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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Social Capital - QMUL21416

Department: Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine
Salary: £34,220 - £40,194 per annum inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL21416
Location: Charterhouse Square
Date posted: 05-Feb-2020
Closing date: 05-Mar-2020

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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine

Preventive Neurology Unit

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in Social Capital

The Preventive Neurology Unit (PNU) has been set up with the aim of developing clinical trials to prevent neurological disease. One area of focus is Multiple Sclerosis, a long term illness with no cure. The PNU works closely with BartsMS, a clinical academic group based at the Royal London Hospital, and Blizard Institute, QMUL.

BartsMS has an active public engagement and patient involvement portfolio, taking in a variety of evolving resources. Using a framework built around social capital, we wish to study the value of these resources, to people with MS; and researchers. We’re looking for a PDRA in Social Capital to help develop our understanding of why people take part in our public engagement and patient involvement initiatives, and whether this promotes health or feeds into health inequalitiesallowing us to improve future strategies.

The post-holder will work on a mixed-methods qualitative research project focussing on the engagement and involvement programmes delivered within BartsMS. This project will use the concept of social capital as a starting point to understand how different engagement levels can impact on the sense of wider community, and what implications this has. We also want to look at why some people do not engage, and if this is linked to their social capital, or other socioeconomic/ethnic drivers. Project outputs will inform future engagement and involvement initiatives, and help create a framework to evaluate their success.

There is scope for the post-holder to get involved in other research streams on understanding the wider impact of MS on individuals, including reviews, health systems interventions, community based and health service practices. They will work within a multidisciplinary team to project objectives, milestones, and maintain good records, and develop internal and external collaborations, and other research grant applications to ensure successful delivery.

The post is full-time and fixed term to March 2021. Starting salary will be in the range £34,220 - 40,194 pa including London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave and pension scheme.

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.

Applicants must provide all certificates at interview to confirm their qualifications (as specified in the Job Description).

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The closing date for the applications is midnight on 5 March 2020.

We hold 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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