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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  1255

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  25-Nov-2019

Research Assistant/Associate

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: £28,331 - £36,914

Closing Date: 2 January 2020


The Role

Applications are invited from a highly motivated Research Assistant/Associate with experience in epidemiology, statistics or health information to join the Children and Families research theme, in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University. The successful applicant will work on a PHE/NCARDRS post led by Prof Judith Rankin. The postholder will work on a range of research studies in congenital anomaly and rare disease epidemiology. Amongst other duties you will undertake analysis of existing data, contribute to the development of new projects, critical review of research literature, deliver training to register staff, writing for publication and presentation of results at meetings and conferences and supervision of student projects.


The post offers an excellent opportunity to gain experience in an active research environment and to contribute to an established research programme. The successful candidate will be supported to develop applications for further personal or project funding, and if appropriate, to develop work for a higher research degree.


You will be self-motivated, have excellent communication and writing skills, and a demonstrated commitment to a research career.


This full-time post is available immediately for 36 months.


Candidates should tailor their application according to the level of post they are applying for; an MSc in medical statistics, epidemiology or health information is essential at Assistant level, a PhD in medical statistics, epidemiology or health information (or equivalent experience) will be strongly encouraged for appointment at Associate level.


Successful candidates will be appointed to a suitable point on the common pay scale according to qualifications and experience.


Further information can be obtained by contacting Prof. Judith Rankin (judith.rankin@ncl.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.


The Institute is part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences which holds a Silver Athena SWAN award.


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, 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.


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.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Key Accountabilities 

  • Undertake analysis of existing register data on congenital anomalies and rare diseases
  • Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
  • Contribute to the development of new projects
  • Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the projects
  • Deliver training on analytical approaches to register staff
  • Prepare papers for publication, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Support supervision of undergraduate and masters student dissertations
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills.
  • Contribute to the activities of the Children and Families research theme at Newcastle University


The Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential)

  • Experience of accessing, managing and interpreting patient level data sets
  • Working knowledge of statistical software
  • Experience of delivering training in analytical approaches to other people
  • Skills in critical appraisal, data analysis, statistics and interpretation.
  • Ability to work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail, whilst meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships, with a range of colleagues and stakeholders at all levels of seniority
  • Ability to adhere to strict observation of data governance issues and data protection legislation
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to translate ideas into action
  • Ability to contribute to the development of presentations and peer reviewed publications
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Knowledge and experience of working with large quantitative datasets
  • Knowledge and experience of working with large quantitative datasets

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Commitment to the University’s research strategy and mission
  • Commitment to own personal development
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, equality, diversity and inclusion and good working relationships


  • Experience of small number statistical methodology
  • Experience of spatial statistical methodology and disease surveillance methods
  • Knowledge of disease registration, specifically in relation to rare diseases and congenital anomalies and routinely collected healthcare datasets
  • Experience of supervising student projects



Higher degree and/or qualification related to epidemiology, health information or statistics (Essential for Associate, Desirable for Assistant)

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff 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.


Requisition ID: 1255