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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  11523

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  13-Sep-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.



Research Assistant: £28,746 - £29,614, per annum

Research Associate: £31,406 - £33,309, per annum


Closing Date: 4th October 2021


The Role


Population Health Sciences Institute (PHSI), Newcastle University is working with the University of Southampton on an NIHR Applied Research Collaboration funded study to evaluate Cautioning And Relationship Abuse (‘CARA’) awareness raising workshops for first time offenders of domestic violence and abuse. The evaluation is a mixed method project which includes a quasi-experimental study of the effects of CARA upon reoffending rates and a linked qualitative study. This is an exciting opportunity for a proactive researcher to work on the qualitative study as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


You will be committed to developing a research career in the areas of applied public health, health inequalities or an associated area.  You should have experience of carrying out good quality research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and ideally some experience of working with the criminal justice system and / or marginalised communities. Experience in a range of methodologies would also be beneficial including qualitative methods, literature reviewing and evidence synthesis and public involvement, engagement and/or participatory methods.


The post will suit an individual who is planning to develop a career in Public Health Research with a specific focus on health inequalities and marginalised communities.  


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.


Further details about PHSI can be found here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/research/institutes/health-sciences/ 


This position is fixed term for 2 years.


Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr Steph Scott (via steph.scott@ncl.ac.uk). 

Key Accountabilities


•    Undertake a series of in-depth one-to-one qualitative interviews (e.g. with offender, victim/survivor and relevant professionals) and group interviews
•    Complete analysis of qualitative data
•    Conduct a systematic literature and evidence synthesis
•    Prepare application for ethical review of the project and associated documents
•    To contribute to the day to day running of the project
•    Ensure that research activity and any data collection is consistent with current research governance instructions and Data Protection legislation
•    Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the programme of work
•    Prepare papers for publication in high quality peer reviewed journals, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
•    Carry out high quality applied health research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
•    Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills
•    To contribute to the activities of relevant research infrastructures regionally and nationally
•    Work with relevant stakeholders including members of the public to ensure research is relevant to their needs
•    Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the Lead and Deputy Lead of the programme
•    To contribute towards reporting activities for the Consortium Management Group

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Experience of conducting high quality research with a vulnerable population (e.g. youth offenders, looked after children, troubled families, homeless)
•    Experience of qualitative data collection and analysis
•    Evidence of ability to publish in high quality peer reviewed journals
•    Ability to present findings at leading health, public health and social science conferences
•    Ability to work flexibly and contribute to team efficiency through sharing information and constructively supporting others

•    Experience of systematic literature reviewing
•    Evidence of skills in using relevant data analysis software packages
•    Experience of preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (e.g. NIHR, research councils)
•    Experience of work within a context of Public Involvement and Public Engagement (PPI/E)


Attributes and Behaviour

•    Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team 
•    Able to effectively organise allocated work activities
•    Ability to demonstrate resilience in dealing with challenging environments and behaviours
•    Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice
•    Ability to carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard 


•    PhD in a relevant subject such as Social Sciences (e.g. Criminology, Psychology, Social Care), Public Health, or a closely related field (or soon to be awarded a PhD for Research Assistant level)

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.


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.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 11523