Research Fellow - NETSCC

Expiring today

United Kingdom
£30,942 to £38,017
Dec 18, 2020
Jan 17, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
We are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for a Research Fellow to join our Research on Research (RoR) team. RoR undertakes both qualitative and quantitative research projects gathering evidence to support the continuous improvement of research management activity that underpins the National Institute for Health Research's (NIHR) funding of health and social care research in England.

NIHR is the largest funder of applied health and social care research in the UK with NETSCC as one of its centres responsible for running six major funding programmes. We fund up to £160 million of research each year, with an active portfolio of around £1bn. It is essential that our research management processes enhance our ability to support the delivery of research outcomes that matter to patients and the public. RoR addresses relevant questions that aim to understand and improve the management of research for the benefit of the NIHR and the wider research community in the UK and beyond. Our work is focussed on areas of research earmarked as being of highest relevance to NETSCC, areas that are reviewed and refreshed as appropriate.

RoR is part of the wider research, insight and analysis team based at NETSCC, which provides portfolio insight to understand the impact of the research that we fund. The successful applicant will contribute to building a better understanding of the 'research on research' discipline and how research benefits society.

The successful applicant will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in health or related research and will be expected to contribute to conducting research studies (data collection, analysis) as well as publishing in peer-reviewed journals, produce short reports for internal use, and present findings at relevant national and international conferences and within NIHR to key stakeholders. In joining the team, you will integrate with the vibrant academic communities at the University of Southampton and beyond. You will ideally have -
  • a degree in a scientific, medical or health-related subject,
  • proven experience of working in a team contributing to mixed-method research projects, with a specialism in either qualitative or quantitative research methods,
  • a track record of peer-reviewed publications and experience in presenting their work to both academic and non-academic audiences,
  • strong written and verbal communication skills,
  • experience of doing independent research within a small multidisciplinary team.

While we are ideally recruiting a full-time post we do invite applications from those seeking part-time work (minimum 0.7FTE). Please also note that NETSCC does support flexible working patterns provided that they satisfy the business need of the organisation. The Wessex Institute is committed to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace; and recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns, which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages. We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Staff at the Wessex Institute are currently working remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and it is likely that the successful candidate will also be required to. Once the threat from COVID-19 lessens and the Wessex Institute returns to its physical workplace, some remote and flexible working will be considered on an individual basis, depending on team roles, locations and logistics.

For an informal chat about this post, please contact: Amanda Blatch-Jones, or or 023 8059 5647.

NETSCC is based within the Wessex Institute. The institute is a large enterprise unit within the University of Southampton situated at the University of Southampton's Science Park, Chilworth, which is home to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), funded by the Department of Health. The institute is within the University's Faculty of Medicine and has a dedicated team focused on providing high quality, practice-based research evidence on making a difference to patients and the public and to support decision makers in health and social care. We offer a broad range of scientific and clinical expertise in added-value health research, research management and in health technology assessment. Our teams also comprise health research administrators, specialists in information management, finance, contracting, public and patient involvement and communications. The University Science Park offers a pleasant, spacious and green working environment, on-site childcare facilities, coffee shop and good transport access, including a regular commuter bus link.

The University of Southampton is an institution in the top one per cent of world universities and has an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. The University offers excellent benefits including generous holidays, flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to develop your career in a professional and friendly working environment.

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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