Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Participatory Research and Practice

University of London

Department: Wolfson Institute of Population Health
Salary: £37,348 – £39,308
Reference: QMUL31925
Location: Charterhouse Square
Date posted: 17 March 2023
Closing date: 14 April 2023

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About the Role

We are looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Participatory Research and Practice to join the Preventive Neurology Unit (PNU) to investigate the patient experience of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) care for minoritised ethnic groups, specifically Black British and South Asian communities living in socially deprived areas of London and Yorkshire. The postholder will work with our team to shape the research questions, develop recruitment strategies, generate data and analyze findings. The focus will be on service access, communication, and information needs, with an aim to identify barriers and challenges in these areas and co-design new service proposals with project stakeholders.

About You

The ideal candidate will have a PhD degree in anthropology, sociology, geography, or science and technology studies, with research experience and an interest in the social determinants of health, social studies of medicine, and knowledge production. Proven qualitative/mixed methods research skills are required. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to make a real impact on the health and wellbeing outcomes of people with MS from minoritised ethnic groups.

About the Centre

The Centre for Prevention, Detection and Diagnosis is at the forefront of international research into the prevention and control of neurological disease and cancer. The Preventive Neurology Unit has particularly active research programmes in multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. The Centre for Prevention, Detection and Diagnosis also has major expertise in cancer screening, awareness and early diagnosis, and statistical methods for clinical trials and epidemiology, and the postholder would have access to expertise within these areas to support their professional development.

About Queen Mary

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum, a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance, including flexible working arrangements.

The post is full time (35 hours a week) and fixed term appointment for 24 months. Starting salary will be at Grade 4, £37,348 – £39,308 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Alison Thomson, [email protected]

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The closing date for the applications is 14 April 2023. Interviews will be held on shortly thereafter.

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