Experienced Qualitative Researcher Level 5

University of Southampton
November 21, 2022
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Experienced Qualitative Researcher Level 5 (4500-22) Population Sciences

Location: Southampton General Hospital Salary: Please consult your hiring manager for pay rate Closing Date: Monday 21 November 2022 Reference: U2062822LG

Start Date: As soon as possible following successful interview.

End Date: 12 weeks after start date.

Location: Southampton General Hospital.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 35 Hours per week.

Job Purpose: To undertake qualitative analysis and intervention optimisation for the programme entitled: “Improving adult health in sub- Saharan Africa through couples-focused interventions for HIV, STIs and diabetes”, funded by National Institute for Health Research under the supervision of the NIHR Global Health Research Professor.

Strand 1 of the planned programme is evaluating the effectiveness of an optimised couples behavioural intervention to increase the proportion of South African couples choosing to undergo couples HIV testing and counselling (CHTC). In depth process interviews with participants and staff members have been conducted as part of the evaluation. Strand 2 has developed a prototype couples-focused intervention to improve diabetes control in public health clinic settings in South Africa and is piloting it in Cape Town with the intention of optimising the intervention further. Strand 3 aims to establish a research agenda in couples-focused health research in sub-Saharan Africa. The post holder will primarily work on strand 2 of the programme.

Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities:

  • To conduct qualitative analyses of strand 2 post-workshop interview data and lead on writing analysis reports.
  • To lead on intervention optimisation, intervention component analysis and behavioural analysis, including revising logic models.
  • To contribute to the writing of presentations, academic publications and policy briefings by taking a lead writing role or providing support to others in the team as appropriate.
  • Any other duties as allocated by the line manager following consultation with the post holder.
  • Essential Skills:

  • PhD in health psychology or a closely related social science discipline.
  • Knowledge of intervention development theory and methods.
  • Track record of published research and presentations at academic meetings, including conferences.
  • Substantial demonstrated research experience pre- or post-PhD
  • Substantial demonstrated experience of qualitative data collection using different methods.
  • Substantial demonstrated experience of qualitative analysis, including the use of NVIVO, Atlas or a similar package.
  • Experience of project and data management.
  • Proven ability to organise a range of high quality research activities to deadline and quality standards, ensuring plans complement broader research strategy
  • Ability to plan and organise work independently and as part of a team.
  • Able to maintain judgement under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Methodical, practical with excellent attention to detail.
  • Able to develop understanding of complex problems and apply in-depth knowledge to address them. Analytical skills.
  • Able to identify broad trends to assess deep-rooted and complex issues
  • Able to apply originality in modifying existing approaches to solve problems
  • Able to prioritise and take initiative on concurrent research tasks.
  • Innovative, able to problem solve and be decisive.
  • Word processing, internet, bibliographic search skills and bibliographic software (e.g. Endnote).
  • General knowledge of research Governance.
  • Understanding of relevant Health & Safety issues.
  • Positive attitude to colleagues and students and an appetite for working in an interdisciplinary and international research team.
  • Desirable Skills:

  • An interest in global health and some knowledge of contemporary issues in population and health in developing countries.
  • Experience in the substantive areas and regional focus of the CHERISH programme i.e. HIV, diabetes, couples health and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • We are unable sponsor candidates via Skilled Worker route for casual assignments.

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