NIHR Research Fellow in Health Protection in Adult Social Care Ref: 10220

School/department: Centre for Dementia Studies, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Hours: Full Time hours considered up to 1FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).  
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: fixed term until 14 December 2023
Reference: 10220
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum
Placed on: 08 November 2022
Closing date:  05 December 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: 15 December 2022

Job description

  • We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with good quantitate expertise and excellent communication skills to work on a study of the impact of Covid-19 testing and outbreaks in care homes for older adults.
  • The post is funded by the NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) as part of a multidisciplinary project involving a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of asymptomatic testing compared to standard testing regimes in care home staff as part of the Vivaldi Study. It offers an excellent opportunity in several aspects of academic life, including conducting research on a range of relevant public health topics, developing collaborations and enhancing project management skills.
  • The appointed fellow will provide direct research support to Professor Jackie Cassell, Deputy Dean and Dr Dorina Cadar in their work as part of a multidisciplinary collaboration. The post holder will assess the impact of outbreaks and outbreak control measures on the social care-related quality of life (SCRQoL) of residents in care homes for older adults, using the Adult Social Care Outcomes Tool. This work will be undertaken in close partnership with a qualitative workstream focussing on staff experience led by Professor Paul Flowers.
  • The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team at Brighton and Sussex Medical School led by Professor Jackie Cassell, Deputy Dean and Dr Dorina Cadar, Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Epidemiology and Dementia.
  • The post holder must be highly self-motivated, organised and with good interpersonal and time management skills. They must be strongly proactive, knowledgeable, and able to solve complex problems while knowing when to engage support from colleagues and research investigators.
  • The appointed candidate will work in a vibrant research environment at the Centre for Dementia Studies at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, where Cassell is based. They will also work within a wider network supported by NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey Sussex, locally and elsewhere in our region.
  • We are pleased to invite applications for a fixed-term Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Protection in Adult Social Care based at the Centre for Dementia Studies, Department of Neuroscience, Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Please contact Dr Dorina Cadar at for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

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How to apply

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