Qualitative Research Assistant (fixed term) in Epidemiology & Public Health University of Nottingham, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health United Kingdom

Qualitative Research Assistant (fixed term)


Closing Date
Friday, 14th December 2018

Job Type
Research & Teaching Support

Epidemiology & Public Health

£27025 to £29515 per annu

m pro-rata depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
This post is for a Research Assistant to work on the Cancer Research UK funded study on: Electronic cigarettes in pregnancy: A qualitative study exploring healthcare professionals’ beliefs, attitudes, knowledge and behaviour.


Rates of smoking in pregnancy are around 11%, and much higher in some areas of the country. Cigarette smoking is perhaps the most important preventable cause of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as spontaneous abortions, stillbirth, preterm birth and fetal growth restriction, as well as long term effects on infants, such as neurodevelopmental disorders and cancers. Second-hand smoke exposure further increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome as well as respiratory infections, slowed lung growth, and middle ear disease. Therefore, it is a public health priority to find effective was to help pregnant women quit smoking and remain abstinent in the long term. Electronic cigarettes have increased in popularity over the last 10 years, and could be a suitable cessation tool in pregnancy for those who struggle to quit. Public Health England estimated they are likely to be 95% safer than traditional cigarettes, and are preferable to smoking, even by pregnant women. No studies have looked at the opinions of health care professionals or their current practice. This study will involve interviewing up to 72 health care professionals (GPs, midwives, health visitors, stop smoking practitioners) to explore their attitudes and behaviours towards the use of electronic cigarettes in pregnancy, and their knowledge and awareness of current professional guidelines for electronic cigarette use in pregnancy. The findings will add to this growing body of research, and will help us understand the current context, what level of training is received and when training in smoking cessation is best offered.


The successful candidate will have a leading role in completing the data analysis for this study and contributing to writing the research report, publication and dissemination of findings, working closely with the Principle and Co-Investigators. The successful candidate must have experience of using Nvivo software, and preferably experience of Framework Analysis.


The post holder will be based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health on City Hospital campus.


This is part time, 21.75 hours per week, fixed term post until 31 August 2019.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Abby Hunter (Abby.Hunter@nottingham.ac.uk). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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