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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  9735

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  19-Jul-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:  Research Assistant: £28,331 - £30,046  per annum, pro rata

Salary:  Research Associate: £30,942 - £32,817 with progression to £40,322 per annum, pro rata

Closing Date: 2 August 2021


The Role


Newcastle University has partnered with the new Integrated COVID Hub North East (@CovidhubNE) which draws together local and regional NHS, Public Health and councils to provide regional public health co-ordination and response control centre for COVID across the North East. We need statisticians, epidemiologists, data scientists, data visualisation experts, computer scientists,  or dashboard generators to undertake a variety of analytics either as full time or part time. Skills required are varied but experts in (one of and not limited to) PowerBi, ArcGIS, R, Python, Sparc, Stata, data dashboards are now needed. 


You will join the analytics team in the analysis of routine data from across the North East. You will also be expected to contribute to writing reports for stakeholders, presenting data at local meetings. 


You should have experience of conducting high quality applied health research preferably involving analysis of real-world data. You must have the ability to prepare reports for policy, and presentation at meetings.  For position as Research Associate you will hold a PhD with a significant quantitative or computing component and relevant experience with suitable software packages. 


Applicants will need an honorary NHS Contract prior to starting the contract.


There are 3, fixed term until 31 March 2022 posts which are full-time but part time applications will be considered. 


Any questions should be directed to  Professor Fiona Matthews (Fiona.matthews@newcastle.ac.uk) or Dr Claire Welsh (Claire.welsh@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 


  • You will take a role in data analysis and data visualisation of all aspects of COVID modelling for the region
  • Undertaking data cleaning, management and analysis, writing up of data for reports, presenting data at group meetings, and preparing feedback for stakeholders
  • Planning and Organising - You will be expected to manage your own time and plan activities, to ensure that the broad, strategic aims are being met
  • You will need to work to tight deadlines, flexible needs and be extremely organised in delivering the work
  • You will be supported to manage the work on a day-to-day basis, and working closely with Professor Fiona Matthews, and Dr Claire Welsh at Newcastle University
  • Problem Solving – You will use initiative to analyse and interpret findings to the highest research standards, with the rest of the research team
  • You will use your 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 twice a week with the Analytics team 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 analysis within agreed timelines, producing outputs to an appropriate standard
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect 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 
  • Ability to present findings to stakeholders and local groups
  • Evidence of skills in analysis/data visualisation of quantitative datasets
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant software 
  • Experience of routine health data (Desirable)
  • Experience of quantitative research (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviors


  • Ability to work independently and as part of the analytics team 
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  •  willingness to seek help when unsure of next steps




  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification (Research Assistant) 
  • A PhD in a relevant subject (Research Associate)    




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: 9735