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Research Assistant / Associate

Requisition ID:  15527
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  10-Jan-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.

 

Salary:

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

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

 

Closing Date: 31 January 2022

 

 

The Role

 

We are looking to appoint a researcher with qualitative methods skills, to support an NIHR Three Schools Mental Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (MPHES) project evaluating a Recovery Navigator programme across 6 Hospital Trusts in North East England.

 

You will be an integral part of the ‘Recovery Navigator’ project team, which will be conducting a multi-method evaluation of the new initiative. Recovery Navigators are hospital-based practitioners who will offer enhanced support and assertive outreach to adults who are identified as having heavy alcohol use and mental health problems. The latter often come from the most deprived communities in the region and need additional help accessing community-based support for ongoing health needs.

 

You will be expected to conduct high quality applied research to understand staff and patient views and experiences of the Recovery Navigator work including the characteristics of people supported by the initiative and its impact on their health and mental well-being.

 

This post is available as either full time or part time, fixed term until 31 December 2023

 

For informal enquiries and further information, please contact Professor Eileen Kaner at Eileen.Kaner@newcastle.ac.uk or Dr Amy O'Donnell Amy.O'Donnell@newcastle.ac.uk

 

The Population Health Sciences Institute 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.

 

Research Assistant 

 

Key Accountabilities

 

1.    Help plan and conduct the research, supported by senior team members

2.    Undertake in-depth qualitative research with practitioners and people supported by the recovery navigators

3.    Work collaboratively with other partners and stakeholders within and connected to the project group

4.    Support public involvement activity in the project

5.    Document research output, including, analysis and interpretation of data, maintaining records, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate

6.    Contribute to the production of high quality outputs from research activity including (but not limited to) publications for peer reviewed journals, publicity materials and reports, website content 

7.    Be aware of, and comply with, current data protection legislation regarding data collection, analysis, reporting and storage. 

8.    Any other relevant activities required by the Principle Investigators

 

The Person (Essential)

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•    Clear knowledge and experience of qualitative research methods including thematic analysis
•    Evidence of ability to co-author peer reviewed publications
•    Evidence of successfully working on an applied research project
•    Evidence of ability to work independently and with others in a team
•    The ability to communicate to a range of audiences using a range of presentation approaches
•    To have relevant IT skills
•    An understanding of the importance of public involvement and engagement in research (Desirable)
•    Knowledge of health and social care policy relating to the UK (Desirable)

 

Attributes and Behaviours
•    The ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle difficult or sensitive situations
•    Be able to work flexibly with regard to hours of work including occasional evenings, and travel across the region

 

Qualifications
•    Educated to Master’s level
•    Be motivated to register and achieve a PhD (Desirable)


Research Associate 

 

Key Accountabilities

 

1.    Take a leading role in the planning and conducting of research, in dialogue with senior team members

2.    Lead in-depth qualitative work with practitioners and people supported by the recovery navigators

3.    Work collaboratively with partners within and connected to the project group

4.    Lead high quality public involvement work for the project

5.    Document research output, including, analysis and interpretation of data, maintaining records, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate

6.    Produce high quality outputs from research activity including (but not limited to) publications for peer reviewed journals, publicity materials and reports, website content 

7.    Ensure compliance with current data protection legislation encompassing data collection, analysis, reporting and archiving processes

8.    Any other relevant activities required by the Principal Investigators

 

The Person (Essential)

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•    Clear knowledge and experience of leading qualitative research work
•    Evidence of ability to lead peer reviewed publications
•    Evidence of successfully working across several projects or complex project components at one time
•    Evidence of ability to work independently and co-operatively with others
•    Experience of collaborative working across multi-professional teams
•    The ability to communicate well to a wide range of audiences using a range of presentation approaches
•    To have relevant IT skills
•    Ability to use initiative, prioritise and show a creative approach to problem solving
•    Project management experience
•    Clear knowledge of health and social care policy relating to health and health inequalities
•    Chairing and/or facilitating skills, including with members of the public (Desirable)

 

Attributes and Behaviours
•    The ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle difficult or sensitive situations
•    Be able to work flexibly with regard to hours of work including occasional evenings, and travel across the region

 

Qualifications
•    Educated to PhD level
•    Have a Masters degree in a relevant subject

 

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.

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.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 15527