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Research Assistant (Fixed term)


Location:  University Park
Salary:  £30,487 per annum (pro rata if applicable)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 10 October 2023
Reference:  SCI329523

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an ambitious and talented psychologist or behavioural economist to join the School of Psychology as part of the NIHR BTRU in Donor Health and Behaviour with work on an the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT: England's blood service) funded PROMPT (Prompts to Reduce Omissions in deferral or testing for Malaria, Past infection and Travel) project in collaboration with the University of Queensland 

Without an adequate and safe supply of blood many treatments in the NHS would not be possible. Part of the process of ensuring blood safety is through selecting donors based on answers to questions on travel, lifestyle, medical/sexual health history, and sexual behaviour. The PROMPT project will explore how these questions are perceived, interpreted, and answered by donors from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds with the aim of identifying any biases and misunderstanding and developing strategies to reduce these. The outcomes of this research will feed into NHSBT policy and development of the donor screening tool.  

The post-holder will be based in the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham and work as part of the BTRU in Donor Health and Behaviour (with the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford), and in collaboration with the University of Queensland, and colleagues at NHSBT and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) with expertise in blood safety microbiology and epidemiology. The post holder will conduct a series of projects involving qualitative (interviews with donors and staff) and quantitative (online surveys and experiments) with the general public, donors, and recipients. The role holder will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio. 

We are seeking a motivated individual interested in health care and health behaviour and capable of analysing a diverse range of data. The post holder will hold a BSc in a relevant scientific field (e.g. psychology, behavioural economics) or have equivalent qualifications or experience. 

This is a full-time (36.25 hours), fixed term role to 31st March 2025, starting November 2023. Arrangements for job share may be considered. 

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 Professor Eamonn Ferguson ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted

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