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- Research Fellow , UK

Research Fellow

The University of Edinburgh

Vacancy Ref: :  041563

Closing Date :  07-Nov-2017
Contact Person :  Dr Ingrid Young Contact Number :  (0)131 650 3243
Contact Email :  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We wish to appoint an outstanding Research Fellow at the Usher Institute. Reporting to, and working with, Dr Ingrid Young you will support work on the Wellcome Trust Seed Award “Sex, drugs and activism: Negotiating biological citizenship and pharmaceutical prevention”. This research project will look at PrEP in the UK as a case study to better understand the role of community and clinical activism, sexual citizenship and the use of pharmaceuticals for prevention in sexual heatlh. You will undertake research activities including qualitative research design and data collection in community and clinical settings, data analysis, and publication; and contribute to new research initiatives arising from the Award, including the development of grant applications for related projects.
You will have a PhD (or near completion) or equivalent research experience in social sciences (medical sociology/anthropology or science and technology studies). Demonstrable experience of conducting ethnographic fieldwork and/or in-depth individual or focus group interviews and experience of qualitative data analysis is essential. Ability to work independently under appropriate supervision, excellent project management and organisational skills with a flexible approach to working and willingness to travel as required are also crucial to the post.
The post will be taken up as soon as possible from 1st January 2018 and is fixed term to 31st December 2018 (full time – 35 hours).
Please include your CV and a supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post.
Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Ingrid Young (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Closing Date: 7th November 2017
Further Particulars
1. Job Details
Job title: Research Fellow
Deanery/Support Dept: Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences /
                                    Usher Institute

Unit: Centre for Population Health Sciences
Line manager: Dr Ingrid Young
2. Job Purpose
To support work on the Wellcome Trust Seed Award “Sex, drugs and activism:
Negotiating biological citizenship and pharmaceutical prevention” by undertaking research activities including design, data collection, analysis, and publication; and contributing to new research initiatives arising from the Award, including the development of grant applications for related projects.
3. Main Responsibilities
To assist with the design and conduct fieldwork for the above project which will include but not be limited to in-depth interviews and other ethnographic methods across sites and groups (e.g. community events and meetings, clinics, community health settings, activists, clinicians, third sector organisations, and publics) working independently and as part of the team. (Approx 40% of time)
To analyse within and across project data sets (including ethnographic, cultural and social media) independently and with Dr Ingrid Young; engage critically with the wide range of literature relevant to biomedicalisation, citizenship, sexuality and sexual health, and to contribute to peer reviewed publications arising from and related to the project’s research. (Approx 25% of time)
To organise project meetings with the project steering committee and collaborators where appropriate and develop the research programme according to the project timeline. (Approx 5% of time)
To contribute to the development and delivery of our public engagement and knowledge exchange strategies, including use of social media (Approx 10% of time)
To assist with the development of novel research initiatives arising from the project, including proposals for further funding. (Approx 10% of time)
To work with the PI to ensure project timelines and deliverables are monitored and support applications for internal and external research ethics review as required. (Approx 5% of time)
To engage with the wider culture of the Institute and associated research groupings and undertake training and development as required. (Approx 5% of time)
4. Planning and Organising
The post holder will be required to work flexibly and be well organised in producing this type of work. The post holder will support the work of the project, guided by the overall research plan and timeline, and will work closely with the line manager to ensure that the overall aims of the project are being met.
The post holder will be expected to work both independently and as part of a team with the PI, consultant researcher and collaborators. The post holder will be responsible for managing workload on a day to day basis within an agreed project plan, and will work closely with the PI in support of the research and associated activities.
The post holder will be responsible for maintaining accurate and appropriate records in line with our data management policies. This will include research data as well as databases of stakeholder contacts and information on outputs.
5. Problem Solving
The post holder will be expected to be able to handle day to day issues arising in their work, using their judgment either to defer unresolved issues for discussion during regular weekly meetings with the PI or escalate for more urgent attention by the PI as required.
6. Decision Making
The post holder will be expected to deal with routine decisions associated with conducting fieldwork, documentary research, and analysis, using regular meetings with the PI to discuss overall progress and challenges.
Decisions about key aspects of research direction, including selection of study areas and any deviation from project plan, will be discussed with the PI and project collaborators.
7. Key Contacts/Relationships
Key contact is the Principal Investigator and line manager (IY). The post holder will also liaise with project collaborators, administrative and support staff within the Institute.
8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
• PhD (or near completion) or equivalent research experience in social sciences (medical sociology/anthropology or science and technology studies).
• Experience of conducting ethnographic fieldwork and/or in-depth individual or focus group interviews.
• Experience of qualitative data analysis.
• Knowledge and experience of undertaking health related research.
• Knowledge and/or experience of undertaking research on and around sexual health and rights.
• Experience with qualitative analysis software.
• Experience with social media.
• Experience of internet research methods.
• Experience of public engagement or patient involvement.
• Experience of public engagement and participatory methods.
• Experience of working with non-academic partners, such as third sector organisations and/or activists.
Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
• Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed, academic journals.
• Ability to work independently under appropriate supervision.
• Excellent project management and organisational skills.
• Excellent personal, written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work as part of a team including across sites and collaboratively.
• A flexible approach to working and willingness to travel as required.
• Knowledge and experience of sexual health and rights.
9. Dimensions
The post holder will be expected to liaise with academic and administrative staff across the Usher Institute, and with project collaborators across the University and from external institutions.
Post details: Full-time to 31st December 2018
10. Job Context and any other relevant information

The Usher Institute is a diverse and multi-disciplinary research environment. Within this, the Social Studies of Biomedicine research group examines ethical and social aspects of individual and population health. We have strong links across the University to allied research groups in the School of Law and the School of Social and Political Sciences, forming a cross-College interdisciplinary research cluster on the theme of Biomedicine, Self and Society.
The aim of the Seed Award is to use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the UK as a case study to explore the relationship between sexuality, activism, and biological citizenship. The project will draw on historical research (documentaries, memoirs, cultural texts) and dynamic ethnographic methods to explore activism, clinical health provision and community practices across the UK in relation to HIV and pharmaceuticals. The project will consider the relationship between public and private provision of health, social inequalities, sexual identities and histories and the role of ‘community’ during a transformative period in UK PrEP policy and practice. The project will consider implications of these findings for other areas where sexuality, activism and pharmaceutical prevention intersect to shape health practices.

Standard Disclosure
This post is subject to a Standard Disclosure Check. Employment in this post is conditional on the University receiving a satisfactory standard Disclosure check. The successful candidate will not be permitted to commence employment until this has been received. Information provided will be kept confidential and individuals will not be discriminated against unnecessarily due to non relevant offending background.
If you require further information regarding Disclosure, please refer to:
The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £32,548 to £38,833 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.
This post is available on a fixed term basis, with a working pattern of 35 hours per week for until 31.12.18.
Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.
For further information please visit our pension’s website:
Eligibility to Work
In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.
For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website
If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, it may be possible for the University of Edinburgh to sponsor you to obtain a Tier 2 (General) visa to enable you to take up the appointment should you be successful at interview.
For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website:
However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.
If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.
The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).
You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).
Tier1 (Exceptional and Exceptional Promise) Endorsement Criteria
Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available on the UKVI website:
Application Procedure
All applicants should apply online by clicking the “apply” button at the foot of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.
Closing date: 7th November at 5pm.
Interview date
You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.
The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual. 

The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) 
The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS) is one of three research centres within the Usher Institute. An interdisciplinary research hub, it draws together researchers, clinicians and practitioners from public health, primary care, biomedical and social sciences with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, sociology, social policy, psychology, economics, geography, health promotion, nursing and medicine.
We host several collaboarative centres:
• The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
• The Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research
• The Scottish Collaboration on Public Health Research and Policy
and also the Mackenzie Medical Centre, a General Practice surgery in Edinburgh.
Usher Institute
The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics was launched in April 2015, and is directed by Professor Andrew Morris, FRSE, FMedSci. The vision of the Institute is to “conduct transformative research that impacts upon health care to improve the health and well-being of patients, communities and populations locally and globally”. It brings together a critical mass of over 200 researchers and support staff with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, informatics, computer science, clinical science, sociology, social policy, governance, ethics, politics, medical law psychology, economics, geography, health promotion and medicine to create a truly interdisciplinary research institute. The research and innovation community also supports leadership and delivery for Edinburgh Data Science.
Usher Institute 
Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences 
Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences is one of three Deaneries in Edinburgh Medical School which, together with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, makes up the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The Deanery is headed by Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley and comprises the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM), the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, the Division of Pathology and the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. The Deanery currently attracts annual research grants of around £40M, including a number of full programme grants, and has around 630 employees including 39 Professors, over 260 other academic members of staff and 330 members of support staff. The Deanery operates across three University of Edinburgh sites; the Western General Hospital campus, the Central Area, and Little France. Staff contribute undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and offer on-campus and on-line programmes. There is a vibrant PhD community in both IGMM and the Usher Institute.
Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine 
The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine traces its origins back nearly 500 years (Darwin, Simpson and Conan-Doyle were students here) and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching. Headed by Professor Sir John Savill, the only conjoint Medical and Veterinary Medical School in the UK employs over 2300 academic and support staff. The College has two Schools, the Edinburgh Medical School comprising 3 Deaneries; Biomedical Sciences; Molecular Genetic and Population Health Sciences and Clinical Sciences and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences
Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Teaching Organisation
Edinburgh Medical School: Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
Edinburgh Medical School: Clinical Sciences
The undergraduate medicine teaching programme in the College enjoys a high reputation nationally and internationally, with over 1,300 students enrolled on the MBChB and Intercalated courses and nearly 1000 on the Veterinary Sciences BVS and related programmes. In addition, approximately 2000 students are currently enrolled in the College’s taught and research post-graduate courses, including an extensive range of online distance learning diplomas and degrees. They are trained by over 1000 outstanding academic staff. Details of PhDs, research programmes and studentships are available through our interdisciplinary research institutes and centres.
The academic disciplines within Medicine are largely concentrated in the two teaching hospital campuses, the Royal Infirmary at Little France and the Western General Hospital. Both have extensive new infrastructure with major research institutes and state of the art research facilities on clinical sites. Edinburgh hosts a number of prestigious MRC and BHF Research Centres. The approach is interdisciplinary, with basic and clinical researchers working together at the laboratory bench and in our clinical research facilities to address major themes in basic, clinical and translational medicine.
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies on the Easter Bush Campus houses outstanding teaching and clinical facilities as well as the splendid Roslin Institute, one of the world’s leading veterinary research centres. The College offers outstanding opportunities to address ‘One Health’ and Global Health problems of the highest international priority.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The College’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF2014 results. Medicine, the University’s largest submission, was ranked in the top 5 in the UK. Veterinary Medicine came 1st in the UK, and retained its position as the UK’s top Vet School. It made a joint submission with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Neuroscience was ranked 3rd in the UK out of 82 submissions, representing a major advance. Overall, 84% of the College’s research activity was rated world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*). In terms of 'one medicine' research (human and animal medicine), the University of Edinburgh's research power (quality x volume) is the strongest in the UK. 
The University of Edinburgh 
For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.
As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.
As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.
The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information.
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