Vacancy: Post Doc & Senior Fellows #implementationscience

Postdoctoral Fellows and Senior Postdoctoral Fellows in Implementation Science. These are personal fellowships aimed at researchers with a background in health or social sciences to develop and gain skills in implementation science.

To see seven projects and also open call please see attached

Postdoctoral Fellow and Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Implementation Science (5 posts)

Reference: THW/16/059639/000108

Salary Details: £32,600 to £38,896 (G6) or £40,082 to £47,801 (G7)

Allowances: Plus £2,323 London Allowance

Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term

Contract Term: Full time

King’s Improvement Science (KIS) ( is a collaboration between King’s College London and its partners in the King’s Health Partners (KHP) Academic Health Sciences Centre—King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

KIS aims to detect and remedy quality gaps in its constituent NHS Trusts and to develop the relatively new field of improvement and implementation science. Via a suite of prestigious three year fellowships, KIS will develop a new cadre of postdoctoral staff who will bridge the clinical-research divide in healthcare improvement. KIS aims to meet the internationally recognised need for researchers of this type, and help to correct a historic imbalance in healthcare research funding away from applied health and social care research.

KIS are delighted to offer three postdoctoral fellowships and two senior postdoctoral fellowships all of three years duration to outstanding postdoctoral researchers. The fellows will work on improvement/implementation science research at the King’s Health Partners Trusts. Fellowship post holders will be employed by King’s College London and receive supervision from senior academic staff at King’s College London. We welcome and strongly encourage applications from candidates with experience of using health services for a long-term condition.

The post holders will contribute to the development of improvement/implementation science. During the course of the fellowship, the post holders will be expected to publish first author publications in high impact scientific journals and make a significant authorial contribution to others. At the end of the three year fellowships, fellows are expected to have led their own improvement science research project, contributed significantly to the improvement science knowledge base and to have secured their own grant in improvement/implementation science.

Fellowship candidates can apply to work on one of the projects listed on the KIS website see, or can propose their own original three year project within the field of improvement/implementation science.

Within their application, candidates must clearly indicate their project preference, or state that they wish to make their own proposal and provide a clear outline of this. The outline should provide details of: the project aims, scientific significance in relation to improvement and implementation science, proposed methodology, timescales, plans for dissemination and potential impact. Candidates should explain why they are seeking a career in the field of improvement/implementation science and should describe their suitability for a fellowship with reference to the person specification.

It is envisaged that the fellowships will commence in April 2016.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 11 February 2016.

Interviews will be held on during late February/early March 2016.

Equality of opportunity is College policy.

The appointments will be made dependent on relevant qualifications:

– at Grade 6 (Postdoctoral Fellow), currently £32,600 to £38,896, per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance

– at Grade 7 (Senior Postdoctoral Fellow), currently £40,082 to £47,801 per annum, plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance

All appointments are offered on fixed term contracts for 3 years.

For an informal discussion of the posts please contact Marguerita Gillespie on 020 7848 0340, or via email at



The closing date for applications is  11th February  2016.


Jane Sandall
Professor of Social Science and Women’s Health

NIHR Senior Investigator
Division of Women’s Health | Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine | King’s College London |Women’s Health Academic Centre | St. Thomas’ Hospital

London| SE1 7EH | 020 7188 8149 | Skype | jsandall
PA Vanessa Giscombe| | 020 7188 3639


I am part of the NIHR CLAHRC South London, a research organisation working to improve health services.


Lead maternity and capacity building NIHR CLAHRC South London


Lead capacity building King’s Improvement Science


The CLAHRC South London has created an MSc in Implementation and Improvement Science, awarded by King’s College London. Find out more at:


Latest publications:


Fernandez Turienzo C, Sandall J, Peacock JL. Models of antenatal care to reduce and prevent preterm birth: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2016;6: e009044. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2015-009044.


Mackintosh NSandall J. (2015) The social practice of rescue: the safety implications of acute illness trajectories and patient categorisation in medical and maternity settings, Sociology Health Illness. Sep 18. Article first published online: 18 Sep 2015.


Waring, J., Allen, D., Braithwaite, J. and Sandall, J. (2015), Healthcare quality and safety: a review of policy, practice and research. Sociol Health Illn, Article first published online: 11 DEC 2015.


Davina Allen, Jeffrey Braithwaite, Jane Sandall and Justin Waring (2015) Towards a sociology of healthcare safety and quality, Sociology Health Illness, Article first published online : 17 DEC 2015.

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