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Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term, Part time)

School of Medicine - Lifespan and Population Health

Location:  University Park
Salary:  £29,762 to £44,414 per annum, pro rata depending on skills and experience (minimum £33348 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Closing Date:  Tuesday 30 May 2023
Reference:  MED184223

Applications are invited for the above post based at the School of Medicine, Lifespan and Population Health 

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Fellow (or Associate where an appointment is made before PhD completion) to join the PHIRST-LIGHT team led by Dr Elizabeth Orton at the University of Nottingham. 

The University of Nottingham is leading a newly-established Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team, Lincoln, Loughborough Nottingham (PHIRST-LIGHT), funded by the NIHR until February 2027.  The role holder will support the evaluation of a wide range of public health schemes/programmes that are happening in local government across the UK, as allocated to PHIRST-LIGHT by the NIHR. You will work with researchers at the collaborating universities to plan and conduct work using a range of approaches and techniques appropriate to the type of evaluations, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. You will also support dissemination activity, including writing up work for publication.   

A significant part of this role will be dedicated to supporting patient and public involvement (PPI) in research. We expect the role holder to be comfortable setting up and managing PPI groups, whilst working to support successful inclusion of PPI voices in each evaluation. This role is an excellent opportunity to work across a range of public health topics and to support equality, diversity, and inclusivity through public involvement in research.

Candidates must have PhD or equivalent in relevant subject area (e.g. public health or social sciences) or the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience in research area near to completion of a PhD.

The post will be offered as on Fixed term contract until 31 May 2026. Hours of work are part time (21.75 hours per week). The post is based at the University of Nottingham University Park Campus, following a standard working pattern (Monday-Friday).  National travel to project sites may be required.

Requests for secondment from internal candidates may be considered on the basis that prior agreement has been sought from both your current line manager and the manager of your substantive post, if you are already undertaking a secondment role.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Elizabeth Orton, email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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