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Research Assistant / Research Associate - Qualitative Research

Requisition ID:  20321
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  31-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.

 

Salary:

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

Research Associate : £31,406 to £33,309

 

Closing Date: 30 June 2022

 

The Role

 

We are looking to appoint a researcher with qualitative methods skills, to support two ongoing research studies at the Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University. 

 

The first project is the NIHR Three Schools Mental Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (MPHES) funded Evaluation of the Recovery Navigator programme across six Hospital Trusts in North East England.  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 an integral part of the ‘Recovery Navigator’ evaluation team and will be expected to conduct high quality applied research to understand staff and patient views and experiences of the initiative, including its impact on their health and mental well-being. 

 

The second project is the EXCELSIA Study which aims to explore the experiences of children, young people and their families accessing hospital treatment in the context of a potentially life-threatening condition. 

 

You will work closely with the lead researcher and their wider team whilst contributing to the qualitative data collection and data analysis.

 

This role is available for 12 months and applications for both part time and full time working hours are welcome

 

For enquiries specific to the EXCELSIA study, please contact Julie.Guest@ncl.ac.uk  For further information about the Recovery Navigator programme and any other general enquiries, please contact Amy.O'Donnell@ncl.ac.uk

 

Research Assistant 

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Help plan and conduct the research, supported by senior team members
  • Undertake in-depth qualitative research with practitioners and people supported by the recovery navigators, and with children, young people and their families accessing hospital treatment for a life-threatening condition
  • Work collaboratively with other partners and stakeholders within and connected to the project group
  • Support public involvement activity in the project
  • Document research output, including, analysis and interpretation of data, maintaining records, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate
  • 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 
  • Be aware of, and comply with, current data protection legislation regarding data collection, analysis, reporting and storage. 
  • Any other relevant activities required by the Principle Investigators

 

The Person

 

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
  • The ability to communicate to a range of audiences using a range of presentation approaches
  • To have relevant IT skills

Desirable

  • An understanding of the importance of public involvement and engagement in research
  • Knowledge of health and social care policy relating to the UK 

 

Attributes and Behaviours 

  • Evidence of ability to work independently and with others in a team
  • The ability 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 and occasionally outside the region

 

Qualifications

  • Educated to Master’s level

Desirable

  • Be motivated to register and achieve a PhD 

 

 

Research Associate 

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Take a leading role in the planning and conducting of research, in dialogue with senior team members
  • Lead in-depth qualitative work with practitioners and people supported by the recovery navigators, and with children, young people and their families accessing hospital treatment for a life-threatening condition.
  • Work collaboratively with partners within and connected to the project group
  • Lead high quality public involvement work for the project
  • Document research output, including, analysis and interpretation of data, maintaining records, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate
  • Produce high quality outputs from research activity including (but not limited to) publications for peer reviewed journals, publicity materials and reports, website content 
  • Ensure compliance with current data protection legislation encompassing data collection, analysis, reporting and archiving processes
  • Any other relevant activities required by the Principal Investigators

 

The Person 

 

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
  • 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
  • Project management experience
  • Clear knowledge of health and social care policy relating to health and health inequalities

Desirable

  • Chairing and/or facilitating skills, including with members of the public (Desirable)

 

Attributes and Behaviours

  • Evidence of ability to work independently and co-operatively with others
  • Be able to work flexibly with regard to hours of work including occasional evenings, and travel across and occasionally outside the region
  • Ability to use initiative, prioritise and show a creative approach to problem solving

 

Qualifications

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

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: 20321