Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

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Current opportunities to join the Usher Institute.

A summary of current Usher Institute vacancies is provided below. Applications usually close at 5pm on the noted date.

Please note that all Usher Institute vacancies are advertised on the vacancies section of the University of Edinburgh Jobs website, where it is possible to set up personalised email notifications for future vacancies of interest.​

Research Fellow

Closing Date: 15-Oct-2018

We are looking for a motivated and experienced health services researcher to work on a project funded through the Chief Scientist’s Office in Scotland - Understanding and addressing ethnic variation in cervical screening in Scotland. The project will use mixed methods to describe and understand variations in cervical screening participation by ethnicity and socio-demographic variables in the Scottish population, and to develop and test the acceptability of interventions to address low participation in cervical screening in ethnic groups in Scotland. This project will employ two researchers, one 1.0FTE and one 0.4FTE (although some negotiation in hours is possible), who will be expected to work jointly to deliver the study aims and objectives. This advert relates to the 1.0FTE role. The post holder will lead on using linkage of the CHI labelled 2011 data for statistical analysis, lead and contribute to project reports, the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles, and wider dissemination of project findings, public and patient engagement, and knowledge transfer.

The post holder will be part of a cancer and primary care research team led by Dr Christine Campbell that has national and international collaborations, and will work in an academic department alongside colleagues working in similar areas. The Centre for Population Health Sciences forms part of the Usher Institute and is part of the Edinburgh Medical School. A commitment to scholarship and upholding the academic rigour and reputation of the centre is therefore essential.

You will have knowledge and experience of the design, conduct and reporting of large-scale routine health data linkage and analysis, development and execution of statistical analysis and modelling programs, adherence to national data governance legislation and best practice guidelines for use of health data in research. Experience of working in the area of ethnicity and health is also sought.

The post is full-time (35 hours per week, although part-time from 28 hours per week could be negotiated for the right candidate), fixed-term for 24 months, and is available from 1st November 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

The second post for this project is currently being advertised as vacancy 045451 (part-time).

Salary: Ue07 £33,199 to £39,609

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Programme Administrator

Closing Date: 16-Oct-2018

The Usher Institute is seeking an experienced administrator to support the high-profile NHS Digital Academy within the Centre for Medical Informatics. This is a key post to support the smooth running of the NHS Digital Academy, and involves undertaking a range of duties including general administration, financial processing and communications. The work demands close attention to detail and the ability to prioritise, identify and achieve deadlines and use good judgement and initiative.

The candidate should be educated to at least Higher Standard or equivalent (minimum Higher English) with relevant work experience in a University or Higher Education setting. Excellent communication skills and the ability to liaise with academics and other senior stakeholders in partner organisations is essential. A high level of competence with Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and databases is also essential to the role. The post requires some travel and overnight stays within the UK.

The post is available from October 2018, full-time (35 hours) and is fixed-term until 31 March 2021. Part-time hours of 28 per week (minimum) would be considered for the right candidate.

Salary: Ue05 £22,214 to £25,728

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Research Fellow

Closing Date: 16-Oct-2018

We are looking for a motivated and experienced health services researcher to work on a project funded through the Chief Scientist’s Office in Scotland - Understanding and addressing ethnic variation in cervical screening in Scotland. The project will use mixed methods to describe and understand variations in cervical screening participation by ethnicity and socio-demographic variables in the Scottish population, and to develop and test the acceptability of interventions to address low participation in cervical screening in ethnic groups in Scotland. This project will employ two researchers, one 1.0FTE and one 0.4FTE (although some negotiation in hours is possible), who will be expected to work jointly to deliver the study aims and objectives. This advert relates to the 0.4FTE role. The post holder will be responsible for carrying out qualitative interviews, lead and contribute to project reports, the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles, and wider dissemination of project findings, public and patient engagement, and knowledge transfer.

The post holder will be part of a cancer and primary care research team led by Dr Christine Campbell that has national and international collaborations, and will work in an academic department alongside colleagues working in similar areas. The Centre for Population Health Sciences forms part of the Usher Institute and is part of the Edinburgh Medical School. A commitment to scholarship and upholding the academic rigour and reputation of the centre is therefore essential.

You will have experience of conducting in-depth individual or focus group interviews in a sensitive topic area, experience of qualitative data analysis, and excellent project management and organisational skills. Experience of working in the area of ethnicity and health is also sought.

The post is part-time (0.4FTE, 14 hours per week, up to 21 hours may be available for the right candidate if funds available), fixed-term for 24 months, and is available from 1st November 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

Salary: Ue07 £33,199 to £39,609 Pro Rata for 14 hours, part time, each week

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Research Fellow

Closing Date: 19-Oct-2018

The Usher Institute, Teviot Place requires an experienced Research Fellow to work on a research project funded by Allergy UK into the feasibility of implementing a nurse-led allergy clinic in primary care in Lothian. The role will include assisting in the project management of the study with the lead research nurse, dissemination of research findings through publications, conference presentations and public engagement. It will also involve pulling together information to write applications for follow-on funding, such as major programme grant funding (e.g. NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA)).

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or near completion) in a health/social care related area or the ability to demonstrate equivalent experience, experience of health service research in a clinical or non-clinical post and a proven record of writing (or contributing to the writing) of research grant applications. Demonstrable project management and organisational skills, particularly in pulling together a large amount of information from a multidisciplinary team to meet tight deadlines is essential along with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

This post is full-time (35 hours per week), available from November 2018 and is fixed-term to 31st December 2019.

Salary: Ue07 £33,199 to £39,609

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Medical Receptionist

Closing Date: 24-Oct-2018

Mackenzie Medical Centre is the clinical arm of the Centre for Population Health Sciences, Usher Institute at The University of Edinburgh.We are looking for a friendly receptionist with excellent communication skills to join our admin team. The hours are 12.15p.m. - 6.15p.m. Monday to Friday. There are 12 GPs, three practice nurses and a friendly and helpful admin, team which includes an IT Manager. The practice is a training practice and also participates in undergraduate teaching. All staff members are salaried to The University of Edinburgh. We are a city centre practice with a list size of 8,500 patients and our practice area covers south east Edinburgh and includes the Old Town, Dumbiedykes, Newington and Prestonfield, plus parts of Marchmont and the Grange.The practice uses Vision and Docman.

The post is available from November 2018, part-time (25 hours) and is open-ended.

Salary: Ue04 £19,730 to £22,017 pro rata for 25 hours, part time, each week

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Online Module Tutor

Closing Date: 05-Nov-2018

We are seeking an Online Module Tutor for the flagship NHS Digital Academy within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh. The post holder will contribute to the development and ongoing refinement of online teaching content and media and will deliver online teaching, assessment marking and support to participants for a specific course module. The post holder will be required to liaise directly with both participants and Module Leads for a specific module in order to provide responsive and high quality teaching and support to participants. The post holder will also contribute to residential learning sessions by meeting and engaging with participants face to face to enhance the teaching and support experience for participants, to assist Module Leads as required. The successful candidate will have an advanced post-graduate qualification, with relevant post-graduate research and/or teaching experience, the ability to design and deliver course materials and assess participant performance and the ability to communicate complex information clearly, orally and in writing.The NHS Digital Academy is a new UK Department of Health and Social Care funded virtual organisation comprising a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and Harvard Medical School. It provides world class digital health education, learning and development to 300 current and aspiring digital health leaders.Regular travel and some overnight stays are required.

The post is full time (though flexibility is possible) and is fixed term for until March 2021.

Salary: Ue07 £33,199 to £39,609 pro rata for 28 hours each week

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