JOBS@ECPR-METHODS: Research Assistant or Research Associate in Qualitative Methods, Cambridge University

Research Assistant – £25,023 – £28,982
Research Associate – £28,982 – £37,768

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced post-doctoral mixed methods researcher, with a particular strength in qualitative methods, to conduct research and provide qualitative research support for the children’s and young people’s mental health services research group, based within CLAHRC East of England, University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of conducting all phases of qualitative research in school or health based settings. The candidate should have an interest in conducting pragmatic research in real world settings, with the aim of improving children’s mental health outcomes.

The main role for this post will be to take the methodological and project lead on a qualitative study addressing the acceptability and feasibility of identifying children’s mental health problems in primary school settings. This work is part of a larger CLAHRC funded study to consider different methods of problem identification in schools, with a view to developing a prototype identification programme for pilot. The PI for this study is Dr Emma Howarth. In addition, the post holder will contribute to other aspects of the study such as a systematic scoping review, the collection of information to inform cost analyses, and public involvement activities in collaboration with partner agencies. This post will also provide methodological support to other studies being carried out by the grou

Applicants should have a good first degree in social science or health-related area (eg health services research, sociology, psychology, anthropology, or other appropriate discipline) a PhD in relevant discipline or equivalent experience.  Understanding of qualitative methodologies and underlying theory and experience of undertaking qualitative research in a health-related field is essential.  In addition applicants will be required to travel between research sites in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and have a full driving license with a flexible approach to working, depending on the demands of the job (eg willingness to conduct interviews outside of standard working hours if necessary).

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded.

Location – NIHR CLAHRC East of England, Douglas House, 18 Trumpington Road, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 8AH.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the ‘Apply online’ button and register an account with the University’s Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Funds for these posts are available until 31st December 2018

Informal enquiries to Emma Howarth

Interview Date: 28th October 2016

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter (explaining how you fulfil the person specification) and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

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