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Research Fellow, fixed term appointment to 28 February 2020

London School of Economics
Contract Type
Fixed Term
from £45,285 to £52,353 pa
Expiry Date
The Personal Social Services Research Unit is a research centre at the LSE. Directed by Professor Martin Knapp, PSSRU undertakes research particularly in the areas of long-term care and mental health economics and policy

Job Description

PSSRU, along with partners at the Universities of Cape Town and Sussex, has been awarded funding from UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund to strengthen responses to dementia in seven developing countries. The STRiDE project, which started in October 2017, involves a consortium of partners from these seven countries as well as partnerships with Alzheimer’s Disease International and Dementia Alliance International.


PSSRU is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Fellow to start as soon as possible for 13 months to provide support during a staff member’s parental leave. The postholder will work specifically on workpackage (WP) 4 within the STRiDE project which aims to understand the costs and consequences (financial, social and emotional) of providing unpaid care to family members with dementia. They will coordinate this qualitative research and provide training, support and mentorship to country teams in Jamaica, India and Mexico in carrying out fieldwork for the WP using constructivist grounded theory and unstructured or semi-structured interviews. The postholder will be required to travel at specific points in the project.


Candidates should have:

  • a PhD (or working towards completion of a PhD) in a relevant discipline, such as anthropology, sociology, population studies, health services research, health policy, or social policy, based on primary qualitative data; or evidence of equivalent independent original qualitative research through research outputs;
  • an understanding of epistemologies and ontologies and experience of working within a constructivist paradigm;
  • demonstrable experience of using in-depth, unstructured or semi-structured interviews;
  • experience of using constructivist grounded theory or a similarly inductive method based on iterative data collection and analysis;
  • experience of conducting fieldwork in low- or middle-income countries;
  • experience of training research assistants; and
  • the ability and willingness to work as part of a team.


PSSRU will consider a secondment for this position.


We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification linked to in the advert on the LSE website.


To apply for this post, please go to If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email  


The closing date for receipt of applications is 16 December 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.


Presentations and interviews will take place on 7 January 2019.