College of Medicine & Health

This part-time (0.5 FTE) post is available from January 2022 on a fixed term basis until June 2023.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Graduate Research Assistant to support a newly funded NIHR research project led by Sarah L. Brand, a Senior Research Fellow in the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC) in the College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter. This NIHR funded post is available from January 2022 for 18 months at 0.5 FTE and will report to Jo Day, a Research Fellow in the implementation research team in PenARC.

The successful applicant will work on an exciting new NIHR-funded research project to understand what works to implement a child protection pathway re-design in new Local Authorities under which circumstances. The project is a partnership with practitioners in children’s social care. Our Local Authority partners developed and will be rolling out their child protection pathway re-design to new Local Authorities during this project. The successful candidate will use their qualitative and quantitative research skills to evaluate the helpers and hindrances to the implementation of a children’s social care service re-design (child protection services) in 8-12 new Local Authorities.

The implementation evaluation will focus on understanding how existing varied child protection pathways can be adapted to best afford uptake and sustainability of the service re-design. Data collection will include questionnaires, surveys, interviews, focus groups, and routine data. The role will be located at St Luke’s in Exeter within the implementation team. If suitable to the candidate, there is the possibility of remote working from outside of Exeter, with some attendance at the Exeter campus for key meetings. Most of the planned data collection will be remote from Local Authorities located across England. The successful candidate will be motivated, able to work independently, systematic, determined, and organised with experience of a range of data collection and analysis both qualitative and quantitative.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification available on our website.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university in the top 200 of universities worldwide. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. We have over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and have been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon
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