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Research Assistant

Reference:  HY0409
Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Faculty of Health Sciences
School/Department:  Hull York Medical School
Subject Group/Team:  Wolfson Palliative Care Research Group
Salary:  £30,619 to £36,333 per annum pro rata
Fixed Term 12 months
Post Type:  Part Time
Closing Date:  Monday 05 June 2023

We are seeking to appoint a research assistant with experience in mixed methods research to be a key member of a new study that will devise methodological guidance for researchers when undertaking research among ethnically diverse and minoritised communities. This study is funded by the Medical Research Council. 

Each year 600,000 UK people die. This number will continue to grow. Many people living in the UK come from ethnically diverse communities. By 2051, nearly 40 million will be aged 65 years and over. Many will experience illnesses that lead to death. Palliative care improves the experiences and outcomes of care for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Research that has explored the relationship between ethnicity and palliative care has shown care is often not provided fairly, meaning patients from ethnically diverse groups and their families have poor experiences and outcomes of care. Researchers have often used different methods when exploring these issues, so the findings are not easy to compare; the research questions asked have not always reflected what people from ethnically diverse communities want and the findings from the research have not been written clearly or with respect. This 12-month study wishes to redress this situation and improve the way research is developed and undertaken to improve patient and family experiences and outcomes of care.  

This is an excellent opportunity for a researcher who understands and has experience in mixed methods research and analysis to join a multi-ethnic and multidisciplinary team from the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre at Hull York Medical School and those at the University of Leeds, Newcastle University, King’s College London, LOROS Hospice and Bradford Teaching Hospital NHS Found Trust with “expert by experience” PPI involvement.

This post is Band 6 0.5FTE for 12 months.   It will be based in the Hull York Medical School on the University of Hull Campus.  For information about the Hull York Medical School visit

To discuss this role informally, please contact Professor Jonathan Koffman, Email:


Applicants are required to submit a current CV and covering letter outlining how their qualifications and experience meet the Person Specification and Job Description.

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