Research Fellow Ref 3624

School/department: School of Education and Social Work
Hours: full or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term until 30 September 2022
Reference: 3624
Salary: Fixed salary of £36,914 per annum
Placed on: 28 April 2020
Closing date:  28 May 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: tbc
Expected start date: 1 October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter


Job description

We are looking to appoint a dedicated Research Fellow for an exciting research study on ethnic inequalities in health care utilisation and care quality among people with multiple conditions. The study is a collaboration between The University of Sussex and The Health Foundation, and aims to contribute to reducing ethnic inequalities in health care quality, by providing solid evidence regarding the inequalities that currently exist.

Due to life course experiences of racial discrimination and socioeconomic disadvantage, ethnic minority people have a greater risk of multiple conditions than the majority populations. Younger age at onset of conditions also seems to be a feature among ethnic minority people. This matters for people living with multiple conditions as they may have reduced quality of life higher mortality risk, and higher treatment burden. It also matters for the NHS because of the link between multiple conditions and use of primary and secondary care services.

The Research Fellow would contribute to the evidence base to inform health system leads about the care needs of their ethnic minority populations and identify where care could be improved and ethnic inequalities addressed. They would be based at the University of Sussex and collaborate with partners at the Health Foundation – an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

The post holder will carry out innovative quantitative analyses that will provide novel information regarding ethnic inequalities in health care access and quality, and the factors that underlie these inequalities. The appointee will benefit from the strong connections between The University and Sussex and The Health Foundation, and will receive support and mentorship across both institutions. We believe this is a unique opportunity to work across sectors and benefit from a successful and supportive collaboration.

The ideal candidate will have experience in data analysis, and hold a PhD or equivalent in Quantitative Sociology, Epidemiology, Psychology, or a related quantitative discipline. Applicants must have a strong background in advanced quantitative methods, knowledge of statistical analysis, and previous experience of using Stata, R, or equivalent for statistical data analysis and modelling. A track-record of research outputs (e.g. publications, presentations, thesis/dissertation, public engagement activities) and previous experiences with electronic health records is desirable.

The candidate must have an ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and be able to function independently and effectively with appropriate supervision. 

For more information, please email Dr Laia Bécares (l.becares@sussex.ac.uk).  

This Job Description sets out current duties of the post that may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the post or level of responsibility entailed.

To apply please submit your CV and a cover letter describing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria. For full details see our vacancies page

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

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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 eswrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

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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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