Dying in the Margins Research Project: Looking to Recruit an Experienced Qualitative Researcher

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Passionate about promoting an equity agenda in palliative and end of life care? Interested in fieldwork involving participatory visual methods and working with participants over a series of months to help them to capture their experiences? I am looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join my ESRC funded project Dying in the Margins: Uncovering the Reasons for Unequal Access to Home Dying for the Socio-Economically Deprived. 

The post is offered full-time from July 2021 until February 2023 (20 month contract), to be based in either Dumfries & Galloway or Glasgow. 

The Role

The Research Associate will manage the day-to-day running of this innovative participatory project and lead on wide-ranging recruitment activities with our health and social care partners. Key responsibilities will include: working with GPs and hospices to recruit people who are nearing the end of their life and their family members; in-depth qualitative data collection with participants; supporting participants to use photo-voice and co-construct digital stories; working with a professional photographic artist and exhibition curator to exhibit participant and artist images; and organising key public engagement events, including at the Scottish Parliament

The role will be based at the University of Glasgow’s Dumfries Campus but will involve recruiting participants and undertaking data collection in both Dumfries and Galloway and Glasgow. The project will involve some travel within both areas, Covid-restrictions permitting.

The successful candidate will have a doctorate in a social sciences or arts and humanities discipline and significant experience of qualitative research. They will ideally have expert knowledge in the area of poverty and deprivation and/or end of life care. Excellent communication skills and a proven ability to build rapport and maintain good relationships with participants and project partners is essential. 

The Project

The project has been running for 20 months but has experienced delays as a result of the pandemic. We now have full ethical clearance for all aspects of the research and are seeking a Research Associate who can start to meet with our recruitment partners face-to-face and build the relationships of trust which are crucial to recruiting to this ethically sensitive project. 

The Research Associate will be part of the vibrant interdisciplinary Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, which is an established research network at the University of Glasgow based at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dumfries. We work in collaboration with a wide range of academic, policy and practice communities around the world. 


The closing date for applications is 31stMay 2021.

If you are interested, please read the job spec and apply here: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CFS426/research-associate

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the post with any interested applicants. Please do not hesitate to contact me, Dr Naomi Richards (Naomi.Richards@Glasgow.ac.uk), before submitting your application.

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