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Research Assistant/Associate in Healthy Ageing

Requisition ID:  24744

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  23-Nov-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: £29,619 to £31,411 per annum

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


Closing Date: 15 December 2022


The Role 


This is an exciting opportunity to develop a programme of research in collaboration with academics at Newcastle University and the lead for Healthy Ageing and team within the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, Department of Health and Social Care. You will be the lead researcher on an academic – policy/practice partnership, based in the Population Health Sciences Institute.  You will have (or be developing) research excellence in the areas of healthy ageing, complex health needs and long-term conditions. Candidates with quantitative or qualitative research skills may apply, and applications from researchers with mixed methods experience are particularly welcome. You will play a key role in developing and delivering a research programme to address national public health priorities in ageing. This post offers a unique opportunity to help shape national policy and practice whilst developing a career in public health ageing research.  You will sit within the NIHR Policy Research Unit Older People and Frailty research team, at Newcastle University. 


You should have experience of conducting high quality applied public health, health or social care research. You will have (or be developing) research excellence in the areas of healthy ageing, complex health needs and long-term conditions. You must have the ability to present findings and prepare reports and papers for a range of audiences, including the public, local public health practitioners,  national policymakers and international academic journals and conferences. Successful candidates at research associate level and above will have a PhD in a relevant area, and experience with data analysis software packages. 


This post is fixed term for 24 months, available from January 2023. Any questions should be directed to  Professor Barbara Hanratty (Email


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.

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.


Interested candidates can find out more about the work on healthy ageing and emerging priorities by looking at the following resources:

Data sources  
Publications on healthy ageing
House of Lords Committee recommendations for healthy ageing


Key Accountabilities 

  • Develop a strong and constructive working relationship with the healthy ageing lead and team within the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (the former Health Inequalities and Life-Course team at Public Health England)
  • Take a leading role in the identification of research priorities, and agreeing a  programme of research with University and Healthy Ageing Team colleagues,.  This is expected to encompass evidence synthesis as well as secondary data analysis and some primary research
  • Assume responsibility for the conduct of agreed research, including data analysis, to ensure the aims and objectives of the programme are addressed
  • This will include
    • Drafting of accessible summaries for  different audiences, including the public, preparing reports for funders and peer reviewed publications, presenting data at group meetings and conferences, and preparing feedback for research participants.
    • Participating in appropriate public and patient involvement and engagement work, as required
    • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records to document the research progress. Report progress regularly
  • You will provide support to the Healthy Ageing Expert Advisory Group and Academic Sub Group (or equivalent group) when required, within the limits of their experience and competencies
  • Develop applications for external funding from prestigious funders, to develop the healthy ageing agenda
  • You will be expected to manage your own time and plan activities, to ensure that the broad, strategic aims of the role are being met.  You will need to work to tight deadlines and be extremely organised in delivering the programme of work. You will be supported to develop and manage the work, guided by the agreed research plan and time-table, and working closely with academic colleagues in the Population Health Sciences Institute
  • Within the confines of this appointment, you will be expected to identify and (with approval) undertake personal professional development
  • Prepare papers for publication, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Will need to work with the support staff and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the Institute
  • Develop an awareness of University structures, policies and procedures and relevant issues in the higher education, research, social and political environment

The Person 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Experience of conducting high quality research in an academic environment
  • Experience of applied public health, health or social care research
  • Knowledge of the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews
  • Evidence of skills in quantitative  AND/OR qualitative research methods. Applications from candidates with mixed methods experience are particularly welcome
  • Ability to carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice
  • Ability to work in teams, across disciplines 
  • Ability to prepare reports and papers for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings
  • Evidence of ability to write for high quality peer reviewed publications 
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant software data management packages


  • Knowledge of current challenges in public health ageing research
  • Experience of conducting research specifically to address public health questions 
  • Experience of research relevant to older adults and the ageing agenda
  • Experience of presenting findings at leading health, public health and social science conferences


Attributes and Behaviours

  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research team, developing constructive working relationships across different institutions/organisations in practice and policy
  • Ability to build internal and external contacts and participate in networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting demands
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to command the respect of established health professionals from a range of disciplines and specialities
  • Ability to develop an academic leadership role in healthy ageing research in the Population Health Sciences Institute 



  • A PhD in a relevant subject


  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in public health or a subject relevant to public health



The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24744