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About the role

Research Design Service (RDS) East Midlands is seeking a highly experienced Public Involvement Lead to develop, direct and deliver a programme of innovative public involvement activities. You will ensure that researchers seeking advice from RDS East Midlands are encouraged, guided and supported to undertake effective public involvement when developing their research applications and in their future research. You will also ensure that public contributors for RDS East Midlands have multiple opportunities to make a positive difference to the organisation and delivery of the service. You will work from both the RDS’s Leicester and Nottingham offices.

RDS East Midlands (www.rds-eastmidlands.nihr.ac.uk) is part of a national network of RDSs funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support the design of applied health and social care research. It is delivered by highly experienced research and support staff at University of Leicester and University of Nottingham.

About you

We are looking for an experienced researcher with a strong personal commitment to public involvement in health-related research. You will bring to the role extensive knowledge, insights and experience of working with patients, the public and other stakeholders to design and deliver applied health and social care research.

We would particularly welcome applications from individuals who would like to maintain other part-time research-related posts at University of Leicester or elsewhere so they may continue to pursue a career as an active researcher.

Additional information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Raksha Pandya-Wood on rpw12@leicester.ac.uk.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. The University is ranked within the top 25 UK Universities in all international league tables and we are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

In return for your hard work, we offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 because the appointee will have substantial access to young people and/or vulnerable adults. Therefore, an appointment to this post will be subject to checking and appropriate clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The successful applicant for this post will, therefore, be required to give consent for the University to check with the DBS for the existence and content of any criminal record in the form of a Standard Disclosure. Information received from the DBS and the police will be kept in strict confidence and will be destroyed once the University is satisfied in this regard.