Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter
November 22, 2023
Offerd Salary:£ 41,732
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The starting salary will be from £ 41,732 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


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

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job description

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

This new full-time NIHR-funded post is available from 1 January 2024 on a fixed-term basis until 30th June 2025.

The post

The Faculty wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in a research project exploring current prehabilitation care provided for people with lumbar spinal stenosis awaiting surgery and coordinate a project to create guidance regarding best practice. This project is funded as an NIHR Programme Development Grant and aims to submit a full Programme Grant at the end of the programme of work. The successful applicant will lead on the following projects:

  • Determine current preoperative care and waiting times routinely delivered in spinal surgery centres in the UK.
  • Analysis of routinely collected data to describe the patient characteristics (including socioeconomic deprivation), overall and by centre, for spinal decompression for NC.
  • Assemble a Patient Advisory Group representative of those characterised in
  • The group will include those who have had surgery and are awaiting surgery, as well as their carers.
  • Assembly of an expert advisory group (spinal surgeons, patients, rehabilitation experts, exercise physiologists, patients and public) to convene in a half-day meeting to discuss uncertainties that exist with regards to current prehabilitation guidance for lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, specific rehabilitation components, and implementation in current NHS settings.
  • A systematic and realist review to address the uncertainties around prehabilitation.
  • To gain consensus on key prehabilitation components and produce guiding strategies to address identified barriers and enhance facilitators for prehabilitation in NHS elective settings
  • About you

    The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

    Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in spinal research and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will be able to demonstrate experience or knowledge of realist methods, co-production and consensus methods. You will also be involved in the publication and dissemination/utilisation of findings both locally and nationally.

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

    What we can offer you

  • 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 Fertility Treatment Policy

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Rankings).

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world- leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We are using the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy, and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision continually moves us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners and the world around us. Read about our world leading research on 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 City of Literature

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    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.

    For further information please contact Dr Lianne Wood, e-mail [email protected] or telephone (01732 722370).

    The closing date for completed applications is 22nd November. Interviews are expected to take place soon after.

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