Research Fellow in Sustainable Healthcare Ref 10838

School/department: Brighton and Sussex Medical School / Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: fixed term for 6 months, with possibility of extension (subject to funding) 
Reference: 10838
Salary: starting at £36,333 to £43,155 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 03 March 2023
Closing date:  16 March 2023.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 20 March 2023
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

We are looking to recruit a fellow to support the work of the sustainable healthcare group at Brighton & Sussex Medical School.  The post is offered initially for six months, but may be extended. 

The first six months of the post will be looking specifically to explore knowledge attitudes and behaviours of healthcare staff towards reuse of operating theatre textile, and ways to create change. 

Over 94 million single use drapes and gowns were purchased by the NHS prior to the Covid pandemic, which likely is more than double the volume of reusable equivalents used in the NHS.  Reusable health textiles have a carbon footprint that is one third that of disposable, and this project will explore actual or perceived barriers to reuse.

You will initially undertake qualitative work exploring perceptions knowledge and behaviours and a review of literature.  We will produce a report and animation at the end of the project to support behaviour change.

You will be supervised by Professor Mahmood Bhutta and Dr Elaney Youssef at BSMS, and Prof Jennie Wilson at the University of West London.

Please contact Professor Mahmood Bhutta 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.

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

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 10838) (PDF XKB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

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