Bristol Medical School
£36,613 per annum
Closing date for applications
We are seeking a Senior Research Associate to work on an exciting five-year collaborative project, which explores “best interests” decisions in healthcare, ethics and law, based in the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, in the Medical School at the University of Bristol.
The Senior Research Associate will primarily carry out research on the “Balancing Best Interests in Healthcare, Ethics and Law” (BABEL) project, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust. This is an empirical bioethics project, comprising normative and empirical work, and their combination. The post holder will primarily focus on best interests and healthcare ethics and will proceed through three phases (mapping, framing and shaping). In the mapping phase, undertaking literature reviews and analysis, focusing on literature in healthcare and healthcare ethics. In the framing phase, you will undertake empirical (qualitative) research with a range of participants, including individuals with fluctuating or absent mental capacity, carers, patient advocates and healthcare professionals.
In the shaping phase, findings from the previous phases (and from research elsewhere in the project) will be brought together to form recommendations for future practice. The post holder will produce reports, publications and presentations and will contribute to applications for further funding. You will also be expected to make contributions to teaching and assessment in Bristol Medical School, and particularly the Centre for Ethics in Medicine.
The successful candidate will have experience in bioethics and in qualitative social science research methods. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, which includes Professor Richard Huxtable, Dr Jonathan Ives and Dr Giles Birchley, all from the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, and Dr Judy Laing and Dr Sheelagh McGuinness, from the Centre for Health, Law and Society.
For informal enquiries, please get in touch with Jonathan Ives (j.ives [at] bristol.ac.uk) or Richard Huxtable (r.huxtable [at] bristol.ac.uk).