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Vacancy: Research Associate, University of Cambridge

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4.25 years in the first instance.

The Department of Sociology seeks to appoint an experienced researcher to work with Dr Stuart Hogarth on a new project on the political economy of diagnostic innovation.

Working closely with the PI, the postholder will play a key role in data collection and analysis, manuscript preparation and impact activities, and will have opportunities for lead authorship of papers and presentation of work at international conferences. The postholder will assist the PI in coordinating a large project team comprising a research assistant, PhD and temporary researchers in Cambridge; a team of three staff led by Dr Michael Hopkins at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex; and collaborators at King’s College London and the University of Toronto.

We are looking for an independent, creative and highly motivated individual with experience of mixed qualitative and quantitative social research methods and an interest in biomedical innovation. The Research Associate will be based in the Department of Sociology.

In phase one the postholder will work with the PI on: i) mapping the socio-political dynamics of regulatory standard-setting for diagnostic development, and ii) the design and development of the firm database, and then (with the SPRU team) on an integrative analysis of the different datasets generated in phase one. In the case study phase, the postholder will be involved in literature and document reviews, non-participant observation at conferences, workshops and related clinical, scientific or industry meetings and conducting and analysing semi-structured interviews. Qualitative duties will include maintaining datasets in Atlas.Ti or similar, and data preparation and analysing data using grounded theory and thematic analysis techniques.

Opportunities to develop new research skills will be available through attendance at training courses and through collaboration with our research partners.

This post is available for 4.25 years from 01 June 2017 (later start dates will also be considered). The duration of the post is limited by the availability of external funding. Interviews are scheduled to take place in late May 2017.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click here. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Stuart Hogarth by email: sh339@cam.ac.uk

Source: University of Cambridge


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