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25/04/2017 05:42


Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)

Research Officer
Salary from £33,784 to £40,867pa inclusive

This is a fixed term appointment for 12 months

The Personal Social Services Research Unit, which is part of LSE Health and Social Care, is a research unit based within the Social Policy Department at the LSE. Directed by Professor Martin Knapp, PSSRU undertakes research particularly in the areas of social care, mental health economics and policy, and long-term care financing. Most of PSSRU’s research focuses on the UK or Europe.

Dr Jeroen Luyten (LSE Department of Social Policy), Professor Martin Knapp (PSSRU at LSE) and Professor Martin Rossor (UCL) have been awarded a research grant from the Wellcome Trust to investigate Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach as an ethical foundation for a cognition policy based on a metric of 'cognitive footprint', and are seeking to appoint a Research Officer to work on this grant. This is an innovative project that connects several original ideas; it could lead to exciting new, interdisciplinary research, spanning fields as diverse as neurology, health economics, bioethics, health policy and social philosophy. It offers an opportunity for a motivated researcher to develop their own research agenda.

You will have a completed PhD, or be working towards completion of a PhD, or have other research experience that demonstrates the capability to produce independent original research in a subject relevant to either social policy (e.g. economics, philosophy) or mental health (e.g. neurology, psychology). You will have the ability to analyse and research complex ideas, concepts or theories, and to apply appropriate research methodologies. You will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage your own workload and work to tight timescales. A strong interest in the scientific areas of cognitive health, wellbeing, economic evaluation, bioethics and philosophical theories of social progress would be an advantage.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Jeroen Luyten ( or telephone +44 20 7852 3621.

To apply for this post, please go to If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mail: quoting reference 1559722.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 6 July 2016 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Interviews are scheduled for the week commencing 1 August 2016.