Full-time 1.0FTE/Fixed term 36 months opportunity
Glasgow Caledonian University is a vibrant multi-cultural modern university in the centre of Glasgow and is placed amongst the top 150 modern Universities in the world (THE, 2017). The sexual health and blood borne virus research group and the substance use research group are world leading interdisciplinary research groups with funding received from NIHR, CSO, and Leading charities. They have informed national and international policies on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of blood borne viruses (notably hepatitis C and HIV) and substance use.
The current post offers a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to join the expanding interdisciplinary research group and contribute to the cutting edge development of Scottish and UK policy regarding the delivery of new hepatitis C therapies. The main purpose of the role is to deliver high quality research for a major new National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) programme grant starting in February 2018. The project is called EPIToPe (Evaluating the Population Impact of Hepatitis C Direct Acting Antiviral Treatment as Prevention for People Who Inject Drugs) and is led by Professors Sharon Hutchinson at Glasgow Caledonian University and Matthew Hickman at Bristol University.
The overall aim of EPIToPe is to generate robust UK empirical evidence on the ‘Treatment as Prevention’ (TasP) hypothesis i.e. does scaling up Hepatitis C treatment among People Who Inject Drugs reduce prevalence and transmission in this population. The post holder will undertake qualitative work to determine the barriers and facilitators to scaling-up hepatitis C treatment in the community, and investigate if hepatitis C treatment changes recipients’ addiction recovery trajectory. The post holder will be supported by Professor Lawrie Elliott and Professor Paul Flowers at Glasgow Caledonian University.
The post will entail organising and conducting focus groups and one to one interviews with those who deliver treatment and supporting peer researchers to recruit and interview people who inject drugs in a nested exploratory qualitative study. Analysis will focus firstly on thematic analysis but in addition will focus upon integrating various analytic frameworks from implementation and wider behavioural science. Dissemination in the form of written and oral outputs is also of key importance.
The successful candidate will have the following:
A PhD (or equivalent) in health psychology, medical sociology, nursing, public health, implementation science or related disciplines Excellent skills and demonstrable experience in qualitative research methods, especially Thematic Analysis or Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Experience of using analytic frameworks such as the Behaviour Change Wheel and Normalisation Process Theory and intervention manualisation Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, including peer researchers
Applicants must have the continued right to live and work in the United Kingdom to apply for this vacancy.
Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).
Applications must be made online at myjobscotland.gov.uk
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