Research Associate

Job summary

This is an opportunity for a Research Associate to work within the Global Digital Health Unit (GDHU) at Imperial College London. The GDHU has a research focus on the use of routinely available healthcare data in the evaluation of digital health interventions across the UK and Global healthcare economy.

The research is funded through a NIHR HS&DR award and intends to identify and understand the use and acceptability of the NHS App which supports patients in many ways including: accessing their medical record; ordering repeat prescriptions, and book GP appointments. The App was rolled out in 2019 across the NHS in England at the direction of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

NHS England’s goals for the App are to:

  1. Improve access to primary care services

  2. Improve patient experience

  3. Save time in GP practices and

  4. Promote self-care

You will lead the quantitative evaluation of the effectiveness of the NHS App in meeting its goals using observational methods. We will also look for other effects, including unanticipated consequences (5), particularly around changes in resource utilisation in primary care, emergency departments, and admissions to hospital.

Duties and responsibilities

You will lead the delivery of the quantitative analysis workstream of the NHS App evaluation and undertake research of the highest quality in digital health. You will also publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals and present work at international conferences. You will be encouraged and supported to carry out, plan and lead high quality programme of research in digital health, and to undertake project management and supervise a PhD student. 

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD in Epidemiology/Statistics ideally with a focus on digital health/infectious disease. Together with experience of working in digital health, you must have knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures. You must also be able to demonstrate the ability to interact with academics and hold experience of supervising research of undergraduate/postgraduate students.

The successful applicant will also have the appropriate technical skills to perform research in the field (e.g. laboratory, analytical, programming, or fieldwork skills) and to design, plan and lead high quality original research.

Further information

This role is part time (0.6 FTE - 3 days per week) and fixed-term until 31st January 2022.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. 

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity

  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams

  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others

  • Deliver positive outcomes

  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination

  • Develop and grow skills and expertise

  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.