Research Assistant in Social Science (Part-time)

£33,567 per annum, pro rata.

This part time post provides an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their mixed-methods research skills and portfolio in public health interventions for marginalised populations. This project will specifically focus on assessing the feasibility of screening for renal disease in drug treatment services and exploring, with people who inject drugs, their experiences of skin and soft tissue infections and barriers to accessing timely care.

You will be expected to assist with all phases of this mixed-method study, with a focus on leading survey implementation and statistical data analysis. Data collection will be based at drug treatment services and hostels in London. The study lead is Dr Magdalena Harris, who has expertise in qualitative methods. She will provide mentorship in assisting with qualitative data analysis and write up for publication. You will be prepared to take a high degree of responsibility for your own work, in return for the flexibility and freedom we offer within the project to develop your own ideas. We will support the successful candidate to achieve her/his academic goals and provide mentoring and guidance where needed. 

The appointment is available from mid-September 2018 at 0.6fte for 20 months. Salary will be on the Research Assistant grade 5 scale point 27 (£33,567 pro rata). The post will be based in London. The appointment will be subject to LSHTM terms and conditions, including membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, an annual leave allowance of 30 days pro rata plus 6 fixed ‘Director’s Days’ and season ticket loan.

The candidate should have a higher degree or equivalent in social science (sociology, anthropology, psychology, epidemiology or similar); expertise in statistical analysis and evidence of academic writing skills. The post-holder will work with and be supervised by Dr Magdalena Harris at LSHTM and will be expected to liaise with project partners Camden Drug Services; Find and Treat; The National Amyloidosis Centre and Groundswell Advocacy Service. 

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Magdalena Harris (

Applications should be made on-line via our website at The reference for this post is PHP-SEHR-2018-11. Applications should include a CV and the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Please submit a sample of your academic writing with your application. Any queries about the application process may be addressed to  quoting reference PHP-SEHR-2018-11. Closing date for applications is 21 August 2018. Interviews will be held on 5 September 2018.

An online application form will be used to score the applications and you should set out clearly on the form how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria.  Please provide one or more short paragraphs addressing each criterion, keeping your responses as brief as possible. You may repeat sections of your CV in this form, and are recommended to do so to ensure you are scored as highly as possible per section. Please ensure the form is self-contained and do not write ‘please see CV’ in response to the questions.  

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

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