Research Fellow – Applied Health Research – 95119 – Grade 7/8 -(2100010M)

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Position Details

Institute of 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
or
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553, with potential progression once in post to £55,750 
Grade 8
Full Time FTC up to 3 years 
Closing date 12 July 21

We are only recruiting to 1 post at either Grade 7 or Grade 8 

Job Summary – Grade 7 Research Fellow

This post supports Theme 4 (Maternity) of the NIHR West Midlands Applied Research Collaboration () the continuation of the NIHR West Midlands CLAHRC (). The maternity theme will continue existing work supporting practice development using as robust methods as possible, developing and delivering new studies and ultimately, improving care for mothers and babies.

This role will be critical in delivering the theme’s aims. The research fellow needs to have experience of qualitative and/or quantitative research preferably in the health care system/NHS and ideally hold a doctorate in a relevant discipline. He/she will support the development of new projects and grant applications to investigate how to improve outcomes in maternity care. We will be undertaking mixed methods research across healthcare settings in the maternity pathway from antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care and, in particular examining processes and outcomes of care when mothers cross boundaries or interfaces between services, or areas of concern are identified by stakeholders. Our work includes re-designing care pathways with healthcare professionals.

This post will appeal to those individuals with research expertise who have a passion for improving health care. This role will enable the successful applicant to build on their research and clinical experience under the supervision of Prof Kenyon. We plan to conduct studies using quantitative and qualitative techniques to answer questions of importance to women, families, health professionals and policymakers, including interview and focus group work, and studies using routinely gathered health datasets. Experience in implementation research/ co-production methods would be advantageous. You will have an unrivalled opportunity to undertake impactful research that will support the NHS in a time of rapid change within maternity care and improve outcomes for women and babies, combined with the opportunities of working within an established theme and a large multidisciplinary NIHR infrastructure programme. The NIHR ARC WM is a community of disciplinary and methodological specialists across three universities and six themes, and in this role you will be able to work with, and draw on their expertise.

Job Summary – Grade 8 Research Fellow

The post holder will join an established team in the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham, to work on Theme 4 (Maternity) of the NIHR West Midlands Applied Research Collaboration () led by Professor Sara Kenyon. The ARC is the continuation of the NIHR West Midlands CLAHRC (). The maternity theme works closely with practice and will continue existing work using as robust methods as possible, and to develop and deliver new studies and ultimately, improving care for mothers and babies.

He/she will support ongoing projects and the development of new projects and grant applications to investigate how to improve outcomes in maternity care. We will be undertaking mixed methods research across healthcare settings in the maternity pathway from antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care and, in particular, examine processes and outcomes of care when mothers cross boundaries or interfaces between services, or areas of concern that are identified by stakeholders. The work includes re-designing care pathways with healthcare professionals. More detail of the current projects is on the website and contact with Professor Kenyon prior to applying is strongly encouraged.

This role will be critical in delivering the theme’s aims. Essential to the role are
• Holding a doctorate in a relevant discipline 
• Extensive experience of leading qualitative and/or quantitative research using routinely gathered health datasets
• Experience of working within maternity care ideally or more broadly in the health care system/NHS 
• Advanced communication and networking skills
• Experience in implementation research/ co-production methods would be advantageous

You will have an unrivalled opportunity to undertake impactful research that will support the NHS in a time of rapid change within maternity care and improve outcomes for women and babies, combined with the opportunities of working within an established theme and a large multidisciplinary NIHR infrastructure programme. The NIHR ARC WM is a community of disciplinary and methodological specialists across three universities and six themes, and in this role you will be able to work with, and draw on their expertise.

Main Duties – Grade 7 Research Fellow

The responsibilities will include some but not all of those outlined below.
• Develop research objectives and proposals within the clinical field of maternity in both community and hospital settings
• Contribute to and/or lead protocol writing or writing bids for research funding
• Analysis and interpretation of qualitative and/or quantitative research data
• Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
• Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars and key stakeholder groups.
• Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students as applicable.
• Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods within the field of maternity delivery research
• Undertake management/administration arising from research
• Contribute to Institute research-related activities and research-related administration
• Collect research data in a maternity setting; this may be through a variety of research methods which may include quantitative or qualitative research paradigms as well as systematic reviewing.
• Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications/ reports and delivering presentations at seminars and conferences.
• Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research 
• Identify and provide strategies for problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Main Duties – Grade 8 Research Fellow

In consultation with Professor Kenyon to plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. This may include, where appropriate to the discipline: 
• Pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support
• Provide high quality qualitative expertise for the ARC Maternity Theme projects
• Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research 
• Identify, recruit and consent research participants
• Project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff
• Analyse and interpret research findings and results using appropriate approaches and methods
• Prepare and present findings in high quality publications, conference proceedings and study reports
• Contribute to the mixed methods synthesis of research findings derived from diverse sources
• Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the research being pursued
• Provide expert advice to colleagues and students within discipline
• Plan and pursue knowledge transfer that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University
• Contribute to the administration/management of research across the Institute
• Contribute to some administrative activities within the University, typically relating to research
• Contribute to and manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University.
• Apply knowledge in a way that develops new intellectual understanding
• Actively manage equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour
• Adhere to regulations and procedures relating to data protection and information security

Person Specification – Grade 7 Research Fellow

• First degree and ideally hold a doctorate (or near to completion) in a relevant discipline 
• Demonstrable high level analytical capability in qualitative and/or quantitative research
• Research activity or clinical experience in a health care setting, ideally maternity
• Evidence of communicating complex information clearly
• Ability to write protocols, reports, papers and other academic outputs
• Fluency in quantitative or qualitative methods and ability to contribute to developing new research methodologies. Experience of implementation research / co-production methods would be advantageous.
• Publications in a relevant research setting or methodology
• Experience of assessing resource requirements and effective use of resources to deliver research projects on time and within budget. 
• Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
• Demonstrable trajectory towards research independence

Person Specification – Grade 8 Research Fellow

• High classification first degree and a PhD, preferably in a specialism relevant to applied health research
• Specialist skills in qualitative methods 
• Some research experience in implementation research/ co-production methods would be advantageous as would experience of undertaking research in maternity services. 
• Extensive research experience and scholarship within applied health research
• Experience of multi-partner research projects
• Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation 
• Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
• Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment 

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working. 

Primary Location

:GB-GB-Birmingham

Job

:Academic Non-clinical

Organization

:Applied Health Research

Schedule

:TemporaryFull-time

Job Posting

:15.07.2021, 9:36:00 AMGrade (for job description):Grade 7

Salary (Pay Basis)

:30,942.00

Maximum Salary

:55,750.00

Advert Close Date

:12.08.2021, 6:59:00 PMFixed Term Contract End Date30.09.2024

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