Internal Applicants Only - Research Associate

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


This post is currently open to employees of Cardiff University only.  Please do not apply if you do not have a current contract of employment with the University.

Internal Applicants Only - Research Associate

The School of Healthcare Sciences is seeking to appoint a Research Associate for an ongoing qualitative investigation into people’s experiences of cancer immunotherapy. The role holder will contribute to the overall research performance of the School carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality scientific journals and disseminating via scientific meetings.
The successful candidate will have a degree in a relevant subject area.
The post-holder will work with Dr Tessa Watts and with colleagues in the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University.
For an informal discussion about the post please contact Dr Tessa Watts ( )
The post is part time (7 hours per week) and is fixed-term for 9 months from 1st September 2021 until 31st May 2022.
Salary: £34,304 - £40,927 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 6).  It is not anticipated that an appointment be made above £34,304 per annum.

Closing date: Tuesday, 31 August 2021

External applications are currently not being considered for this post.  If the decision is made to open the post to external candidates, the strapline at the top will be removed and you will be given ample time to apply – please check back periodically for details.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:”

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education 

1.  Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or equivalent experience conducting qualitative research within the UK cancer care and support landscape. 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
2.  Established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant experience within the field of cancer research, systematic reviewing, qualitative research methods and techniques.
3. Knowledge of the current status of research in a specialist field
4. Project management experience in a research context and an awareness of legal and ethical frameworks surrounding sensitive research.
5.   Proven ability to analyse complex information and summarise appropriately.
6.   Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies.
7. Proven ability to publish.
8. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and ability to work without close supervision.
Communication and Team Working 

9.   Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences.
10.  Excellent organisational and team-working skills.
Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant professional qualification(s) for example Nurse/ Allied Health Professional with current registration. 
  • Evidence of collaborations with NHS and third sector organisations.
  • Knowledge and experience of using NVivo or equivalent package for research purposes. 

  • Additional Information

    IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

    In the School of Healthcare, we use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

    Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 12316BR.

    Where a candidate does not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria, through a supporting statement, then their application will not be progressed. We welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

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