Research Fellow – Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation INTERNAL ONLY

King's College London

Job id: 080331. Salary: £51,974 – £61,021 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 04 December 2023. Closing date: 10 December 2023.

Business unit: Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care. Department: Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Contact details:Irene Higginson. [email protected]

Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Research.

Job Description

We are pleased to offer this excellent opportunity to join our team as a Research Fellow at the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated individual with a growing track record in research in palliative care, a strong interest in research in clinical trials and/or breathlessness in palliative care and translating this into impact, practice and policy. You should be ambitious in planning and achieving future grant capture and/or a personal fellowship, and in dissemination and publication. You will join a thriving research team and contribute to impactful research in palliative and end of life care.

In particular, the post-holder will co-ordinate and lead the work on the major international interdisciplinary programme on breathlessness, supporting and aiding Professor Irene Higginson, including project closure, disseminating and preparing new grant applications. In addition, the post-holder will assist Dr Sabrina Bajwah in the set up and initial 6 months (2 days per week) of a new inclusive, qualitative study to improve bereavement services for those from ethnically diverse groups.  We envisage that the postholder will be able to use this position to transition to greater academic independence, and following the role will be well placed to have secured external grant funding to cover their salary and/or a lectureship.

This post will be offered on a fixed term full time contract until 31st January 2025.

Key responsibilities

  • To lead on management and research activities for the international programme of research on breathlessness, including on better treatments and care for refractory and severe breathlessness, supporting patient and public involvement, and liaising with and providing reports to funding, ethics and regulatory bodies.
  • Support and aid Professor Higginson in taking forward research in the breathlessness programme, specifically aiding the dissemination and further analysis of the international EC funded Better B programme, including supporting publications, and leading specific publications as agreed.
  • To assist Dr Sabrina Bajwah in the set up and delivery of the NIHR funded project Equitable Bereavement Care for All Ethnicities study (this project is supported 2 days per week for 6 months, as per funding). This will include recruiting and conducting qualitative interviews of ethnically diverse bereaved relatives, analysing data, and writing a paper for publication. The post holder will attend all relevant meetings related to the project and work closely with stakeholders and PPI to ensure recruitment to the study is maximised.
  • Actively identify new research opportunities for further breathlessness or relevant related research (both collaborative projects and potentially a personal fellowship for the postholder) and contribute to preparing and summiting new successful applications for funding.
  • Directly respond to queries regarding the Better B and other relevant breathlessness research, and meeting and explaining the work to relevant visitors.

              *Undertake literature reviews, analyses, reports, and lead or contribute to writing of scientific papers and policy briefs, policy engagement, dissemination and impact activity, maintaining excellent proactive documentation and records for the projects supporting and planning

              *Deliver high quality and timely communication, prepare and deliver presentations and teaching as required, and actively collaborate with study partners, to motivate partners and teams and ensure activities are delivered on time and of a high quality

              *Prepare and submit applications, amendments and reports for ethics and regulatory approvals, as required,

  • Represent the projects at meetings and conferences as required
  • Manage own workload to deliver quality activities to time, appropriately balancing workload according to resourcing and demands, and raising additional funding for new activities as agreed.
  • Work closely with other colleagues at the Institute on research in palliative and end of life care, and to provide support for other palliative and end of life care events and projects of the Institute as agreed with Prof Higginson or her delegate
  • To work closely with the wider team, including internal and external partners
  • To contribute to research and education activities within the Cicely Saunders Institute, taking a leadership role or contributing as appropriate to the grade.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • PhD in a relevant area
  • Extensive postdoctoral experience including running clinical and/or medicinal trials relevant to these subjects
  • Excellent understanding of the treatments and care for people severely affected by breathlessness
  • Experience leading coordination and/or management in research studies, including preparing and delivering ethical applications, trial registration, recruitment, data monitoring and quality, working with patient and public involvement groups and planning impact
  • Ability to manage multiple studies / several projects concurrently and to self-manage a complex workload to time and quality
  • Honed skills in qualitative and quantitative data checking, analysis and reporting
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, with track record of peer review publications
  • Ability to establish and maintain respectful productive relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders, and funding bodies
  • In depth understanding of ethical frameworks for research in palliative care
  • Established professional networks with academic and clinical institutions
  • Understanding of and commitment to equity in palliative and end of life care 
  • Desirable criteria

  • International research or project management experience, including experience of working with the European Community Funders
  • Track record of identifying and successfully applying for opportunities for research funding
  • Experience in postgraduate or undergraduate teaching and student project supervision
  • Understanding of interventional trials and/or CTIMPS
  • Previous experience in conducting and analysing qualitative interviews
  • Further information

    We are committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce, and therefore we encourage applications from all groups. This includes from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups, the LGBTQI+ community, those who are neurodiverse and those with a disability.

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