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Job opportunity - Research Fellow

Posted on September 26th 2016

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry wishes to recruit an experienced qualitative researcher to play a key role in the work of a team of researchers on a cutting edge study. 

This post is key to ensuring the successful delivery of a prestigious NIHR Programme Grant, Engager 2, awarded to develop and evaluate a complex intervention for prison leavers with common mental health problems. The Research Fellow will lead the conducting of the qualitative components of a parallel process evaluation, to explore how the intervention is working and will also contribute to mixed methods analyses and the ongoing development of the theory of the intervention and its delivery.

The Engager 2 research project sits within the Primary Care Group which is led by Prof Richard Byng (who is also the Deputy Director of NIHR PenCLAHRC). Primary Care includes projects and staff associated with NIHR PenCLAHRC as well as other areas of applied Health Services Research. Successful primary care led health services research includes designing and evaluating complex interventions to improve mental health, integrated care and care for marginalised groups. Some of the most significant research studies have focused on addressing the needs of offenders and people with depression.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience of undertaking applied qualitative research projects. Experience of working with, or undertaking research with, vulnerable populations would be an advantage. The applicant will also need to be able to write to a high standard and hold a first degree in health services research or related subject, along with a PhD or equivalent.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 23 October 2016, with interviews likely to take place on 31 October 2016. This full time post is offered on a fixed term contract until 31 December 2018.

To discuss this role, please contact Dr Cath Quinn on

For more information, or to apply for this position, please visit the Plymouth University webpage and use reference code A5031.

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