RA job – UCL Institute of Child Health

UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH


Research Assistant Job reference: 1534180

Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care
Grade 6B
Salary (inclusive of London allowance)
£29,485 – £31,091 per annum, depending on skills and experience
Reporting to
Prof Myra Bluebond-Langner
This role is initially funded for 2 years
Hours of work
36.5 a week
Annual leave
27 days
robation period
9 months
Job Specification
The post holder, in conjunction with Professor Myra Bluebond-Langner, and staff funded to work on specific studies, will assist on this project which takes forward the core academic themes of the unit: (1) Documenting the illness experience; (2) Decision making about care and treatment; (3) Pain and symptom management; (4) Delivery of palliative care services.
The post holder’s main responsibilities will be (a) to assist in day to day research activities (including data management, collaborative analysis and presentation of results), (b) to contribute, as a co- author, to the development and writing of research papers for publication in books and peer reviewed journals and for presentation at meetings and conferences, (c) to develop effective working partnerships with clinicians and other stakeholders in the field of paediatric palliative care to assist others on the team to ensure timely completion of research activities (d) to contribute to other academic activities of the unit as required by the professor.
The person appointed will in consultation with the Chair:
 Participate in literature and instrument review, instrument development, data collection and analysis.
 Undertake analysis of empirical data under the direction of Professor Bluebond-Langner and provide written reports of the analysis subject to her specifications in a timely manner.
 Carry out data entry on the unit’s qualitative and quantitative data bases.
  Contribute to preparing and submitting project outlines for peer review, research and
development review and ethical approval.  Contribute to the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data as
 Contribute to development of the Louis Dundas Centre’s clinical database. 
 Contribute presentations to regular unit seminars.  Provide the unit team with regular progress reports on current projects.  Participate in monthly academic unit business meetings, where the goals of the unit and
progress of various projects are discussed.  Meet at least fortnightly with Professor Bluebond-Langner and project staff to review
progress to date and plan next steps.  Complete minutes and compile documents for the research team meetings as required.  Collaborate in preparing final reports of projects in a timely manner for a range of audiences.  Participate in the development of proposals and articles emanating from projects
This job description reflects the present requirements of the post. The post holder will carry out any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of the role and as required by their line manager and/or Head of Department/Programme. As duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder.
The post holder will actively follow UCL policies including Equal Opportunities policies and be expected to give consideration within their role as to how they can actively advance equality of opportunity and good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
The post holder will also maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety