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Research Assistant

London (Central), London (Greater)
£37,332-£42,099 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
19 Mar 2024

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Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Job Type
Research Related, Research Assistants / Officers
Contract Type
Temporary, Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

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 Assistant / Project Coordinator, working across three projects that aim to understand and improve palliative and end of life care, with a focus on real-world impact. 

We are looking for a bright, dynamic, self-directed, and committed individual, keen to work as part of our team, and motivated to develop their skills and experience in delivering high-quality research.

The Research Assistant / Project Coordinator will assist with day-to-day running and coordination of the NIHR Policy Research Unit (PRU) in palliative and end of life care at King’s College London and help deliver key milestones and objectives. The post holder will support the research, dissemination and engagement activities associated with the work of the PRU. The post holder will report to, and work closely with, the PRU Director Professor Katherine Sleeman.

The post-holder will also contribute to two Marie Curie funded studies. The Take-up study is a mixed-methods study investigating how to improve the take-up of benefits by people living with terminal illness. DUE-CARE is a mixed-methods study investigating unmet palliative care needs in the UK.

This post will be offered on an a fixed term contract for 18 months, though we hope it will be extended further.

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

Key responsibilities

  • Assisting with and coordinating day-to-day activities of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in palliative and end of life care, as well as Take-up and DUE CARE, contributing to delivery of key objectives and deadlines.
  • Coordinating Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) activities.
  • Planning, coordinating and minuting meetings.
  • Supporting preparation of data, reports and information, working closely with the wider team.
  • Assisting in the development and monitoring of impact for past, current and planned research. 
  • Contributing to wider activities of the research team as appropriate.
  • Contributing to research and education activities within the Cicely Saunders Institute.

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. Degree in health or social sciences or similar, awarded to a high level (e.g. first or 2:1).
  2. Highly organized, self-motivated, ability to work independently as well as part of a team, ability to work to deadlines and prioritise competing workloads, flexible and able to meet tight deadlines.
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience in contributing to high quality reports / academic papers, demonstrating attention to detail and accuracy.
  4. Demonstrates a commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity for staff and students.

Desirable criteria

  1. MSc in a relevant subject (e.g. Public Health, Epidemiology, Social Sciences, Psychology).
  2. Experience in supporting quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research.
  3. Experience in supporting Patient and Public Involvement.

Further Information 

We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups including those 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.


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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