Research Fellow - Institute of Applied Health Research

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
£30,942 - £42,792
Mar 17, 2021
Apr 12, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
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 a year.

Grade 7

Full Time / Fixed Term Contract for up to 4 years

Closing date 12 April 2021


We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and capable researcher to work on the (WISE) Wellbeing Investments in Schools and Employers study. This will be a 4 year Wellcome Trust funded project led by Prof Hareth Al-Janabi. The post-holder will be based in the Health Economics Unit in the Institute of Applied Health Research.

The WISE study seeks to establish how schools and workplaces invest resources in mental wellbeing. Investments may include specific 'interventions', as well as staffing, culture, and infrastructure. The study will generate models of decision-making processes, establish how schools and workplaces can be best supported to make equitable and efficient decisions, and develop new research methods for studying investment decisions in organisations.

The post-holder will be one of two research fellows in the study team, with specific responsibility for the 'evidence' work package. They will develop relationships with schools, employers, and policy-makers, conduct in-depth primary and secondary research, and play an important role in ensuring the programme delivers research advances.

Summary of Role

Lead the 'evidence' work package of the WISE study, investigating the current and potential role of evidence in informing wellbeing investments in schools and workplaces. This role comprises:
  • Undertaking all aspects of the research, including study design, data collection, data analysis, and presentation;
  • Undertaking supervision, administration, management and communication for the wider WISE project;
  • Contributing to teaching and research in the wider Institute;

This is an excellent opportunity for an early-career researcher to be involved in delivering an innovative Wellcome Trust-funded grant on mental wellbeing investments. It offers the post-holder the chance to apply (and further develop) qualitative and policy research skills in an environment where they will be well-supported with training and development opportunities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work with the principal investigator (Prof Al-Janabi), research team, and relevant collaborators to develop research objectives, study designs, and research protocols;
  • Collect research data including using cognitive interviews and potentially also through literature reviews, document analysis, and focus groups;
  • Analyse and interpret data, applying knowledge in a way that develops new intellectual understanding;
  • Disseminate research findings orally and in written form for publication, conferences, research seminars etc;
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students and support staff as required;
  • Undertake management/administration tasks related to the WISE project, such as securing ethical approval and running workshops;
  • Contribute to the wider research environment in the Institute;
  • Support the HEU teaching programme, particularly in relation to the Masters programme in Health Economics & Health Policy;

Person Specification
  • PhD (or near to completion), or equivalent experience, in a social science or policy discipline;
  • A record of research output, appropriate to career stage, with potential to publish in leading international journals;
  • Interest in health, economics, and public policy;
  • An aptitude to apply techniques relevant to the work package (cognitive interviews, focus groups, document analysis);
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly;
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Experience of developing new research ideas, with an aptitude for developing new models and methodologies that will advance discipline;
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and develop networks with non-academic organisations;
  • A willingness to undertake training and play a full role in the project team and wider research environment;

Informal enquiries regarding this post are welcome and may be made to Professor Hareth Al-Janabi

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