Research Associate, CUREMeDE

Cardiff University


Cardiff School of Social Sciences



Research Associate, CUREMeDE

Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work within the Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE) that is located within the School. As the Research Associate you will conduct research in the area of health professions education, notably concerning pharmacy education and training in Wales, and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University. To prepare high-quality research publications, pursuing research excellence and inspiring others to do the same.

This is a part time post, 14 hours per week, available from 1st July 2023 to 31st December 2023

Salary: £37,386 – £43,155 per annum pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 6)

Responsible to Professor Alison Bullock, Director of CUREMeDE

For enquiries about this position please contact Professor Alison Bullock [email protected]  

Secondment opportunity welcome – please note for Cardiff University members of staff interested in this post on a secondment basis, permission will need to be sought from your current Line Manager before applying. It is not expected to appoint above the first point of the scale (£37,386 per annum)

Work is currently on a Hybrid basis and is determined by the needs of the organisation.

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 14 June 2023

Closing date: Wednesday, 12 July 2023

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:  Responsible research assessment – Research – Cardiff University

Job Description


  • To conduct research within healthcare education and training environment and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and presenting at conferences. 
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.
  • To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field.
  • To participate in School research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions, explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.


  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the school and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or equivalent or  relevant industrial experience
  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research within the following research fields:
    • Health professions postgraduate and continuing education
    • Social sciences
  • Knowledge of current status of research in health professions education and training field
  • Proven ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals and other research outputs
  • Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies
  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication, including presentation at conferences
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within the workplace
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision.
  • Desirable Criteria

    • Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
    • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.


    The Person Specification is split into 2 sections: essential and desirable.  Please demonstrate clearly how you meet all of the essential criteria.  Where possible you should give examples of how, when and where you have used your experience, knowledge, specific skills and abilities to match those required for this particular job role.

    Please ensure that you communicate this fully by creating a supporting statement document, listing all of the criteria and commenting against each one as to how you meet them.  This will need to be completed before you begin making your application on line as you will be required to upload it. 

    When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you put your name and the  vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for NAME XXXXBR.’

    The desirable section contains a list of skills, qualifications and experience that it would be beneficial for the jobholder to have.

    All short-listing decisions will be based initially on essential criteria, with desirable being used to further select or deselect candidates as appropriate. 

    We interview those candidates who are the closest match to the identified criteria.

    Additional Information

    Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)

    At Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE) we conduct multidisciplinary research and evaluation of the education and training of health professionals.
    Established in 2009 as part of Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences, our work focuses on the educational impact of changes in areas such as:

    • foundation and specialist training
    • continuing professional development and lifelong learning
    • skill mix and extended duties
    • technology in the support of learning
    • workplace based learning and assessment
    • knowledge mobilisation
    • standards for healthcare educators

    Understanding the links between research, education and healthcare, we consistently deliver on a wide variety of evaluation projects, often working to very tight timescales.

    We also recognise the importance of dissemination and have a strong record of presenting our work in Wales, the UK, Europe and across the world with presentations made in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Taiwan.

    Our aims

    • To create networks of multidisciplinary collaboration and a forum for research discussion –  We have worked in conjunction with Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and other health organisations across Wales, the UK and internationally since we began in 2009 and have developed a wide network of collaborators and contacts.
    • To ensure findings from research and evaluation transfer to practice – We recognise the importance of knowledge mobilisation. Formal dissemination is through meetings, conference presentations and publications.  As a centre we have also sought new ways of disseminating our findings to a wider audience including visualising findings in infographics and whiteboard videos.
    • To produce high quality outputs which contribute to enhancing the educational development of health professionals in Wales and beyond.
    • To support the next generation of research staff through student placements and project supervision.

    Measuring success

    • securing research funding
    • completing collaborative research and evaluation projects
    • translating findings into practice and publications
    • providing development experiences for novice researchers

    School of Social Sciences

    The School of Social Sciences is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching across a range of subject areas, including Social Policy, Sociology, Criminology, Education, Social Psychology, and Social Work.

    The School hosts a number of research centres and institutes, including the University’s  Police Studies Institute (UPSI), now part of the University’s Crime & Security Research Institute; the Wales Institute for Economic Research & Data (WISERD); the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE); the Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer); the Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE); and the Seafarers’ International Research Centre (SIRC). Many of the School’s research centres are housed in the University’s Social Science Research Park (SPARK) – a world first, and part of the University’s wider Innovation Campus.

    The School of Social Sciences holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in academia. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We actively encourage women to apply. We will also always consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

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    Academic – Research

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