Research Associate: Community Public Health and Humanities

Salary:  Grade 7: 1-3: £36,024 – £38,205

Start Date:  As soon as possible

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a 12-month 0.5FTE part-time, fixed-term research appointment, in Community Public Health and Humanities. The post holder will be a member of a disparate research network working independently, and proactively, with Oxfordshire Country Council Public Health Dept (OCCPH) to evaluate novel community-based programmes that address health inequalities. This role is a joint appointment between Humanities and Medical Sciences, reporting to Professor Erica Charters with dotted line to Professor Trish Greenhalgh, and Kate Austin, Public Health Principal, Oxfordshire Country Council.

The Role

The successful candidate will work with OCCPH and wider PHIF programme officers in gathering evidence regarding the CHDO programme and ICB’s Well Together Programme while managing own academic research and administrative activities. This will involve small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines. They will also contextualize evidence within historical and cultural approaches to community and public health; evaluate the impact of these programmes on Oxfordshire communities, making use of qualitative and quantitative research, reviewing and refining theories as appropriate; and produce a findings report aimed at policy and decision makers, framed within concerns over the allocation of resources into preventative health interventions and community health inequalities.

About you

You will hold a doctorate in a relevant field or evidence that a doctorate is close to completion, together with relevant experience in a relevant subject (public health, health sciences, community health, global health, or related assessment methodologies). The successful applicant will have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven track record of working with others (academic and/or community partners) and a willingness and capability to undertake field work within Oxfordshire. Experience of delivering and/or evaluating community-based public health/social interventions, and experience of and familiarity with key methodologies of community health and/or social medicine is also essential. Familiarity with the structure and funding of public health in England would be desirable.

Application process

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Erica Charters, Professor of the Global History of Medicine and Academic Lead of Medical Humanities, at All practical and procedural queries should be sent to our recruitments team: All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.

As part of the online application process, you should provide a supporting statement setting out how you meet the selection criteria, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees.

Only applications submitted online and received before noon Monday 15th January 2024 will be considered.

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