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Research Fellow – KCL INKLUDE

Employer
KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£51,974 - £61,201 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
8 May 2024

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Job Description

Inclusion as a Norm at King's - Leadership, Understanding the issues, Developing individuals, Enacting change (INKLUDE) is a Wellcome funded 24 month project which seeks to implement and evaluate innovative approaches to significantly improve the inclusion of individuals from under-represented groups in research careers, initially focusing on women and those from minoritized ethnic groups. The project was funded through the Wellcome Trust Institutional Funding for Research Culture grant scheme.

The project is led by President & Principal of King’s College London, Professor Shitij Kapur, with co-applicants drawn from across the university on the basis of their knowledge, experience and skills in the area.

The INKLUDE project is underpinned by three core values:

Cultural Humility: The process of self-reflection and understanding one’s own implicit and explicit biases and how these biases may influence service provision and delivery.

Cultural Safety: Creating a safe environment where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need. Establishing shared respect, meaning, knowledge, living and working together with dignity and truly listening.

Cultural Competency/Culturally Adapted: Taking account of people’s cultural beliefs, needs and behaviours in service provision and in staff interactions.

The programme of work comprises 5 Work Packages (WP):

  • WP1:  Understand the issues through exploring the current systemic barriers to this goal. This work package will involve the commissioning of an independent review of KCL promotion and retention processes, and analysis of survey data from the 2023 KCL All Staff Survey.
  • WP2: Leaders of research at all levels will be given the skills to create a positive and supportive research culture through optimising inclusive practices.
  • WP3: Develop individuals in order to mitigate current barriers to inclusion through the delivery of both a course of individual development and sponsorship to women and people from minoritised ethnic groups (THRIVE@KCL), and a course for those who will act as allies for to women and people from minoritised ethnic groups (ALLIANCETHRIVE@KCL).
  • WP4: Enact change through a range of institutional commitments including improved data capture on the characteristics of staff, a five year strategy to continue work towards our goal, and the allocation of academic and professional services staff in support of the mission.
  • WP5: Co-production of the resources, interventions, evaluation and dissemination of the programme.

Central to our delivery of this ambitious project will the appointment of a Post Doctoral Research Fellow to co-ordinate the evalution and dissemination of activity across all five work packages. The postholder will have primary responsibility for coordinating data collection and analysis across the various work streams as well as preparation of reports on progress and outcomes.

Please note that shortlisting will be based on adequate demonstration within the personal statement of how essential and desirable criteria are met.

This position will be employed as part of the Multi-faculty Wellcome funded project INKLUDE. The postholder will work across a number of faculties and Directorates. Some Hybrid working.

This post will be offered on a 24 month fixed term contract.

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

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the project team to fully develop the evaluation plan, plan reporting framework and dissemination plan for each Work Package.
  • Work with the research team in the development of toolkits and training for research leaders to provide support for researcher development.
  • Design, implement, collate and analyses measures of the experience and outcomes of training as part of Work Packages 2 and 3.
  • Preparation of reports 3 times per year on activities (noting progress targets and projected timelines) for the Partnership & Advisory group
  • To lead on dissemination strategy for the project, both within and beyond academia.
  • To have oversight of the establishment of any committees or working groups to support research culture, ensuring that these have appropriate representation to function effectively.

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. Educated to doctoral degree level.
  2. Excellent knowledge and skills in research evaluation and dissemination.
  3. Excellent stakeholder management skills with a proven ability to be able to work with individuals and stakeholder groups in a collaborative and consultative manner.
  4. Ability to write concise and clear reports on project progress.
  5. Ability to problem solve and think strategically
  6. Experience of working independently, showing initiative, solving problems and making high level decisions.
  7. Highly collaborative and able to work with colleagues in a wide variety of contexts, delivering results that consider the widest needs of the organisation.
  8. Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise, working under own direction.
  9. Ability to demonstrate professionalism and command respect with academic and non-academic staff at all levels.

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience of working with individuals from groups typically underrepresented in research settings
  2. Previous post-doctoral experience
  3. Previous research experience in a relevant area
  4. Experience of presenting research to groups with wide ranging experience of research, within and beyond academic settings.

Further Information

Tim Newton, Dean of Research Culture. Tim.Newton@kcl.ac.uk

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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: www.kingshealthpartners.org.

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 www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsanswers.

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