Job opportunities at the University of Dundee: Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre

Job opportunities, University of Dundee
Mother and Infant Research Unit and Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre

Research Fellow, Improvement in maternal and child health: The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre is a new Scotland-wide development funded by a £3.25 million grant from the Scottish Funding Council, Chief Scientist’s Office, NHS Education Scotland, and the Health Foundation, with substantial additional investment from partner organisations. Led by the University of Dundee (Prof Mary Renfrew, Director) with NHS Tayside, national partners and collaborators in this extensive and ambitious programme of work include eight universities and seven NHS Health Boards, national NHS organisations, voluntary and community groups, and local authorities. The Collaborating Centre aims to strengthen the evidence base for improving the quality of care; disseminate the improvement science knowledge base to practitioners, decision-makers, and the public; facilitate translation of knowledge into improvement activity, practice and policy; build engagement, capacity and capability across a network of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, advocacy and user groups; and define new approaches to improvement methodology. The first two workstreams of the Centre are Maternal and Child Health, and Older People. This five-year programme of work is intended to develop as a platform for sustainable activity and growth, and to become a national resource for the best research and practice. The Collaborating Centre will be sited with the new Institute for Applied Research in Health and Well-being in the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. The Mother and Infant Research Unit (MIRU) is a multidisciplinary research unit that aims to improve health and care for women, babies and families. It has a focus on reducing inequalities in health, and has programmes of work on maternal and child nutrition, perinatal loss, and strengthening midwifery. This new post will work within the Maternal and Child Health workstream of the SISCC, and will also develop improvement-related research as part of MIRU’s research programme.

Applications are invited from enthusiastic, experienced researchers who wish to join a world-leading group of collaborators in developing an innovative programme of research, evaluation, and improvement. The successful candidate will have expertise in one or more of a range of health services research skills, including health services research and evaluation methods, epidemiology, statistics, systematic reviewing and meta-analysis, or qualitative methods. He/she will have a background in maternal and child health research, and be committed to the use and application of evidence to improve health and care; to improving the four key outcome domains for this programme: safety and reliability, care and compassion, reducing inequalities, and improving health and care; and to working in partnership with academics, practitioners, advocacy groups, patients, carers and communities. A commitment to multidisciplinary research and active engagement with policy and practice are important requirements of the post. Research Fellow, Improvement in maternal and child health

Postdoctoral research assistant, maternal and child health: We are seeking to appoint a talented postdoctoral research assistant to work in the Mother and Infant Research Unit and to contribute to the research programme of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and of the newly-forming Institute for Applied Research in Health and Well-being. Candidates will be expected to bring expertise in one or more of a wide range of methodological areas, which could include a range of social science and/or health services research methods. A commitment to interdisciplinary research and active engagement with policy and practice are important requirements of the post. This new post forms part of a major new strategic investment to strengthen research in applied health research in general and in maternal, infant and early years research in particular. This is a unique opportunity to build a career in a rich research environment that includes the Scottish Improvement Science Centre (SISCC), the Social Dimensions of Health Institute, and the Academic Health Sciences Partnership in Tayside. The successful applicant will work within the programme of the Mother and Infant Research Unit (MIRU), which is med by Prof Mary Renfrew. MIRU aims to generate evidence to inform policy and practice in maternal, infant and early years health and care, and to reduce the impact of inequalities; our work includes research, postgraduate education, and improvement/evidence-based practice work. Key themes are strengthening midwifery, maternal and child nutrition, with a focus on reducing inequalities in vulnerable and marginalised communities. We collaborate widely with academic and professional colleagues, and with service users and advocacy groups, locally, nationally and internationally. Post Doctoral Research Assistant – Maternal and child health and care

Post-doctoral research assistant, Centre for Evidence Synthesis: The Centre for Evidence Synthesis is a new initiative, internally funded by the University of Dundee. Led by Dr Steve MacGillivray, the Centre aims to provide a focal point for methodological innovation in evidence synthesis methods within the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. Evidence syntheses are employed and valued across a wide range of fields including: psychology, nursing, dentistry, medicine, public health, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, educational research, sociology, business management, environmental management, conservation biology and international development. Regardless of the field of enquiry, the conduct of high quality reviews requires highly skilled individuals to plan, execute, critique and report them. Founding a specialist Centre will allow the gathering together of people with a range of literature review design and analytical skills. The benefits of such a grouping are likely to be manifold: increased likelihood of high quality evidence syntheses; increased ability to lever funding to conduct evidence syntheses; promotion of the development of novel methodologies; increased ability to ask novel questions via multidisciplinary working; allow the co-ordination of teaching and training of review skills at undergraduate and post-graduate level; provision of an academic environment which fosters, encourages and celebrates excellence in reviews.

Applications are invited from enthusiastic and highly motivated postdoctoral researchers with experience of conducting systematic reviews and other forms of evidence synthesis to help found this new and important centre of excellence. The post will support a Senior Lecturer in Evidence Synthesis to set up the Centre and to develop applications for funding to support activity. The successful applicant will also be supported to develop their own portfolio of research. The post-holder will be based in the School of nursing and Midwifery and attached to the Institute for Applied Research in Health and Wellbeing, a recently formed grouping within the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Dundee.
The main purpose of this post is initially to work with the Centre Director and colleagues across the University to help establish the Centre. This will involve undertaking work to establish the range and nature of evidence synthesis skills within the University, and in developing systems and procedures to establish working groups. The balance of the workload will fluctuate according to demands, and flexibility will be essential in this post. – MDN0942 Post Doctoral Research Assistant, Centre for Evidence Synthesis