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Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow

Primary Care and Population Sciences

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £30,395 to £38,460 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 55 months
Closing Date:  Thursday 13 December 2018
Interview Date:   Tuesday 18 December 2018
Reference:  1083718LG

Depending on experience the position will be appointed at either a Research Fellow, Level 4 - £30,395 - £37,345 per annum or a Senior Research Fellow, Level 5 - £38,460.

In this position you will be part of a team working on a research programme entitled: “Improving adult health in sub-Saharan Africa through couples-focused interventions for HIV, STIs and diabetes.” The team includes Prof. Lucy Yardley (University of Southampton and University of Bristol) and Prof. Sally Wyke (University of Glasgow). Specifically, you will lead on intervention design using logic models and following the Person-Based Approach to intervention development, undertake comprehensive reviews of the literature, conduct qualitative analyses and liaise regularly with South African partners regarding primary data collection. 

You will need to be able to work overseas in rural South Africa for visits of approximately 3 weeks, 2-3 times per year, as part of managing project-related activities with the South African teams engaged in primary data collection. The successful candidate will hold a national passport of a country that is exempt from visas for visits to South Africa of up to 90 days per annum (see A full driving licence is highly desirable.

The overall programme aims to explore the value of couples-focused behaviour change strategies for health intervention research and practice in sub-Saharan Africa and is run in partnership between the University of Southampton and two South African institutions: Human Sciences Research Council and University of Cape Town. The position is based at Southampton General Hospital within the Public Health Group in the School of Primary Care and Population Sciences, and is funded by a Global Health Professorship award from the National Institute of Health Research. 

You will have a PhD in health psychology or a closely related social science discipline that has included training in health behaviour change. You can demonstrate experience of conducting primary data collection including individual interviews and focus groups, and qualitative analysis. You will possess excellent organisational, communication and computing skills, and must have experience of effectively working as part of a team.  Experience of working in intervention development with the behaviour change wheel and / or Person-Based approach is highly desirable.

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.

Interviews will be held by Skype on 18th December 2018, you will be contacted on 14th December if you are shortlisted for this vacancy with the relevant details of your interview. The position is tenable from 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Informal inquiries may be made to Prof. Nuala McGrath via email: or telephone: +44 (0)23 81206533

Please can all applicants submit a CV with their application.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1083718LG on all correspondence.

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The Faculty of Medicine holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award demonstrating commitment to equal opportunities and gender balance in the workplace. The Faculty recognises that applicants may seek flexible working patterns which will be considered as part of the recruitment process. For further information including key benefits designed to help maintain and support employees' well-being and work-life balance, please see our working with us website pages.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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