Senior Research Fellow / Principal Research Fellow – Centre for Behaviour Change

Faculty Brain Sciences

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 22nd Feb 2021
  • Salary: Grade 8 £44,737 - £52,764 per annum or Grade 9 £57,342 per annum
  • REF: 1874779
  • Closes: 14th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

An opening exists for a highly experienced and enthusiastic researcher with an interest in behaviour change and proven research management skills to oversee and coordinate the research activities of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change.

The purpose of the job is to lead the conduct of various research projects currently underway at the CBC. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced researcher to contribute to a diverse portfolio of highly interdisciplinary and applied programmes of research on topics such as antimicrobial resistance and improving maternal health. The role will provide an excellent opportunity to work on high profile, large-scale studies, with researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from a diverse range of backgrounds both nationally and internationally. The post is particularly well suited to someone with experience in implementation science and/or health services research.

The post-holder will be required to provide behavioural science input into all stages of our current research studies, in particular, leading the formative research, intervention development and/or process evaluation work packages. The post-holder will be responsible for managing a team of research staff and students, providing overall co-ordination of their work, support, mentoring and training. You will be responsible for project management and ensuring research is conducted to a high ethical standard, on time and to budget. You will also be expected to contribute to dissemination of research findings via publications in high-quality journals and presentations to a wide range of academic and non-academic audiences. There may also be opportunities for the post-holder to engage in consultancy and training activities.

This post is a fixed term maternity cover until February 2022, with the possibility of extension.

Key Requirements

You should have excellent research, research management, and communication skills. Applicants should have a 2.1 (or higher) in Psychology and a PhD in Behavioural Science or a closely related field. You should have excellent knowledge of behavioural science theory, methods, and evidence, and be able to apply this to a wide range of topics. Ideally, you will have demonstrated experience in conducting implementation science and/or health services research and strong knowledge of intervention development and process evaluation methodologies. You will have demonstrated expertise in using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Experience in research leadership and independent research is essential.

You should be an enthusiastic, efficient, and responsive individual with experience of establishing collaborative links in projects that are multi-disciplinary and multi-centre. You will have comprehensive knowledge of research ethics and experience of securing ethical approvals. You will have strong practical, problem-solving skills and experience of effectively managing multiple work streams and research projects. You will have a strong record of peer-review publications and experience in securing and managing research funding.

We may appoint this post at Grade 8 or Grade 9 (restricted to point 46 due to funding) depending on the experience of the successful candidate.

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.

For queries about the role please contact Fabiana Lorencatto

For advert queries contact Bethany McKinnon

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

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

Closing Date

14 Mar 2021

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date

24 March 2021

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

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