Based within the School of Clinical Sciences, you will be involved in the work of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) which aims to strengthen the evidence base for improving health inequalities in Scotland. Working with researchers, policy makers and public health practitioners, SCPHRP seeks to identify opportunities to develop public health interventions to address major health problems and health inequalities. You will work closely with the other research fellows, the senior scientific researcher, researchers at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, and the NHS Health Scotland Evaluation team. You will also be responsible for helping to take forward some of the work of the SCPHRP Early Years Working Group.
Your main role will to be to develop novel training materials for public health practitioners around the development and evaluation of complex interventions. You will also have the opportunity to work on primary evaluations of public health interventions, in partnership with other organisations.
In your role with the Early Years Working group you will work with a range of stakeholders with an interest in developing the evidence base in this area, including policy makers, academics and public health practitioners. You may be required to help with the development of research proposals, some analysis of on-going projects, and translating research findings for a non-academic audience.
You will have an MSc and PhD in a public health related area and experience of developing and evaluating complex interventions. You will have a good understanding of the theories behind complex interventions and the range of approaches to evaluation. You will be a good communicator and able to work with people from a range of backgrounds. Experience in developing training or teaching materials is desirable but not essential. An understanding of early years is desirable but not essential.
Closing date for applications is 20th August 2012.
The University of Edinburgh: Research Fellow