Thursday, October 01, 2009

Two research opportunities in the UK

This is something I'd love to do, if a) I lived in the UK and b) I were looking for a full-time job!

Research Associates (x2) Birthplace in England Research Programme.
King's College London and Thames Valley University.

We wish to recruit two Research Associates to conduct case studies of local systems of maternity care, including different options for place of birth, as part of a large-scale national programme of research on the quality and safety of different settings for birth in the Birthplace in England Programme. Although the posts will be based in London, you will be expected to travel nationally and applicants living outside London are encouraged to apply.

Birthplace is an integrated programme of research designed to compare outcomes of births planned at home, in different types of midwifery units, and in hospital units with obstetric services. This case study component of the research programme is under the direction of Professor Jane Sandall (Kings College London) and Professor Christine McCourt (Thames Valley University). The overall programme is being managed by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford, led by Professor Peter Brocklehurst.

You should have (or be shortly expecting to complete) a PhD in the health or social sciences, or possess equivalent research experience. You will be an effective communicator with good organisation skills and experience of conducting and analysing qualitative research.

Both posts are full-time and available for one year, one post will be based at King's College London and the other at Thames Valley University.

Please highlight and select which campus you would like to be based at and send your application directlyto the appropriate HR team. Salary for both posts will be between £26,016 and £32,955 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance, depending on experience.

Please note that to be considered for both posts, you should apply to BOTH institutions:

Thames Valley University Post (Ealing)
For an informal discussion of the post please contact Professor Christine McCourt on 0208 209 4287 or For further information and an application form, please visit or contact the Human Resources Department on 020 8231 2321(24 hour voicemail) or alternatively email quoting thereference number FHHS260.

Kings College London Post (Central London)
For an informal discussion of the post please contact Professor Jane Sandall on 020 7848 6261 or email For an information pack please see our website at or email Please quote reference W6/GNN/342/09-NJ when applying and in all correspondence.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 October 2009. Interviews will be held week commencing 19 October 2009.


  1. Wow. I would do this if I was single and childless.

  2. I don't think single and childless are criteria for these jobs....


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