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Research Fellow

Health Sciences
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,236 - 39,609 a year (reduced pro rata)
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Role Description

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated research fellow with experience in conducting health services research to contribute to the multi-disciplinary team in the Martin House Research Centre (

You will be a member of the Martin House Research Centre working under the direction of Dr Jo Taylor, and Dr Lorna Fraser at the University of York. This Centre is based in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and is a collaboration with the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York (, the University of Leeds, and Martin House Children’s Hospice ( The Centre’s aim is to undertake high quality research that will help to ensure that all children with life-limiting conditions and their families receive equitable, high quality care. This will include research about the health and care workforce, to which you will contribute.

The role

Primarily, you will contribute to a mixed methods study which will increase understanding about the work-related stressors and rewards experienced by children’s hospice staff. The aim of this study is to identify staff support systems and organisational practices that offer the most potential to prevent staff burnout and enhance wellbeing at work. The study will also develop and validate new scales to assess work-related stressors and rewards in this occupational group.

You will take responsibility for co-ordinating and undertaking activities for this project, which includes focus groups, cognitive interviews, literature reviewing, and the collection and analysis of national survey data using appropriate research techniques.

You will also have an opportunity to contribute to the wider portfolio of research being undertaken by the Martin House Research Centre team and the department and will be expected to develop and initiate collaborative working internally and externally.

Duties to include: the building of internal contacts and participation in internal networks; collaboration with colleagues on joint projects as required; participation in and identification of external networks in order to share information and identify potential opportunities for collaboration and possible sources of funding; attendance at and contribution to relevant meetings

You will have a First degree or Masters in a scientific or health related discipline and a PhD or equivalent research experience in a relevant topic area with a strong working knowledge of research techniques and methodologies. Ideally, you will have experience in conducting health services research, in particular literature reviewing and conducting large surveys, and working with health services and their staff.

This is a 0.6 FTE (22.2 hours per week), fixed term post for 18 months.  For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jo Taylor at or on 01904 328083.

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