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SURECAN Qualitative Researcher - QMUL13730

Department: Centre for Primary Care and Public Health - Blizard Institute
Salary: £32,956 - £43,152 per annum (pro rata) (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL13730
Date posted: 03-Jan-2018
Closing date: 25-Jan-2018

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  • Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people who have undergone treatment for cancer?
  • Could you work on a multi-center study?
  • Are you interested in in delivering high quality health services research?

 A multi-center team led from the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health Barts and The London school of Medicine is developing a tailored, one to one, domiciliary, psychological intervention for people who have undergone successful treatment for cancer but who have low quality of life. The new intervention, SURECAN (SUrvivors’ Rehabilitation Evaluation after CANcer), will be open to people who are within 12 months of treatment and outcomes will be compared to ‘treatment as usual’ by the NHS. We have been funded by NIHR PGfAR to develop and evaluate SURECAN.  

Applications are invited from an experienced health services researcher to be responsible for the qualitative research on a three-center pilot study followed by a definitive, multi-center, pragmatic clinical trial with full economic evaluation and a parallel process evaluation.   

The post-holder will conduct the day to day qualitative research on the SURECAN study. They will be responsible for collecting, managing and analysing a range of qualitative data throughout Workstreams 1-5.

Applicants should be educated to masters level (with a doctoral degree desirable). They must have demonstrable experience in qualitative research including evidence of publication in peer-reviewed, internationally-ranked journals in the relevant fields and proven high level of expertise in qualitative research methods including focus groups and in-depth interviewing. Experience of conducting research fieldwork in a UK NHS setting is essential. The post-holder should have familiarity with Normalisation Process Theory and meta-ethnography. They will need excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills, in particular the ability to deal with health issues in a sensitive manner. Excellent qualitative data analysis skills, including the ability to work with diverse qualitative datasets are also necessary. The post holder will be expected to travel extensively between the study sites in London and Sheffield.

The post is part time (0.8 FTE = 28 hours per week) and fixed term for 24 months, with extension for a further 36 months subject to external funders’ assessment of success of first three work streams of the study (ie 60 months in total), with an expected start date of 03 April 2018. Starting salary will be in the range of £32,956 - £43,152 per annum (pro rata), inclusive of London Allowance.  Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Stephanie Taylor at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 2495/2530

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The closing date for applications is 25 January 2018.  Interviews will be held on 30th and 31st January 2018


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The School of Medicine and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

The School of Medicine holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award.  We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers.  We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support.  As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN principles we strongly encourage applications from women.



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