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Research Assistant / Research Associate - Population Health and Health Improvement

Requisition ID:  21317
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  25-Jul-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.

 

Salary:

Research Assistant : £29,619 to £31,411 per annum

Research Associate : £32,348 to £34,308 per annum

 

Closing Date: 18 August 2022

 

The Role 

 

We are looking for two Research Assistants/Associates initially to support two workstreams: 1) the NIHR funded study “Can embedding the MapMe intervention, a tool to improve parental acknowledgement and understanding of childhood overweight and obesity, in the National Child Measurement Programme lead to improved child weight outcomes at one year?” and 2) a programme of work evaluating health behaviour change ‘prehabilitation’ programmes in people awaiting surgery.

 

You will be part of an extensive research team with the opportunity to work with families, local authorities, clinicians, voluntary sector organisations, and colleagues in Office of Health Improvement and Disparities.  You will have opportunity to become involved in other research for example with the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, NIHR School for Public Health Research and Fuse. You will be committed to developing a research career in population health and health improvement in the areas of childhood obesity prevention, healthy weight maintenance behaviours, health behaviour change, health services, or health psychology.  
 
You will be based within the Population Health Sciences Institute (PHSI) at Newcastle University and should have experience of carrying out good quality research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones, submitting ethics applications, and ideally some experience of working with families and children. Experience in a range of methodologies would also be beneficial including dietary intake assessment, measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour and qualitative data collection (interviews/focus groups) and analysis. 
 
The role will suit an individual who is planning to develop a career in translational Public Health Research with a specific focus on applied health research and population health improvement.  
 
Further details about the HNRC and PHSI can be found here (HNRC) and here (PHSI
 
Further details about the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, Fuse and NIHR School for Public Health Research can be found here.

 

Two full-time posts are available, fixed term until 31 August 2024 (fixed-term)

 

Interviews will be held on 09 September 2022.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Prof Ashley Adamson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition: Ashley.Adamson@newcastle.ac.uk; or Dr Mackenzie Fong Mackenzie.Fong@newcastle.ac.uk


The Population Health Sciences Institute is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion for all staff and students. Applications for part time/flexible working are welcome; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.
 

Key Accountabilities

  • Work with Profs Ashley Adamson and Eileen Kaner, Drs Laura Basterfield and Mackenzie Fong and other staff within the Human Nutrition Research Centre, Population Health Sciences Institute two studies: 1) the NIHR funded study entitled “Can embedding the MapMe intervention, a tool to improve parental acknowledgement and understanding of childhood overweight and obesity, in the National Child Measurement Programme lead to improved child weight outcomes at one year?”, and 2) a programme of work evaluating health behaviour change ‘prehabilitation’ programmes in people awaiting surgery  
  • Undertake fieldwork with children and their families throughout the north east region (MapMe study), and with patients awaiting surgery receiving prehabilitation programmes (prehabilitation study)
  • Work with local authority NCMP leads and Public Health England to support delivery and fidelity of the MapMe interventions
  • Collect objectively measured food intake and physical activity data from children recruited to the study
  • Maintain the study database with the project team, contribute to data entry and ensure quality control of data collected 
  • Conduct focus groups and interviews with parents and practitioners (MapMe study) and patients and clinicians (prehabilitation study)
  • Assist in activities involving the Parent Involvement Panel (PIP) which will be convened to provide input into the direction of the study, the methods used and dissemination
  • Assist with ethics and governance matters including completing ethics applications and study materials such as patient information sheets and consent forms (Prehabiliation study) 
  • Assist with analysis of both quantitative and qualitative (interviews/focus groups) data and dissemination of findings 
  • Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the project and give progress reports as required
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports and papers for presentation at local, national and international conferences and meetings
  • Be aware of and comply with, research governance and data protection legislation; and to ensure that research activity, data collection and management comply with these demands
  • Take opportunity and assist with other studies taking place in public health research and any other duties as required by the Principal Investigator
  • Contribute to activities associated with the running and administration of the Institute, or perform other duties as required by the Dean of the Institute


Research Assistant 

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Skills in conducting quantitative and qualitative research
  • Experience of carrying out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Literature searching skills
  • Ability to use initiative and prioritise tasks
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Ability to work with and help supervise students assisting with data collection
  • IT literate and ability to use Microsoft Office applications

Desirable

  • Analysis of quantitative data
  • Experience of processing and analysing dietary data
  • Experience of processing objectively measured physical activity data and analysis of outputs 
  • Analysis of qualitative data and experience of using a software package to support qualitative data management
  • Experience of research with children and their families 
  • Experience in health-related research
  • Demonstrated capacity for excellence in research and publication

 

Attributes/Behaviours – Essential

  • Excellent oral communication, writing and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work flexibly with regard to hours of work
  • Ability to work co-operatively with others as part of a multidisciplinary team, but also to work independently 
  • Willingness to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check 
  • Able to travel within the north east for fieldwork at study sites 

 

Attributes/Behaviours – Desirable

  • Excellent communication skills relevant to publication for academic, public and practitioner audiences (verbal and written)
  • Clean full driving licence 
  • Access to a car for work purposes

 

Qualifications 

  • A good first degree (minimum 2.1) in an appropriate discipline for example nutrition, psychology or health-related discipline

Desirable

  • Masters level qualification in a relevant field of research


Research Associate  

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Skills in conducting quantitative and qualitative research
  • Analysis of quantitative data
  • Experience in health-related research
  • Analysis of qualitative data and experience of using a software package to support qualitative data management
  • Experience of carrying out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Literature searching skills
  • Ability to use initiative and prioritise tasks
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Ability to work with and help supervise students assisting with data collection
  • IT literate and ability to use Microsoft Office applications
  • Demonstrated capacity for excellence in research and publication

Desirable

  • Experience of processing and analysing dietary data
  • Experience of processing objectively measured physical activity data and analysis of outputs 
  • Experience of research with children and their families 

 

Attributes/Behaviours 

  • Excellent oral communication, writing and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work flexibly with regard to hours of work
  • Ability to work co-operatively with others as part of a multidisciplinary team, but also to work independently 
  • Willingness to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check 
  • Able to travel within the north east for fieldwork at study sites 

Desirable

  • Excellent communication skills relevant to publication for academic, public and practitioner audiences (verbal and written)
  • Clean full driving licence 
  • Access to a car for work purposes

 

Qualifications 

  • A good first degree (minimum 2.1) in an appropriate discipline for example nutrition, psychology or health-related discipline
  • A PhD in a nutrition, obesity, health psychology, health services or other health-related discipline 
     

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: 21317