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Research Fellow

Health Sciences
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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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Fixed term
32,236 - 39,609
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Role Description

The York Trials Unit (YTU) is one of the UK’s leading centres for the design and analysis of randomised controlled trials. Reliable and valid outcome measures are essential for high quality RCTs. The COLT (COmplex Leg Trauma) study has the long-term aim of developing a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) that captures the health-related quality of life in individuals who have experienced a complex trauma injury to the lower limb and that could be used to capture patient outcomes following lower limb reconstruction interventions. The successful applicant will work with the COLT team to undertake the initial stages of developing a PROM in order to establish the need for a new tool and develop a conceptual framework to inform content of a future tool.

You will contribute to the qualitative and systematic review protocols for the COLT study, undertake key systematic review activities including data extraction and analysis as well as qualitative interviews with patients and healthcare professionals and qualitative data synthesis. You will conduct individual and collaborative research including preparation of documentation for ethics and governance approvals, data collection, analysis and interpretation of research data, dissemination (including journal publications, conference presentations and stakeholder engagement) and contributing to identification of possible new areas of research.

You will be required to develop excellent working relationships both internally and externally, attending and contributing to appropriate meetings. The post will be based at the University of York, although you will be expected to travel to research sites across England to undertake fieldwork and attend project meetings.  You will undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the project as required.

Key requirements: (see candidate brief for more details):

  • First or higher degree in a relevant discipline
  • MSc or PhD in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience
  • Experience of qualitative research methods and data analysis
  • Experience of undertaking systematic reviews
  • Experience of conducting independent and collaborative research
  • Experience of writing up research work for peer-reviewed publications and other forms of dissemination
  • Able to use a range of computer software packages, including for example qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo

This is a new post that is jointly funded by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The position is available immediately.  Informal enquiries welcome to Dr Catriona McDaid at

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 24 months.

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