Research Associate – Policy and Engagement, and Semi-Quantitative Studies on Aging at KINGS COLLEGE LONDON


job description

Are you interested in engaging the public in research? Do you want to network with the charitable sector and involve older people in policy making?

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual invested in policy development and public engagement to fill a temporary (38 months) full-time research position. This is a key position in an interdisciplinary research program funded by a UK Future Research and Innovation Leaders in Aging Sciences and Youth Culture Fellowship. The position is available from April 1, 2022.

The sciences of aging and youth culture focus on cultural pessimism about aging as shaping perceptions of worth and worth in human beings and as guiding decisions about priorities for care, research and funding. The project is hosted at the English Department (Center for Humanities and Health) at King’s College London, but evolves at the interdisciplinary intersection of literary studies, medical sciences and empirical research. Like the IP, Dr Martina Zimmermann, with a dual training in neuropharmacology and human health sciences, the PDRA working on this project will be keen to combine disciplines and faculties.

A diverse set of skills and interests is required for this position and you need to invest in two key areas that will be mutually beneficial and nurture each other as they evolve with the charitable sector: policy making and public engagement.

You have a keen interest in health care policy and are ready to engage with decision makers and health economists, while seeking opportunities with third sector partners to involve service users in health care activities. policy development. Under the direction, as appropriate, of PI and King’s Policy Institute staff, you will be responsible for the organization and delivery of policy labs, including the preparation of policy briefs and the drafting and design of policy lab reports. In line with national outreach strategies, you will organize and announce public engagement events, collect event-based research data, and develop frameworks to capture and assess public engagement and impact activities. You are an inventive innovator who will bring added value by designing methodologies that will study the meanings of aging throughout life and identify expressive strategies for sharing the results with a wide audience.

You will write the research findings and results for publication and help organize the project more broadly. You will work synergistically with other team members in their engagement with local community groups and their users.

The department is committed to creating an equitable and diverse university environment. We therefore welcome applicants from under-represented communities.

Candidates interested in applying for this position are encouraged to contact the PI ([email protected]) for informal inquiries by December 17th at the latest.

This position will be offered on a 38-month full-time, fixed-term contract.

Main responsibilities

  • Contribute to the preparation and organization of policy development workshops, including literature review, writing briefing notes and writing policy lab reports, and engaging with policy makers, health economists, third sector representatives and policy researchers;
  • Create and organize participatory public engagement activities (workshop, theater, social media);
  • Assess the impact on the meanings and expectations of aging of these public engagement activities using semi-quantitative research tools, including surveys;
  • Link these public engagement activities to policy development activities;
  • Build new relationships, inside and outside London, with the local charitable sector;
  • Optimize social media delivery and invest in web activities, including through a project website and blog.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the incumbent will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities that can reasonably be expected in the course and classification of the position.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

1. A doctorate in social sciences, in fields related to aging, dementia or the course of life;

2. Experience working with a number of stakeholders in a range of fields beyond academia (eg policy makers, practitioners, patient and public organizations, industry);

3. Experience in managing research projects;

4. Significant knowledge and appropriate experience in using semi-quantitative and qualitative approaches in social research (including surveys);

5. Excellent mixed media skills including, for example, social media, slides, infographics and backgrounders, with knowledge of related software;

6. Experience in the design and implementation of audience engagement activities, such as techniques based on workshops and plays;

7. Experience in designing or implementing public engagement and impact assessment frameworks;

8. Successful experience in publishing your research results in international peer-reviewed journals;

9. Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and presentation, including with external stakeholders;

10. The ability to work independently as well as in a team;

11. A desire to work inter-faculty, within an interdisciplinary team of researchers.

Desirable criteria

1. Awareness of the policy relating to changes in aging;

2. Experience in conducting evidence syntheses (eg, evidence summaries, systematic reviews, meta-analyzes) and evidence assessment;

3. Investing in knowledge exchange beyond the academy, including research experience in areas related to policy development;

4. Interest in working with older service users and those who do not use support services;

5. Knowledge of ethical and legal requirements in terms of data protection, management and confidentiality.

Please note that this is a doctoral level position, but applicants who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting their doctoral degree will be considered. In these circumstances, the appointment will be made at level 5, spine point 30 with the title of research assistant. After confirmation of the doctoral award, the job title will become a research associate and the salary will increase to grade 6.