Ethnographer/ Qualitative Post-Doctoral Researcher

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

February 23, 2022


Ethnographer/ Qualitative Post-Doctoral Researcher

Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Radcliffe Primary Care Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG Grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 per annum (with discretionary range to £44,706)

We are seeking to appoint a post-doctoral, qualitative health services researcher with experience of ethnography in a health care setting to join the Medical Sociology and Health Experiences Research Group (MS&HERG) within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. You will be line managed by Professor Catherine Pope, Professor of Medical Sociology. While working closely with the core team, notably Dr. Helen Atherton and Dr. Carol Bryce (University of Warwick) and Professor. Sue Ziebland and Dr. Brian Nicholson (University of Oxford).

The post is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR), for a new project entitled ‘Whatever happened to all those attempts to change access to General Practice? Revisiting case studies to learn about innovation, impact and SUStainable change (GP SUS).' The aim of the project is to work with General Practices that have in the past tried interventions designed to improve access for patients, to learn whether and how these innovations were abandoned, adapted or sustained, and to use this learning to support long term improvements in access to General Practice.

You will use qualitative observation, interviews (with staff and patients) and documentary analysis to conduct focused ethnographic case studies in 4 English general practices that were part of a variety of access intervention studies that completed at least 18 months before March 2020. Colleagues at the University of Warwick will conduct 4 case studies and our Danish collaborators provide a comparative case study in Copenhagen. Our analysis will use thematic approaches and cross case comparisons with a particular focus on what supports long lasting improvements. We expect data collection to be face to face, so the research will involve visits to case sites in England, that will require travel and overnight stays within England.

You will have a PhD (or near to completion: thesis submitted) in either social science, health services research, health psychology or a related subject, with experience of applied qualitative research including ethnography, in a health care setting. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, in particular the ability to present data and findings at conferences, represent the project and research group at meetings adapting communication styles for different audiences are essential, along with a strong publication record. Knowledge of research governance processes is desirable.

For a full list of responsibilities and selection criteria, please view the job description below.

You will be based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Eagle House, Walton Well Road, Oxford OX2 6ED.

The position is fixed term and full-time until 31st May 2024. Part-time working (no less than 80%fte) will be considered.

For further information contact the HR team email: or to discuss the post Prof. Pope email:

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 23 February 2022.

“Committed to equality and valuing diversity”

Contact Person : HR Administrator Vacancy ID : 155795 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 23-Feb-2022 12:00 Contact Email :

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s...