Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

This part-time (0.5 FTE) post is available immediately for 44 months on a fixed-term basis until 10/03/2027.

There is the opportunity for a hybrid working pattern – sometime from Penryn Campus, Cornwall, and some time from home.

The post

The Faculty wishes to recruit a 50% FTE Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the RESONATE (Building individual and community resilience through nature-based therapies) project. This is an interdisciplinary project led by the University of Vienna in collaboration with 13 other European partners.

RESONATE is a four-year Research and Innovation project funded by Horizon Europe examining the health, environmental, economic and social impacts of so-called ‘green care’, ‘nature-based social prescribing’ or ‘nature-based therapy’ interventions.

The University of Exeter will lead Work Package 8 (“What works”) which is, in part, concerned with the process evaluation of several randomised controlled trials across Europe of nature-based therapy interventions. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be responsible for the fulfilment of several tasks in this work package including:

  • Co-creating theory-based logic models of change, quantitative process evaluation measures, qualitative interview schedules, and fidelity assessment protocols for several nature-based therapy interventions across Europe.
  • Conducting a mixed-methods synthesis of process evaluation data from these interventions.
  • Developing a best-practice process evaluation guide for nature-based therapy interventions.

In addition to these core responsibilities, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will contribute to other work packages of the RESONATE programme as needed and ideally attend project meetings in Vienna, Barcelona, Padua, and Brussels across the lifetime of the project. RESONATE also provides funded opportunities for early-career researchers to make institutional visits to European partners within the consortium or to the institutions of the international advisory board members to build their interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral networks and knowledge.

About you

The successful applicant will possess a PhD in a related field of study, sufficient specialist knowledge to develop research programmes and methodologies, and have a record of research output in high quality publications. Knowledge of process evaluation methods and randomised controlled trials are desirable. They will have experience of analysing both quantitative and qualitative data. Experience of working with international partners, researching complex interventions, and managing research projects is desirable. Alongside excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively, effective time management, and preparedness to travel within Europe as needed for the success of the project is also desired.

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What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research.
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly.
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development.
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career.
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Cornwall.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Rankings).  

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We are using the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future.  Our shared purpose and vision continually moves us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners and the world around us.  Read about our world leading research on Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

For further information please contact Dr Lewis Elliott, e-mail: [email protected].

The closing date for completed applications is 13th July 2023. Interviews are expected to take place two weeks after the closing date for completed applications.

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