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Research Assistant/Research Associate* in Psychology or Social Science

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, The Primary Care Unit

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 09th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £26,715-£40,322
  • REF: SN25636
  • Closes: 29th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Research Assistant: £26,715 – £30,942

Research Associate*: £32,816 – £40,322

The Applied Social Science Group within the Primary Care Unit are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated postdoctoral research associate or predoctoral research assistant to a project which explores the experiences and impact of health and social care assessments on children and families. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will have a background in psychology, social science or cognate discipline and a genuine interest in children’s health and social care. The project will pursue analysis of unprecedented linked health, education and social care data for a large cohort of children. One of the unique qualities of the dataset is the availability of structured and unstructured data, including clinical notes. The strengths of the dataset permit ¿ for the first time – pursuit of urgent questions about the movement of families through services over time, and the extent to which children’s safeguarding needs are registered and met. The project is being undertaken in conjunction with National Children’s Bureau, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children and the British Association of Social Workers, which means that findings from the research will have direct routes to policy and professional practice.

The successful candidate will be involved in designing and conducting analysis of this data, with considerable opportunities for intellectual autonomy and creativity. We are looking for someone capable of working responsively to research needs and opportunities as they arise, and with a desire to influence policy for children and families through research. For a research associate appointment, the successful applicant will be educated to PhD level in a relevant subject or be due to complete doctoral studies soon after taking up the post. For a research assistant appointment, the successful applicant will be educated to masters level in a relevant subject.

The successful candidate will join a friendly and supportive team, led by Dr Robbie Duschinsky. This team includes clinicians from various professions (e.g. clinical psychology, general practice, social work) and researchers from across disciplines (e.g. primary care research, epidemiology, sociology, psychology, gender studies). There will be opportunities for collaboration with leading national and international researchers, as well as NHS, children’s social care and policy stakeholders. Patient and Public involvement is at the heart of the project and the postholder will also work directly with our Expert-by-Experience panels, hosted by the National Children’s Bureau, to ensure that the voices of users of children’s social care services inform this research and its dissemination.

The postholder will be well supported in their professional development, with opportunities for developing skills and knowledge. The Investigators will work with the postholder to develop a bespoke training and development plan that will focus on the skills and experience they need to make the most of the opportunities afforded by the project and to progress their career. The postholder will also be supported to apply for funding relevant to their future career development.

*Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be, awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded (PhD needs to be awarded within 6 months of the start date). If an individual has not submitted a PhD or is not working towards one they could be appointed as a Research Assistant if they have a masters in a relevant area or equivalent experience.

The funding for this position is for two years from commencement in post. However, depending on progress, the post is potentially renewable and will commence in Autumn 2021.

The post is full time and we welcome applications for part-time working.

Location East Forvie Building, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Robbie Duschinsky (rd522@medschl.cam.ac.uk)

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Closing Date: 29th March 2021

Interview Date: 7th April 2021

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SN25636 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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