Research Assistant at City, University of London

March 15, 2024

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Job Description

Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (over 40% at postgraduate level), from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last decade City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research. During this period City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university.

The culture at City is built on our shared core values, which means that all employees are expected to behave according to our values: “We care, We learn, We act.”


An opportunity has arisen for an early-career researcher or PhD candidate to work on a funded qualitative research project titled a prospective assessment of the acceptability of a behaviour change intervention to improve responses to clinically deteriorating patients: a focus group study informed by the Theoretical Framework of Acceptability. The project will be led by Dr Duncan Smith from the School of Health and Psychological Sciences in collaboration with Dr Mandeep Sekhon from St Georges University of London.


It is anticipated that the successful applicant will be involved in all stages of the research process including recruiting focus group participants (healthcare staff from acute hospitals in the greater London area), co-facilitating focus groups, analysing and synthesising qualitative data derived from the focus groups using Framework Method, and writing up the results for publication in a peer reviewed journal. All these activities will be supported by Dr Smith and/ or Dr Sekhon.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have a good first degree (2:2 or above) in a healthcare discipline, psychology, or social sciences, be in possession of a doctorate, or be enrolled on a doctoral programme. We particularly welcome applications for PhD candidates who have passed their upgrade examination. We are looking for an individual with experience of using qualitative methods to collect and analyse data. Experience of facilitating focus groups and coding/analysing verbatim transcripts derived from focus groups would be beneficial.

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 4h April 2024 at 11:59pm.

City, University of London is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all its activities, processes, and culture for our whole community, including staff, students and visitors.

We welcome applications regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender identity, gender reassignment, marital status, nationality, pregnancy, race and ethnic origin, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background.

City operates a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants.

The University of business, practice, and the professions.

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