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Research Fellow (Qualitative)

Health Sciences
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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40,322 - 49,553 a year
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Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position to work on a range of qualitative studies within the NIHR funded CHAMP-1 research programme led by Professor Jim McCambridge.  CHAMP-1 is working with the pharmacy profession and with patients to design, and evaluate in a definitive trial, a person-centred intervention that develops the new role of pharmacists in primary care by finding ways to discuss alcohol within routine medication optimisation services. The post holder will be supervised by Dr. Mary Madden.

This post offers an excellent career development opportunity for a qualitative researcher with post-doctoral experience in health research.


  • To conduct qualitative studies including data collection, organisation and analysis, write academic papers, and report and present research results
  • To use qualitative data analysis to help intervention development
  • To also participate actively in the planning and management of qualitative research projects with collaborators and professional and public stakeholders, making a substantial contribution to the running of the research programme in general
  • To identify and develop potential areas of further research on the basis of data collected and analysed, and the development of proposals for collaborative research projects 

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree in health or social sciences
  • PhD in a relevant subject, with a significant qualitative component applicable to health
  • Knowledge in a range of qualitative research techniques and methodologies, such as discourse, conversation and thematic analysis
  • Knowledge of how qualitative research contributes to complex intervention development and testing
  • In-depth qualitative research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department's research strategy and goals
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also to take responsibility for own work using initiative
  • Ability to use qualitative analysis methods and data analysis software
  • Ability to write up research work for publication and onward dissemination
  • Highly developed interpersonal and empathic skills necessary for interviewing people experiencing health problems and busy NHS staff
  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for own and joint research
  • Competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • Ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds, with collaborators if required
  • Competency to make presentations at internationally recognised conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events
  • Experience of undertaking publicly evidenced high quality research
  • Evidenced active participation in the planning and advancement of research projects
  • Some experience of  involvement in  research funding applications
  • Evidence of dissemination of scholarly work which may include: the publishing of research in peer-reviewed journals; the presentation of papers at conferences and workshops; participation in public engagement events to disseminate research; the publishing of chapters in text books or similar academic outlets; the development of websites
  • Experience of conducting individual or group interviews

Interview date: 24 March 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Mary Madden at or Professor Jim McCambridge at

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