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Research Assistant

School of Health Sciences

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £30,046 to £31,866 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Tuesday 25 May 2021
Closing Date:  Tuesday 22 June 2021
Interview Date:  Monday 28 June 2021
Reference:  029021

The Cancer Care group in the School of Health Sciences is excited to be advertising for a Research Assistant to work on a project funded by Blood Cancer UK aimed at improving earlier diagnosis of blood cancer. The project involves developing and piloting a questionnaire to measure blood cancer awareness in the general population.  

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 conduct/ lead on fieldwork for this project including conducting cognitive interviews, liaising with patients, charities and other stakeholders to collect and analyse data and contribute to dissemination.

This is a fixed-term full time post for 18-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. Some flexible home working is supported but attendance at our campus in Guildford will be necessary as we come out of lockdown.

Further information about the University and the School of Health Sciences can be found at  For an informal discussion about the post please contact Dr Katriina Whitaker;

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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