Research Associate in Healthcare

University of Cambridge

We seek a talented research associate to join the research team at The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute).

Funded by the Health Foundation, THIS Institute has a remit to advance research into how to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The institute hosts around 60 staff, consisting of academics, operational and communications staff and visiting research fellows. It has strong links across University of Cambridge departments, with RAND Europe, a not-for-profit Cambridge-based research organisation, and with Homerton College, Cambridge, as well as with multiple external partners.

The successful candidate will work to support a range of research projects concerning the promotion of quality and safety in health care, improving the uptake and spread of good practice, and sustaining improvements in the way that care is delivered, as well as supporting the research infrastructure of THIS Institute.

You will be educated to PhD level in health services research, public health, data science, social science applied to health, human factors/ergonomics, systematic review methods or other discipline relevant to the study of healthcare improvement. We are especially keen to receive applications from individuals with a background in survey methods, but welcome applications from all well-qualified candidates. You will have the ability to read, critique and synthesise relevant literature, to plan and conduct primary research to a high standard, and to engage with many stakeholders and collaborators in co-production, while working at pace. You will be capable of preparing research protocols, project reports and manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals with minimal supervision and will have strong skills in teamwork.

The position is full-time, part-time applications will be considered for a minimum of 0.8 FTE.

Funding for this position is available until 31 March 2027.

The post will be based at Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2.5 miles south of the city centre).

Informal discussions about the post are strongly encouraged. Please contact Dr Jenni Burt, Research Programme Leader at THIS Institute, by e-mail (

Closing date: 2 April 2023

Interview Date: 26th or 27th April 2023

To apply for this vacancy you need upload a narrative Curriculum Vitae (CV) alongside your standard CV (full details in the Further Particulars). This will provide a more holistic view of your contributions to research.

This vacancy is being studied as part of the Action Research on Research Culture project (ARRC)

The ARRC team are investigating the effects of CV format on shortlisting. If you consent to take part in the study the ARRC team will use information from the shortlisting process to understand the impact of different CV formats. The recruiting academic will not be told whether you have joined the study so your choice cannot influence the decision on who to appoint. Further details can be found in the 'Further particulars' document. If you have questions about the ARRC project please contact: