Research Associate in the Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation at KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

job description

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience in the Marie Curie Better End of Life programme, a UK-wide research program in palliative and end-of-life care: https://www. kcl.ac.uk/research/better-end-of-life-project

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual with a background in palliative care research (or a related field) and a strong interest in health research and policy. You will join a thriving research team and contribute to impactful research in palliative and end-of-life care.

The post holder will be based at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, and will work closely with colleagues from the Wolfson Palliative Research Centre, Hull-York Medical School, and PELiCam, the Palliative and End of Cambridge University Life Care Group.

The Better End of Life program is a national research study that is now in its second year of the initial three-year funding. The aim of the program is to understand the outcomes and experiences of people affected by death, dying and bereavement in the UK, and to present this evidence in a format that compels policy makers to act. As part of this, we publish annual Better End of Life reports.

The program includes three parallel Workstreams. The incumbent will mainly work on WS1 which generates new data on the quality of care and support for people at the end of life thanks to a large national survey of bereaved relatives and caregivers. The post holder will also contribute to an innovative public and policy engagement program that accompanies the research.

Applicants should be highly motivated individuals with excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently as well as in a team, and with experience in health research. We look forward to hearing from candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences who are driven by impact and interested in political engagement.

The purpose of the role will be:

• Lead the delivery and analysis of the WS1 Post-Bereavement Survey

• Have oversight on all workstreams and contribute to public and policy engagement activities

• Liaise with the Marie Curie funder, including opportunities to be involved in political engagement

• Work in close collaboration with our collaborators from Hull York Medical School and the University of Cambridge

• Coordination of meetings of the project management group and the PPI

The position is hosted at the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation. This specialized institute brings together clinicians, researchers and service users to translate research findings more quickly to patients and families.

The incumbent will report to Prof. Katherine Sleeman, Professor of Palliative Medicine.

This position will be offered on a 16 month full time fixed term contract.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead the design, delivery and components of the WS1 Post-Bereavement Survey
  • Contribute to all work streams and patient and public engagement activities
  • Oversee the day-to-day coordination and management of the research program, working collaboratively with study partners to ensure the project is delivered on time
  • Prepare and submit applications and amendments for ethical and regulatory approvals, as required
  • Contribute to the preparation and writing of Marie Curie’s annual reports, in collaboration with the extended team
  • Lead and contribute to the writing of scientific articles and policy briefs
  • Work closely with the extended team, including collaborators from Hull York Medical School and the University of Cambridge
  • Represent the project team at meetings with Marie Curie and other partners, represent the project at national and international conferences
  • Develop excellent working relationships with other team members and Institute staff
  • Contribute to research and education activities within the Cicely Saunders Institute

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected within the scope and classification of the position.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

1. PhD in Health Sciences or Social Sciences or similar and proven track record of high quality scientific research

2. Degree in health sciences or social sciences or similar, awarded at a high standard (e.g. first or 2:1)

3. Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, good understanding of statistics and proficiency with data analysis software packages such as Stata and NVIVO

4. Mastery of critical appraisal and literature review

5. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Able to produce high quality reports and documents, demonstrating attention to detail and accuracy

6. Excellent computer skills related to research: word processing; reference management (Endnote); packages to support data analysis (e.g. SPSS, Stata)

7. Commitment to high-quality, impactful research that improves care for people with life-threatening illnesses and their caregivers

8. Highly organized, self-motivated, ability to work independently as well as in a team, ability to meet deadlines and prioritize competing workloads, flexible, able to manage and support other staff

9. Ability to work respectfully and productively with people who have cultural values ​​different from yours

Desirable criteria

1. Understanding of the political context of palliative and end-of-life care, and experience in political engagement

2. Enthusiasm for audience engagement

3. Research experience with surveys

4. Experience with ethical applications

Please note that this is a PhD level position, however applicants who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting their PhD will be considered. In these circumstances, the appointment will be in 5th year, spine 30 with the title of research assistant. Upon confirmation of the PhD award, the job title will change to Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

More information

Your work base will be at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, Denmark Hill Campus. Research and academic staff are currently working remotely and in person, with all staff on campus at least one day a week. This may change in the future, depending on government and academic guidance.

Although the position is advertised as full-time, we welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time work (minimum 60% FTE).

Funding is available for 16 months initially.

Interviews will take place via MS Teams during the week of August 8, 2022.