Centre for Behaviour Change


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Current opportunities

Research Assistant in Behaviour Change - Centre for Behaviour Change, Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, PALS 

Closing date: Sunday, 21 August 2022 (23:59 UK time)
Interview Date: Monday, 30 August 2022

Unitemps are recruiting for multiple Research Assistant in Behaviour Change roles within the Centre for Behaviour Change, Clinical, Educational and  Health Psychology, PALS. This role is for a projected start date of September 5th 2022 and end date of May 31st 2023 (9 month total). This a full-time role, with working hours expected to be 36.5 hour per week. Payment is set at £18.81 per hour + holiday pay. For this role flexible remote working arrangements can be considered.

An opening exists for two researchers with an interest in behaviour change, implementation science and multidisciplinary research to work on systematic reviews of the antimicrobial stewardship literature. This work package forms part of the AMS-TEACH (AntiMicrobial Stewardship: Training and Education to deliver behaviour CHange) project which is funded by the NIHR Policy Research Programme. AMS-TEACH aims to: i) identify (which behaviour change strategies have been used in existing antimicrobial stewardship education and training interventions, and which work to improve clinical practice; ii) the barriers and facilitators to implementing education and training interventions in practice ; iii) produce evidence-based recommendations for improving AMS education and training in hospitals in England.

You will be based at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC) and will work closely with a highly multidisciplinary and friendly team of colleagues at the University of Manchester, University of Newcastle, NHS and UK Government agencies. You will report to to Dr Fabiana Lorencatto, Research Lead, UCL Centre for Behaviour Change and co-PI of AMS-TEACH.

Duties and responsibilities:
You will work on systematic reviews of the literature on AMS education and training interventions across care settings. You will be responsible for data extraction, synthesis and interpretation. In particular, you will be responsible for applying behavioural science frameworks (e.g. behaviour change wheel, taxonomy and ontologies) to identify and categorise the behaviour change strategies in existing interventions. You will also extract data to enable (cost-)effectiveness analysis. You will help compare these findings against known barriers and enablers to antibiotic prescribing, to explore the extent to which existing interventions target known influences on behaviour, and where there might be missed opportunities for intervention. You will also support triangulating the findings from the systematic review with data from a separate work package on the acceptability, feasibility and efficacy of existing AMS education and training interventions across UK secondary care. This will help generate recommendations for improving antibiotic stewardship education and training in hospitals. You will help present and discuss these at co-design workshops with key stakeholders from research, policy and practice. You will contribute to the write up of the study findings for publication in peer review journals, policy briefs, as well as presentations to a variety of audiences.

Skills and experience:

  • A 2.1 (or higher) in a first degree in Psychology or a closely related subject area
  • Preferably a Master’s degree in behavioural science, health psychology, or a closely related field
  • Good research skills, including preferably experience of conducting systematic reviews and/or qualitative research
  • Excellent knowledge of behavioural science frameworks, methods and theory
  • An understanding of antibiotic stewardship and what behavioural science can contribute in this area
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and effectively organise your time and workload

Flexible remote working arrangements can be considered

Additional information
This job will close for applications at 11.59pm on Sunday August 21st. Interviews will be held August 30th.

Apply via Unitemps

Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in Behavioural Science, - Ref:1885954

Closing date: Thursday, 28 July (23:59 UK time)
Interview Date: Monday, 1 August 2022

Department: Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology

Location of position: London, UCL Centre for Behavioural Change (CBC)

Salary (inclusive of London allowance): Grade 7, Scale: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum OR Grade 8, Scale: £45,610 - £53,757 per annum, dependent on experience.

Reports to: Professor Susan Michie, Director, Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC), and Associate Professor Angel Chater, Co-Director.

An exciting opening exists for an experienced researcher to contribute to the behavioural science work-streams of the Department of Health and Social Care’s Behavioural Science Policy Research Unit (PRU), co-directed by Professor Falko Sniehotta (Newcastle University), Associate Professor Angel Chater (UCL), Professor Mike Kelly (Cambridge University), and Professor Ivo Vlaev (Warwick University).

The post-holder will be appointed as a researcher working as part of the large multi-disciplinary, multi-site PRU team, and will need to adapt to the needs and demands of the unit as appropriate. They will be one of two PRU researchers based at the Centre for Behaviour Change.

We are seeking expertise in advanced research skills in areas such as quantitative surveys, qualitative methods and conducting systematic literature reviews and behavioural analyses. The post will require leadership for initiating, conducting and reporting the work in collaboration with multidisciplinary research teams and policy-makers. Experience in engaging with key non-academic stakeholders such as policy makers, health service providers, and patient groups is essential. 

Main purpose fo the job:
The post-holder will contribute to a variety of PRU research projects as agreed by the Department of Health and Social Care and will ensure its research is informed by policy contexts and directions. The post-holder will contribute to the following:

•    Co-production approaches to defining policy problems for projects to address;
•    Helping to organise and deliver knowledge exchange and engagement events, including developing and leading workshops for the Department of Health and Social Care; within the PRU; 
•    Dissemination and briefings;
•    Rapid-response facility.  An example of this approach is Askfuse (http://www.fuse.ac.uk/askfuse/).

Duties & Responsibilities
•    To apply behavioural science knowledge, theory and methods to all stages of the research process;
•    To develop research protocols, gain ethics approvals, set up and manage effective study procedures;
•    To undertake large-scale, high standard, systematic reviews, in particular, using behavioural theory and frameworks to synthesise evidence and identify the active components of interventions;
•    To collect data using interviews, focus groups and observation, and analyse qualitative interview data using theoretical frameworks;
•    To conduct quantitative surveys and experimental studies, and conduct and report multivariant statistical analyses on individual level and summary data;
•    To manage multiple projects and datasets, and plan and coordinate meetings associated with the research; 
•    To contribute to rapid response mode projects as required;
•    To prepare progress reports and policy briefs as required and identify research priorities for the PRU behavioural science work packages;
•    To write journal articles for publication in high quality, peer review journals; 
•    To give presentations to policy makers, other stakeholders and to scientific audiences;
•    To contribute to the general running of the PRU, and any other additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Further Details
To view a person specification, please click here. All applications need a CV and covering letter and have to be made via the UCL jobs system.
To apply, please click here.

For more info or informal chats, please speak to Co-Director of the CBC, Angel Chater at a.chater@ucl.ac.uk.

Call for Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably experienced researchers and practitioners who are interested in casual, contract work with the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for opportunities that may arise to help the Centre meet the demand of services in the activities of research, teaching and training and consultancy.

Key requirements for all roles

  • MSc in Behaviour Change or a closely related discipline (e.g. health psychology, economics, anthropology, sociology, health services research)
  • Demonstrated experience in literature reviews (systematic, narrative, rapid)
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Experience in coding using behaviour change frameworks and tools
  • Ability to submit ethics applications to university, health and government organisations
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Experience of using the Behaviour Change Wheel Framework and associated tools (COM-B, TDF, Intervention, and Policy Functions, Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy) in research, teaching, training and consultancy capacity

To submit your expression of interest please email behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk with the subject heading 'Expression of Interest' with the following:

  • CV
  • covering letter describing the activity would would like to be considered for (research, training and consultancy)

Please note that candidates can submit an expression of interest for more that one activity in the covering letter. Due to the ongoing demand for our services there is no closing date. We have short-term opportunities available for immediate start and would strongly encourage interested and available candidates to submit as soon as possible.

To view the job spec for this role, please see here:

For questions, please contract behaviourchange@ucl.ac.uk.

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