Post Doctoral Research Fellow - NIHR


Research Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise
Hybrid – LCC Elephant and Castle/Home
Grade 5
£42,477 to £50,961 per annum, pro rata

Fixed Term - up to 30th June 2026

Part time - 18.5 hours per week

29 February 2024 23:55


The opportunity

University of the Arts London (UAL) is seeking to appoint a highly motivated post-doctoral service design researcher (PDRF) to support an interdisciplinary team from Leicester University, and UCL, to create a bundle of interventions to optimise practices in the pre-analytic blood culture pathway (from the point of blood sampling through to transport of samples to the laboratory, testing and feedback) in acute care.  This work will be undertaken in three NHS hospital trusts and will investigate situational and organisational factors that impact on blood sampling practices and the prescribing of broad-spectrum antibiotics within 24 hours of patient admission from emergency departments.

The critical research involves working collaboratively with researchers and stakeholders using a range of design methods and tools to map practices and processes of the blood culture pathway. Core to the work is the use of design ethnographic work, visual mapping and converging and creating data visualisations and prototypes to engage stakeholders in participatory activities to tackle the barriers of optimising practices. The work aims to deliver significant impact by conducting an initial evaluation of the feasibility and usability of the co-designed interventions at the three NHS sites.

About you

  • Experience conducting post-graduate (doctoral) research (desirable).
  • A post-graduate degree (PhD) in relevant subject area (essential).
  • An awareness and experience of the challenges of working collaboratively (essential).
  • An interest in antimicrobial resistance and healthcare contexts (desirable).
  • Knowledge and expertise in service design research methods, including mapping, the creation of co-design tools and participatory practices (essential).
  • Demonstratable experience of co-ordinating, facilitating, and synthesising co-design workshops and the developing of prototypes (essential)
  • Experience in managing a research website (desirable).
  • Proven ability to work independently and prioritise work tasks (essential).

What we offer

To recognise the hard work of our staff and their contributions, we provide a wide range of benefits – please check our careers site/Canvas for further information as conditions and exclusions apply:

▪ at least 31 days of annual leave in addition to bank holidays.
▪ generous defined benefit pension schemes (LGPS/TPS}.
▪ flexible working and family-friendly policies for improved work-life balance.
▪ 2 days of paid volunteering leave for a UK registered charity.
▪ discounts including TOTUM, gyms, nursery and private healthcare insurance.
▪ continuous learning and development opportunities including free UAL Short Courses.
▪ season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, free counselling via EAP and more! 

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2022 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world. 

Our culture

We have become one of the world’s most international Universities, welcoming over 22,000 students and 6,000 staff from 130 countries. And, as a global university, staff and students learn from different cultures and perspectives, which leads to new conversations and innovative work. At our very core, everything we do seeks to challenge the status quo by driving social purpose and standing up for what matters.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds including those who may feel underrepresented in the workforce due to their socioeconomic circumstances such as those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) backgrounds. We aim to be a university where everyone can be themselves and are supported to reach their full potential.

With our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we are proud to be a Race Equality Charter (REC) member to help us reduce barriers that negatively impacts B.A.M.E. staff, a Stonewall Diversity Champion to ensure all LGBTQ+ people are valued at work, a Disability Confident Scheme Committed employer and member of the Business Disability Forum which help us to improve the lives of disabled people in the workplace. 

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