Research Fellow in Dementia Studies Ref 0693

School/department: Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Neuroscience 
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).  
Contract: fixed term until 31 December 2023
Reference:  0693
Salary: starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum
Placed on: 28 January 2019
Closing date:  26 February 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: as soon as possible


Job description

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to join our team delivering our 5-year ESRC/NIHR-funded DETERMIND (DETERMinants of quality of life, care and costs, and consequences of INequalities in people with Dementia and their carers) Programme. 

DETERMIND is designed to address questions that include the following:

  • What is it that enables one family to live well with dementia and another with ostensibly the same illness and challenges to have an awful experience?
  • Which groups have better or worse outcomes following diagnosis of dementia and why are there inequalities in care and outcomes?
  • What can we learn from the experiences of people with dementia and their carers to deliver care and support that maximises quality of life for all?

To do this we will recruit a bespoke cohort of those 900 people newly diagnosed with dementia across three sites (Newcastle, South London and Sussex).  We will use a high-quality mixed methods design to generate complementary quantitative and qualitative data in a set of 7 Workstreams (WSs) nested within a clinically generalisable cohort. We will generate definitive, precise data using these to drive activity to address inequities in access and outcomes.

  • WS1 - Recruitment and follow-up of the DETERMIND cohort
  • WS2 - Inequalities in use of dementia care
  • WS3 - Relationship between use and costs of services and outcomes
  • WS4 - Experience of self-funders of care
  • WS5 - Understanding decision-making by people with dementia and carers
  • WS6 - Effect of diagnostic stage and services on outcomes
  • WS7 - Theory of Change-guided research development, coordination and promotion of impact

The postdoctoral researcher will work directly with the programme lead, Prof Sube Banerjee, at the Centre for Dementia Studies, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and will contribute to the programme as a whole but will have specific responsibilities for the following roles:

  • Project managing the recruitment of the DETERMIND cohort across our three sites (WS1)
  • Lead (with SB) WS6 investigating the benefits and harms of earlier versus later diagnosis of dementia. 

This post would suit a post-doctoral researcher with a background in epidemiology or an applied health researcher with experience of recruiting and managing large cohort studies.  Experience of research with people with dementia would be very valuable.

Download job description and person specification Ref 0693 [PDF 223.04KB])


How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to bsmsrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk 

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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