Research Fellow NIHR Research Design Service, London (RDS)

UCL Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 18th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £36,028 - £43,533 per annum
  • REF: 1874544
  • Closes: 07th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The RDS at UCL is looking to appoint an enthusiastic and organised researcher to join our growing team at the NIHR Research Design Service at UCL.

The successful candidate will support clinicians, health and social care professionals and academics to develop research proposals and grant applications for applied health and social care funding, usually NIHR and charities.

The post-holder will provide methodological advice and support along with targeted training/mentorship tailored to the needs of NHS and social care staff, and clinical researchers. The post holder will work with the team at UCL, but will also have access to the training and support within the wider London RDS.

Duration of the post is funded until 30 November 2022 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Candidates should be familiar with research and academic environments, have experience in project management and experience of research methods such as evaluation of complex interventions (RCTS/feasibility/pilot, epidemiology or qualitative methods. Methods related to, and experience of applied health research is essential. The candidates must have exceptional organisational and interpersonal skills.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or be within three months of submission) or equivalent research experience, have research management experience, and be passionate about improving care for people through high quality research.

Please note: appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary 31,542 – 33,257 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

Please contact Dr Elaine Kingwell to discuss the post Email:

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Ione Karney (

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

7 Mar 2021

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date

18 26 March 2021

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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