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Research Assistant / Associate

Requisition ID:  19821

Newcastle, GB

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


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

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.



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

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


Closing Date: 8 June 2022


The Role


This is an exciting opportunity for motivated and productive researchers to join a research programme around homelessness, multiple disadvantage, oral health and ageing; including, but not limited to work on a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme project identifying effective and sustainable interventions to improve the oral health and related behaviours for people with severe and multiple disadvantage and a NIHR Public Health Policy Research Unit project on evaluating worked well and less well for improving physical and mental health outcomes, including substance misuse, from implementing the ‘Everyone In’ initiative to provide housing accommodation to people sleeping rough during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


This unique opportunity to join a programme of work will involve secondary data analysis, evidence synthesis, primary research, paper writing, and developing policy-relevant forms of dissemination. We are particularly keen to recruit someone who can lead and support analysis, academic paper writing, and other forms of dissemination. One of the posts will focus on quantitative methods and statistical analyses using epidemiological cohort studies examining questions related to health inequalities in later life. While the other will have a greater focus on qualitative methods (analysis and data collection) and knowledge translation.  Applicants should clarify in the covering letter which post they are interested in and their relevant experience of research methods. Researchers with mixed methods experience are welcome to apply. Research projects are being undertaken in collaboration with practice partners (such as Groundswell), other academic institutions, and policy-makers. 


You will have either recently completed a PhD (Research Associate only) or relevant qualifications/experience (Research Assistant), in the field of public health, implementation science, or health services research and have experience publishing high-impact peer-reviewed articles. Your required skills are; qualitative methods (data collection and analysis), AND/OR quantitative methods, evidence synthesis, writing for scientific journals, communicating findings to policy-makers, and public engagement.


You will work closely with the programme leadership team (Dr Sheena Ramsay, Emma Adams, and Professor Eileen Kaner), other team members, and contribute to the management of the wider programme of work and support the planning and coordination of activities.


Find out more about the Faculty of Medical Sciences here.
Find out more about our Research Institutes here.
As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, 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. 


Three fixed term posts are available full-time (or part-time) from 12 months for up to 24 months.


For informal enquiries contact: Sheena Ramsay Or Emma Adams


Key Accountabilities
•    Collaborate with all members of the research team to deliver on the study protocols
•    Undertake planning, conducting and analysis of qualitative data (e.g. interviews, focus group discussions)
•    Candidates with quantitative experience will undertake statistical analysis and data management of epidemiological cohort studies
•    Drafting accessible summaries for different audiences, including the public and practice partners and policy-makers, preparing reports for funders, and preparing feedback for research participants
•    Prepare papers for peer-reviewed publications, present findings at group meetings and conferences
•    Prepare research and dissemination activities (e.g. workshops) with collaborators and stakeholders
•    Carry out evidence review (systematic review including published and grey literature) and synthesis
•    Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
•    Undertake Patient and Public Involvement, particularly with people with experience of homelessness
•    Secure ethical and R&D approvals Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the project
•    Contribute to the development of new projects arising from this work
•    Contribute to the wider activities related to this programme of work on the health marginalised populations
•    Support the wider collaboration with partners and external stakeholders
•    Support supervision of master’s student dissertations
•    Wider contribution to the Institute and take on tasks as requested by the Dean


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team
•    Evidence of writing for peer-reviewed publications 
•    Evidence of preparing and presenting research findings at conferences
•    Ability to prepare reports and papers for meetings
•    Evidence of skills in quantitative AND/OR qualitative research methods, including data collection and analysis. 
•    Experience of managing, analysing and curating research datasets is necessary; for example, longitudinal studies or similar quantitative healthcare data sources for quantitative methods, and multi-site recruitment for interviews or focus groups for qualitative methods
•    Applications from candidates with mixed methods experience are welcome
•    Evidence of skills in using relevant software data management packages (for e.g. SAS or Stata for quantitative methods; NVivo for qualitative methods)
•    Knowledge and experience of undertaking evidence synthesis and systematic reviews
•    Ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
•    Interest in health inequalities, ideally related to homelessness, marginalised populations or ageing 
•    Experience of applied public health, health or social care research
•    Ability and experience of public/patient involvement and engagement

•    Experience of supporting the preparation of research proposals to help secure future grant income 


Attributes and Behaviour
•    Ability to prioritise key tasks
•    Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to meet deadlines and to manage priorities
•    Ability to command the respect of collaborators from a range of disciplines and specialities (e.g. health, social care, voluntary sector)
•    Ability to build internal and external contacts and participate in networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for productive collaboration
•    Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality


•    A PhD (Essential for Research Associate only) or higher degree and/or qualification related to public health, epidemiology or applied health research, or equivalent experience


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: 19821