Research Fellow – Institute of Applied Health Research

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Position Details

Institute of Applied Health Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974

Grade: 7

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to November 2027

Closing date: 24th July 2024



To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within an established research programme and/or specific research project. To advance the use of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in early phase clinical trials and identify way to promote inclusive and equitable PRO data collection in the NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre.

Role Summary

  • Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids supporting the use of PROs in early phase trials and inclusive PRO data collection
  • Operate within area of specialism
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Contribute to generating funding
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

  • Develop PRO specific research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, including leading PRO strategy within BRC funding bids with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for BRC related research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars, via NIHR Learn and via social media
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods. Specifically for this project this will include a survey, qualitative interviews, literature reviews
  • Liaise with PPIE members, co-ordinate and lead PPIE meetings and reporting via PIRIT tool
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars, oral presentations at national/international conferences and as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research. Develop NIHR BRC training resources
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification

  • First degree in area of specialism and a PhD (or near to completion) relevant to research area
  • Qualitative research experience essential
  • Experience in the design and validation of PROs essential
  • Experience leading PPIE meetings essential
  • Understanding of the use of PROs in clinical trials essential
  • Experience in systematic reviews highly desirable
  • Experience of leading ethics applications and R&D approvals desirable
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes


Further particulars can be found here

Informal enquiries to Melanie Calvert, email:


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