GRA/PDRA - NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP)

University of Exeter
December 06, 2023
Offerd Salary:£32,332
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GRA Salary: from £32,332 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. PDRA Salary: from £32,982 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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GRA/PDRA - NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP)

Job description

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Health and Community Sciences

NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP)

The above full-time (1.0 FTE) post is immediately available until 31st March 2025 on a fixed-term basis.

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

We are open to appointing either a Graduate Research Assistant or Postdoctoral Research Associate , please review the two job descriptions for the post differences.

The post

The Faculty wishes to recruit a Graduate Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of the Exeter PRP Evidence Review Facility, one of two research groups in the UK commissioned by the National Institute of Health Research Policy Research Programme (PRP). Located at the University of Exeter, a leading Russell Group university, the Exeter PRP Evidence Review Facility conducts syntheses of evidence to inform policy development and evaluation across the full policy remit of the Department of Health and Social Care.

The successful applicant will support evidence synthesis projects for the Department of Health and Social Care, working with multidisciplinary teams of systematic reviewers, epidemiologists, statisticians, health economists, information specialists, clinical experts and members of the public with lived experience in producing responsive, high-quality outputs under strict deadlines.

Key tasks associated with this role include identification, appraisal and synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence. As part of this post, you will have an important role in supporting academic teams in the end-to-end management of evidence syntheses with real-world policy impact.

About you

You will be a graduate trainee with a relevant degree in a field related to evidence synthesis to inform policy development, for example medical sciences, statistics, or economics, and a demonstrated career commitment to working in health services research. You should be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within an established research programmes.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the differentiations of the available role by clicking on the attachment above.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and 47% is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast-growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

What we can offer you

  • Supported by senior post-holders in the Exeter PRP Evidence Review Facility, you will develop a profile as an emerging expert in evidence synthesis to inform policy development;
  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University-wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly;
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development;
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career;
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy;
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.
  • Further information

    For further information please contact Prof G.J. Melendez Torres ([email protected]) or Prof Jo Thompson Coon, e-mail [email protected]

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