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Research Fellow in Survivorship Care

School of Health Sciences

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £19,985 to £25,289 per annum
£33,309 to £42,149 pro rata (0.6 FTE)
Post Type:  Part Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 15 September 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 18 October 2021
Reference:  056321

The Maternal, Child and Family Health/Cancer group in the School of Health Sciences are excited to be advertising for a Research Fellow to work on the ‘PersonAlised survivorship care: customising supporT towards unmet psycHosocial needs in young people with cancer (PATH study)’. This project focuses on psychosocial interventions for young people who have experienced cancer. Our long-term aim is to develop and test an ‘app’ or some kind of ‘tool’, to support young people who have experienced cancer to make decisions about which psychosocial interventions (including self-help) might best help them. Prior to this, there are a number of development steps; in this study, we will undertake a realist synthesis of the literature to identify factors which influence the success or failure of ‘interventions’ designed to manage psychosocial challenges and build an online community of practice.

We are looking for a researcher with excellent project management and research skills, together with excellent verbal and written communication skills, who can work independently, but also work well within a team environment.  The successful candidate will be required to coordinate and undertake research activities including: developing, supporting, and maintaining a vibrant community of practice (involving young people, researchers and health professionals), undertaking a realist synthesis of the literature with the project team (leading on searching, data retrieval, data management and reporting) and contributing to writing and submitting a related research grant application. Previous knowledge and experience of undertaking healthcare research and undertaking a realist synthesis of literature would be an advantage.

This is a fixed-term part-time (0.6 wte) post for up to 12 months.

The School of Health Sciences is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and is a leading provider of undergraduate education in nursing, midwifery, and paramedic practice.  The School also has an extensive portfolio of postgraduate and continuing professional development courses, research and consultancy. It has extensive links with local health care providers and undertakes research and practice development projects with NHS trusts as active partners.

The School offers a wide range of innovative programmes in the field of Health Sciences. Research within the school is diverse, and focused in five distinct areas: cancer care, digital health, long term conditions and ageing, maternal, child and family health, and workforce, organisation and well-being.

The School is in an exciting period of development and opportunity with ambitious plans for the future that focus on the continuing development of excellence in teaching, building our international research profile and extending our clinical collaborations nationally and internationally. 

In addition to salary the successful post holder will receive a generous annual leave entitlement, excellent development opportunities and access to childcare assistance. Flexible home working is supported for this project as the majority of the work can be carried out remotely.

Further information about the University and the School of Health Sciences can be found at  For an informal discussion about the post please contact Prof. Faith Gibson;

As part of our extensive benefits package at Surrey, these appointments offer access to an excellent USS (University Superannuation Scheme) pension scheme.  We do recognise that some staff currently working in the NHS may prefer to explore whether they can continue with an existing NHS scheme, once they have moved to university employment. If you stop working for the NHS and take up an academic post at the University of Surrey, we are pleased to advise that you may be able to continue to pay into the NHS pension scheme; this facility enables you to continue to contribute towards your existing NHS pension despite no longer being employed by the NHS.   Access to the NHS pension scheme will only be available if certain criteria are satisfied, so if this is something you wish to investigate, please do check directly with the University of Surrey Pensions Office at

The School is based in a modern, purpose built, state of the art teaching facility on the University of Surrey campus in Guildford.  The campus provides a pleasant working environment with close links to road and rail transport. 

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£32,344) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£33,309).

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