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Research Assistant / Associate / Senior Research Associate

Requisition ID:  19642
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  26-Apr-2022

 

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

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Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

 

Salary:

Research Assistant: £28,756 - £30,497 per annum

Research Associate: £31,406 - £40,927 per annum

Senior Research Associate: £42,149 - £44,706 per annum

 

Closing Date: 26 May 2022

 

The Role


Applications are invited for a talented and ambitious Research Assistant/Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to work within the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) covering the North East and North Cumbria and to work across all ARCs as part of our national leadership in Health Inequalities.  

 

You will have (or submitted) a doctorate in a relevant topic and experience proportionate to the level of post applied for in health inequalities and the social determinants of health. Required skills will include: the development of research studies and analysis plans; quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis; the ability to publish work in high quality peer reviewed journals; the confidence to engage with collaborators at all levels of seniority, across different regions and sectors of the public health and health care system; and a willingness to work with research partners across multiple universities. The successful applicant will be appointed to a suitable point on the common pay scale according to qualifications and experience. The post will require the ability to travel within and beyond the UK.

 

As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

 

One full time post is available, for two years (until 30/9/2024).

 

The Institute of Population Health Sciences is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students.  Applications for part time/flexible working will be considered; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Professor Clare Bambra (ARC lead for Health Inequalities - clare.bambra@newcastle.ac.uk

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Carry out high quality applied health research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard 
  • Conduct national and regional work in inequalities as part of the Applied Research Collaboration for the North East and North Cumbria
  • Contribute to study design and collect, organise and analyse data relating to various projects
  • Ensure that research activity and any data collection is consistent with current research governance instructions and Data Protection legislation.
  • Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the applied research collaboration and its programmes of work
  • Prepare papers for publication in high quality peer reviewed journals, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills.
  • To contribute to the activities of the Applied Research Collaboration, to Fuse and to other relevant research infrastructures regionally and nationally
  • Work with relevant stakeholders including members of the public to ensure research is relevant to their needs
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the ARC as required by the Inequalities lead or the ARC NENC Director 
  • Undertake teaching related to health inequalities and/or methods expertise

Senior Research Associate

  • Show academic leadership in applied research in health inequalities in the NIHR Applied Health Research Collaboration both regionally and nationally
  • Develop research proposals and funding bids for prestigious funders (e.g. NIHR, MRC, ESRC), and be successful in obtaining funding. 
  • Plan and lead high quality applied health research, project managing the research activity, supervising and taking responsibility for the research team, and collaborating with external partners
  • Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard 
  • Monitor workload and supervise/train less experienced staff and/or students working across  several projects
  • Publish research findings in peer reviewed journals
  • Present findings at conferences nationally and internationally
  • Conduct work related to methodological development, design and development of complex interventions, process and outcome evaluation, knowledge mobilisation and/or implementation of evidence into health, public health and social care
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills
  • To contribute to the activities of the Applied Research Collaboration at Newcastle University and partner Universities
  • Undertake teaching on applied health research on the Institute and Faculty of Medical Science postgraduate and undergraduate courses as required 
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the ARC as required by the Inequalities lead or ARC NENC Director


The Person

 

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • A PhD submitted in a relevant subject
  • Experience of conducting high quality research in in health inequalities and the social determinants of health
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a range of education settings and situations 
  • Ability to carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice
  • Evidence of potential to publish in high quality peer reviewed journals 
  • Ability to present findings at leading health, public health and social science conferences
  • Evidence of skills in empirical research involving primary data collection and using quantitative and/or qualitative techniques
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant data analysis software packages

Desirable

  • A Masters degree or equivalent qualification
  • Ability to undertake research on methodological aspects of applied health research
  • Experience of work within a context of Public Involvement and Public Engagement (PPI/E)

Senior Research Associate

  • Experience of supervising less experienced staff
  • Experience of research on methodological aspects of applied health research
  • Supervision of postgraduate students
  • Teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level in an academic setting

 

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 19642