Research Fellow in Health Research job with UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

School of Health Sciences

Location:  Highfield Campus

Salary:   £33,314 to £40,931 Per annum

Full Time Fixed Term for 12 months

Closing Date:  Tuesday 24 January 2023

Interview Date:   To be confirmed

Reference:  2114222CF

The research project

We are seeking an enthusiastic Research Fellow with experience of undertaking qualitative and quantitative research in health care settings to work on a 15 month project funded by the National Institute for Health and Care – Research for Patient Benefit programme (job role is fixed term for 12 months). The project investigates current nutritional practice in infants born with duodenal atresia. Such infants require surgery soon after birth to correct a congenital obstruction in the upper intestine. Following surgery it typically takes 2-3 weeks to regain normal function during which time, clinicians use either parenteral (intravenous) nutrition through an indwelling central venous catheter or enteral feed (into the intestine) through a trans-anastomotic tube (TAT). Whilst data suggesting benefits to TAT feeding over intravenous feeding, only a relatively small number of children’s surgeons use TAT feeding. This research seeks to understand the attitudes and barriers to use of trans-anastomotic feeding to using TAT feeding and develop an understanding of what it would take to change clinician’s practice.

The role

Working under the direction of lead investigator Dr Nigel Hall and line managed by co-investigator Dr Joanne Turnbull you will play a key role in organizing and conducting qualitative interviews with health care professionals (telephone / video interviews), contributing to two focus groups and analyzing qualitative data. You will also play a key role in designing, administering and analyzing a quantitative survey. You will contribute where necessary towards the project administration, drafting papers and presenting results at conferences. 

This role is offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 12 months. Remote working will be considered.

About you

You will have a good first degree and postgraduate qualification (minimum MSc) in a relevant health or social science discipline (e.g. health sciences, sociology, social policy, social psychology), and experience in health services research/related health or social science research. You will have demonstrable mixed methods research skills such as interview methods and focus groups, qualitative data analysis, survey methods and quantitative data analysis using descriptive statistics. You will need to be able to work independently and as part of the project team comprising co-investigators from the Faculty of Medicine (Drs Nigel Hall and Mark Johnson) and the School of Health Sciences (Dr Joanne Turnbull). You will need to work effectively with key stakeholders, PPI representatives, and healthcare professionals to develop, deliver and disseminate the work of the research project. Knowledge of the NHS and experience of NHS ethics and research governance processes would be an advantage.

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.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Dr Nigel Hall ([email protected]) or Dr Joanne Turnbull ([email protected]) If you need any assistance about the application procedure, please contact Michelle HR Recruitment Team on +44 (0) 2380 592750 or e-mail [email protected]. Please quote reference 2114222CF on all correspondence.


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