Research Fellow in Palliative Care

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

January 31, 2022


Research Fellow in Palliative Care

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in palliative care? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research-intensive Universities?

You will work at the St Gemma's Academic Unit of Palliative Care (AUPC), University of Leeds to work on a research programme which aims to Improve Health Status and Symptom Experience for People Living with Advanced Cancer. The programme is funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research and led by Leeds in collaboration with the University of Hull.

In Yorkshire, over 14,000 people die from advanced cancer each year. In the weeks or months before they die, people with advanced cancer often experience pain, breathlessness or fatigue-exhaustion, which significantly reduce quality of remaining life. Our programme will directly improve the health status and symptom experience of Yorkshire patients living with advanced cancer and support their families. We will achieve this by (1) recognising early those who need help, (2) implementing regular assessment and monitoring of symptoms and other concerns, (3) providing better management of the most challenging symptoms. Our preliminary work within the early stages of this programme has identified that psychological distress can hinder effective symptom management.

This role will lead a study to explore the feasibility of implementing a brief psychological intervention for psychological distress for patients with advanced cancer. You will be closely supported by Dr Lucy Ziegler, Chief Investigator for the programme and Dr Emma Chapman who leads the workstream this post will contribute to.

The Academic Unit of Palliative Care is a well-established and supportive research team with an international reputation for delivering high quality research.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Lucy Ziegler, Associate Professor in Palliative Medicine

Tel: 44 (0)113 343 6949 (Lynn Auty); Email:

Further Information

As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students and staff from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Within the School of Medicine we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities. Candidates will always be selected based on merit and ability.

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies . The School of Medicine holds a Gold Athena Swan award. We are committed to being an inclusive Medical School that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Medicine & Health School/Institute: Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS) Section: Academic Unit of Palliative Care Category: Research Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 p.a. Working Time: 100% at 37.5 hours per week Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (01.01.2022 to 31.05.2023 due to external grant income) Release Date: Wednesday 05 January 2022 Closing Date: Monday 31 January 2022 Interview Date: Monday 14 February 2022 Reference: MHIHS1294 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed...