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Research Fellow

London (Greater) (GB)
£51,974 FTE per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
24 Jun 2024

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Job description

We are really pleased to offer this excellent opportunity for an ethnographer to join our team in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care to carry out National Institute for Health Research funded research in the area of maternity and neonatal care.

The CORE study is a mixed methods study that will explore and enhance the implementation and impact of maternity and neonatal training in England as it seeks to reduce variation in maternity and neonatal care. The study will have a particular focus on ensuring future training initiatives meet the needs of service users including those at greatest risk of poorest perinatal outcomes.

The study begins on the 1st of September 2024 and will last for 24 months. During this time, several work packages will run concurrently, with findings integrated and then analysed using participatory methodology. This will include, ethnographic research exploring the local implementation of multi-professional competency training in maternity and neonatal units. You will be responsible for the delivery of the ethnographic research and you will also contribute to a range of tasks related to the study set up, PPI/staff engagement activities, organising participatory forums and developing implementation strategies. There will be opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in these areas.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have excellent organisational skills and attention to detail. You will have expertise in conducting ethnographic health service research and you will be able to work well both with others including patient participants and multi-professional co-investigators.  The postholder will work under the supervision of Principal Investigator Dr Rebecca Whybrow. You will be required to travel to maternity and neonatal units outside of London and the South East and we are therefore open to considering applications from researchers living in the Midlands and North of England. The post holder also will have the opportunity to work as part of King’s hybrid working model, where you can work between your home, the research sites (or the office) throughout your working week.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract.

This is a part-time post - 80% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead on project set-up under the supervision of the PI
  • Lead the ethnographic research in participating maternity and neonatal units
  • Analyse ethnographic data using qualitative data analysis software
  • Work collaboratively with the wider team to integrate the mixed methods data
  • Work collaboratively with the wider team to develop a training implementation strategy
  • Attend regular meetings with the project lead, wider team, and advisory groups
  • Work closely with the project lead, PPI advisors, and wider collaborators to ensure the smooth running of the project
  • Lead and/or assist in writing up and disseminating study findings through articles, blogs, social media, and presentations
  • Any other duties appropriate to the grade and project as agreed with supervisor

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. PhD in a relevant discipline
  2. Demonstrable experience in conducting health services research using ethnographic methods
  3. Demonstrable experience in designing, developing and managing multi-site research projects
  4. Demonstrable experience in analysing ethnographic data
  5. Evidence of writing high quality papers for peer review publication or reports; and presenting research at meetings or conferences
  6. Organised and systematic approach to research
  7. Self-motivated, with the ability to work under pressure & to meet deadlines
  8. Strong interpersonal skills in one to ones and group settings
  9. Excellent presentation and communication skills (written & verbal)
  10. Demonstrates a commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity for staff and students

Desirable criteria

  1. Engaging in multidisciplinary research projects
  2. Previous experience in implementation science research
  3. Previous experience in using participatory research methodologies
  4. Experience in conducting maternity and neonatal service research
  5. Strong publication record

Further information

Candidates should submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert.

We strongly encourage applications from those outside of London and the South East, as well as 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.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.


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