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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  8181

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  16-Jun-2021


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: £28,331.00 - £40,322.00 per annum

Closing Date: 22 June 2021


The Role


The Population Health Sciences Institute seeks you to work as a researcher with quantitative research skills for this exciting opportunity. You will be based at Newcastle University and will lead on data analysis for a project investigating ambulance service contacts with care homes.  You will work closely with the local investigator Professor Barbara Hanratty and the research team who are drawn from northern universities.  This project is funded by HDRUK.


You will take a leading role in the study conduct, including the cleaning, management and analysis of quantitative data. You will also be expected to contribute to writing reports for funders, stakeholders and for journal publications, presenting data at meetings and conferences, and preparing feedback for participants.


You should have experience of conducting high quality applied health or social care research preferably involving analysis of real-world data. You must have the ability to prepare reports and papers for policy, international peer reviewed publication and presentation at national and international conferences and meetings. You will preferably hold a PhD with a significant quantitative or mixed methods component and relevant experience with suitable software packages.


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.


This is a full time (37 hours per week) fixed term post available for the duration of 18 months.


Any questions should be directed to  Professor Barbara Hanratty via email (Barbara.hanratty@newcastle.ac.uk)


Key Accountabilities


  • You will take a leading role in the study conduct, including data analysis, to ensure the aims and objectives of the study are addressed. 
    • Taking a lead role in data cleaning, management and analysis, writing up of data for reports to funder and peer reviewed publications, presenting data at group meetings and conferences, and preparing feedback for participants.
    • Participating in our public and patient involvement and engagement work.
    • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records to document the research progress. Report progress regularly to the local investigator and other members of the team.


  • Planning and Organising
    • You will be expected to manage their own time and plan activities, to ensure that the broad, strategic aims of the project are being met.  They will need to work to tight deadlines and be extremely organised in delivering the work. You will be supported to manage the work on a day-to-day basis, guided by the overall research plan and time-table, and working closely with Professor Barbara Hanratty at Newcastle University


  • Problem Solving:
    • Take the lead in resolving problems related to the day-to-day running of the project, with ready access to support from the rest of the research team.
    • Use initiative to analyse and interpret findings to the highest research standards, with the rest of the research team.
    • Use their initiative to help colleagues within research team.


  • Decision Making
    • You will be expected to make decisions about the day-to-day running of the work, in discussion with other members of the research team as required. You will meet every week with the study leads, to discuss progress and solve problems that arise.


  • Problem solving and data interpretation.
    • You will monitor overall timelines, changes of direction, response to serious and unexpected events, identifying the best way forward.


  • Personal Development
    • Within the confines of this short appointment, you will be expected to identify and (with approval) undertake personal professional development.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Experience of conducting high quality research in an academic environment
  • Experience of conducting applied health research preferably with real-world data
  • 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
  • Ability to present findings at leading health, public health and social science conferences
  • Evidence of skills in analysis of quantitative datasets
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant software data management packages


  • Experience of applied health or social care research
  • Experience of quantitative research


Attributes and Behaviours 


  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team that is set across multiple institutions
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • A willingness to seek help when unsure of next steps




  • A PhD in a relevant subject (Research Associate)
  • Good honours degree (or equivalent) with some subject knowledge in the relevant area (Research Assistant)


  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification




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.


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: 8181