Job opportunity - Cambridge

Social Scientist: Qualitative Research Associate

INTERVAL Study, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit

Salary: Grade 7, £27,854 - £36,298
Limit of tenure applies*

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a social scientist with relevant qualifications and experience to join a multidisciplinary team on a randomised controlled trial, INTERVAL. This 50,000-person study is funded by the UK Blood Service (NHSBT) and is investigating the impact of increased frequency of blood donation.

The post holder will be based in Cambridge and take a lead role in the design, implementation and analysis of INTERVAL's qualitative work-stream which is likely to consist of face to face and telephone interviews with donors, augmented by direct observation of blood donation at a sample of the main donation centres. They will work with the Investigators to identify specific research questions and appropriate methodologies to explore donor views and attitudes relating to increased donation, their beliefs and knowledge about blood, ideas relating to iron deficiency and the body in general. Under the guidance of Dr Simon Cohn, medical anthropologist, they will be expected to conduct the fieldwork with considerable independence and will analyse, interpret and write up findings in collaboration with other team members.

The post-holder will have: (1) relevant qualifications e.g. a PhD in sociology, social anthropology, or related discipline or substantial relevant research experience (2) a sound understanding of social science theory and the ability to use this in the interpretation of findings (3) previous experience in the design, conduct, analysis and publication of qualitative research related to health and medicine (4) high level report writing and presentational skills. The post-holder should also be able to work independently, accurately judge priorities, and have excellent organisational and communication skills.

Formal applications consisting of a covering letter, CV and a completed CHRIS 6 form, parts 1 and 3 only to be completed (available from should be sent, preferably by email to Lynette Watson: or by post to Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN.

Your cover letter should describe how you meet the person specification for the role.


For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Simon Cohn:

*Limit of tenure -  Current funding is available for 12 months full time or 24 months part- time (0.5)

Closing date:  06 November 2013. Interview date:  Week commencing 18 November 2013

Please quote RH01864 on all correspondence. Location of post:  Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SR
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