Qualitative Research Fellow - Institute of Applied Health Research - 95270 - Grade 7

University of Birmingham

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Position type:

Full time


£30,942.00 - £42,792.00

19 Feb 2021
21 Mar 2021

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-21000096

Position Details

Medical and Dental Sciences, Applied Health Research

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792

Grade 7

Full Time - Fixed term contract until 30th November 2023

Closing date - 21st March 2021



The Institute of Applied Health wishes to appoint a mixed-methods Research Fellow to conduct qualitative analyses, contribute to quantitative analyses, write papers and grants, and support the conduct and management of studies working across a range of projects in global health and health services research.

The post is supported by a NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) project titled “Transforming the Treatment and Prevention of Leprosy and Buruli ulcers in

in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)” and provides an exciting opportunity to work in global health research. The project is working across three countries – India, Nepal and Nigeria – with the overall aim to improve self-care in the community for leprosy patients who are at risk of recurrent ulcers and further disfigurement and disability and to better understand the needs of patients with Buruli ulcer and the barriers to meeting those needs. The research programme also includes a clinical trial of a promising yet inexpensive tissue regenerative treatment for healing of ulcers.


Summary of Role

This job provides a superb opportunity for a committed researcher with expert qualitative skills to join a dynamic and fast-paced multidisciplinary global health team. The post-holder will be part of an international team on several mixed-methods research studies. This will entail supporting the methodological design of studies, conduct and management of mixed-methods data collection, lead qualitative data analysis and contribute to quantitative data analysis, collaborate with international teams, preparation of manuscripts as well as contributing to applications for further research grants. There will also be opportunity for the development of independent research.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to and support the methodological design of research projects, advising on appropriate design and analysis (qualitative) and supporting writing study protocols.
  • Conduct qualitative analyses for a range of studies within the research programme.
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding to support a developing research programme in low- and middle-income countries as well as in the UK. You will also be encouraged to apply for Fellowship funding.
  • Organise and maintain project-related literature, data and documents; liaising with international collaborators and other stakeholders and coordinate and provide assistance with project-related activities.
  • Produce high quality project reports and other outputs; contribute to presentations at national/international conferences and publish work in high quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • Develop specific areas of expertise in health and clinical intervention research. Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews.
  • Contribute to project meetings within and outside of the department and support project research administrators in the organisation of such meetings.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline.
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration.
  • To engage in continuous professional development.


Person Specification

  • Good honours degree and possession of a PhD in a health or social science or equivalent demonstrable experience in relevant discipline
  • Evidence of high-level qualitative research skills.
  • Experience of academic writing including reports for research projects and academic publications
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex information and ideas clearly.
  • Experience, or an ability to demonstrate an understanding of working with clinicians, health workers and local communities in LMICs.
  • Able to organise own workload and the ability to use initiative in working situations.
  • Experience of working in a team and work effectively under pressure to meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience of disseminating research findings through posters and oral presentations at academic conferences.
  • Experience of mixed methods evaluation in applied health/medical research.
  • Evidence of flair, creativity and commitment
  • Proactive, enthusiastic, flexible and approachable
  • Willingness to travel internationally to partner countries is preferred.


Informal enquiries regarding this post may be made to Jo Sartori (Programme Manager), email j.m.sartori@bham.ac.uk or Professor Richard Lilford r.j.lilford@bham.ac.uk

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