The Centre for Medical Informatics at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh is looking for a Research Assistant (Social Science).

The opportunity

This post offers the opportunity to work on an exciting new initiative using data driven approaches to embed real-time research within the Intensive Care environment.

You will work in a fast-paced, agile environment, collaborating with academics, clinicians, information governance teams, patient and public engagement groups, and industry partners. You will help to inform the design of systems and interfaces to feed back information to clinicians. Using longitudinal qualitative research, you will provide insights into stakeholder needs, using theoretically-informed analysis to evaluate data-driven approaches in critical care.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the evidence base for management of critically ill patients by conducting innovative qualitative research at the interface between data science and medical research. We would enthusiastically welcome applicants who wish to embed a PhD within this post.

Your skills and attributes for success

  • Degree in a relevant social science (e.g. Science & Technology Studies, Sociology, Anthropology) or cognate discipline
  • Experience in qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills (verbal and written) together with a proactive attitude to problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collaborative, collegiate approach, and the ability to establish and maintain personal working relationships with colleagues
  • Experience working within the healthcare setting

Please include your CV and a supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post.

Current University of Edinburgh employees (i.e. internal applicants) interested in applying for this role – you must apply as an internal applicant through the People and Money Current Jobs tile.

Work with us 

Join our growing team of academics and professional services staff and work in a vibrant, multi-disciplinary environment. Our vision is to catalyse the transformation of health in society by working with people, populations and their data. Our greatest asset is our people, working together to improve public health using evidence-based research.

We are a key applied and translational arm of the Edinburgh Medical School, within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at The University of Edinburgh. Working with partners across UK and international universities, health and care providers, policymakers, industry and the public is central to our highly collaborative ethos. As a valued member of our team you can expect:

  • A competitive salary of £32,982 - £38,205
  • An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work.
  • To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community
  • Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work options. Check out the full list on our staff benefits page (opens in a new tab) and use our reward calculator to discover the total value of your pay and benefits

Championing equality, diversity and inclusion

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Prior to any employment commencing with the University you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages (opens new browser tab)

On this occasion the University will not consider applicants requiring sponsorship for this role. International workers will therefore only be able to take up this role if they can demonstrate an alternative right to work in the UK.

Key dates to note

The closing date for applications is 5 June 2024.

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About us

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

The Centre for Medical Informatics focusses on the interdisciplinary study of designing, developing and using information technology solutions in healthcare.