Research Fellow Institute of Childhealth
University College London, UCL GOSH Institute of Child Health
United Kingdom

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual to contribute towards the overall work of the NeoTree team. The NeoTree is a digital health intervention, aimed at changing the behaviour/ clinical practice of healthcare professionals in neonatal units in under resourced settings. It is currently being co-developed and tested in Malawi and Zimbabwe. The aim is to reduce neonatal mortality by improving the quality of newborn care.




The post offers an opportunity to work on the delivery, management, governance, evaluation and dissemination of the NeoTree project and related projects lead by Dr Michelle Heys. The post is funded by a Wellcome Digital Innovation Award to further co-develop NeoTree and conduct a pilot evaluation to assess barriers and enablers to its implementation, and acceptability of the intervention and to gather data with which to develop a robust protocol and proposal for a large-scale evaluation. This is a programme of research, involving a multidisciplinary team/ collaboration between clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, behavioural scientists, social scientists, health economists, software developers and designers, product and project managers, global health researchers and others – across UCL and working closely with teams in Malawi and Zimbabwe. We also have close collaborative links with a number of other newborn care projects in Africa, USA and UK.


The post holder will be  expected to work in a cross-disciplinary way and closely with colleagues on different projects.


The post is funded for 24 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The applicant will require a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in a health-relevant domain (or equivalent skills), and will require to have experience in mixed methods research, with strong qualitative research skills. A background in behavioural sciences would be advantageous.


A background in applied health services related work/ implementation science and experience with working in global health would also be key.


The applicant must have worked in a multi-disciplinary environment and have administrative/project management experience as well as excellent written, verbal and numeracy skills.


The ability to travel 2-3 time per year for short periods (anticipated to be around 2 weeks in duration) to Malawi/ Zimbabwe is also key.


Grade 7 (salary £35,328 - £42,701) per annum, depending on skills and experience. Appointment at Grade7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Grade 6B (salary £30,922 - £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections).

Further Details

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Closing Date1 Sep 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications23:59

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