationships with community organisations and NHS sites in order to support data collection, therefore experience of working with diverse communities and/or speaking a South Asian language(s) in addition to English would be an advantage.  

What we can offer

In addition to your salary, you will receive pension contributions, a generous annual leave entitlement, relocation assistance where appropriate, an attractive research environment, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities. Furthermore, our benefit packages include childcare assistance and discounted membership to University sports facilities.

Further Information

To apply please submit a CV and cover letter detailing your motivation in applying for the role. You will also be asked some brief questions to help us understand your suitability for the role.

All informal enquiries about the post should be directed to Dr Lydia Poole (

Interviews will take place online w/c 15th January 2024.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

Further details:    Job Description    

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£34,980) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£36,024).

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