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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  15563

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  14-Jan-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.



Research Assistant : £28,756 - £30,497 per annum (pro-rata)
Research Associate : £31,406 - £40,927 per annum (pro-rata)


Closing Date: Thursday 4th February 2022


The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant/Associate to join an experienced research team within the Population Health Sciences Institute to work on a project aiming to understand co-occurring alcohol and mental health problems amongst older people, and develop holistic, age-tailored and integrated approaches in local primary care and community alcohol and mental health services.


This study consists of three work packages: a realist review to identify approaches to supporting older people with alcohol and mental health problems; a qualitative study consisting of in-depth interviews to understand the lived experience and support needs of older people with co-occurring alcohol and mental health problems; and a workshops with practitioners and patients to develop support for this patient group in primary care, alcohol and mental health services. 


This is a part time (0.6 FTE) post, fixed term for 12 months.


Further information can be obtained by contacting Beth Bareham (NIHR Fellow) via email:  beth.bareham@newcastle.ac.uk


The Population Health Sciences Institute is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students.  Applications for part time/flexible working will be considered; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.


Key Accountabilities

•    To contribute to recruitment of interview and workshop participants, through contact with relevant local NHS/third sector organisations.
•    To work to ensure projects are completed on time, to budget and that information is disseminated appropriately.
•    To contribute to organising and conducting face to face/phone interviews with older people with lived experience of co-occurring alcohol and mental health problems.
•    To contribute to organising and facilitating workshops with older people with co-occurring alcohol and mental health problems, and primary care, alcohol and mental health care providers to co-design services to support this patient group. 
•    To contribute to qualitative analysis of interview and workshop data, and service development
•    To undertake a realist review of interventions for older people with alcohol and mental health problems.
•    To contribute to the preparation of reports and papers for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings.
•    To draft papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals; to draft project summaries suitable for lay audiences.
•    To be aware of and comply with, research governance and data protection legislation; and to ensure that research activity, data collection and management comply with these demands. This includes following procedures in accordance with Good Clinical Practice guidelines when participants are not able to give informed consent.
•    To attend meetings and other events appropriate to the project and give progress reports as required.
•    To take an active role in disseminating the research findings to a wide range of audiences, including professionals, policy makers, third sector and lay people.
•    In collaboration with senior staff, to identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills.
•    To contribute to the development of the Ageing and Geroscience theme (FMS) as an active team member.
•    To contribute to activities associated with the running and administration of the Institute, or perform other duties as required by the Head of Academic Unit.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential)
•    Experience of conducting high quality research in applied health and/or social care
•    Experience of conducting sensitive interviews
•    Qualitative analysis skills
•    Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
•    Ability to prioritise key tasks
•    Ability to carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
•    Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
•    Evidence of ability to publish in high quality peer reviewed journals
•    Ability to present findings at leading health, public health, and social science conferences
•    IT literate


(Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Desirable)
•    Experience of intervention development 
•    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 research on methodological aspects of applied health research
•    Experience of work within a context of Public Involvement and Public Engagement (PPI/E)


Attributes and Behaviour (Essential)
•    Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice


Qualifications (Essential)
•    A first degree (2.1 or above) in a relevant discipline or relevant professional qualification (e.g., social work, nursing, midwifery)
•    PhD in a relevant subject (Research Associate level) or working towards/interested in a PhD (Research Assistant level)


Qualifications (Desirable)
•    Master’s in Health Services Research or related discipline
•    Evidence of knowledge of one or more of the following: medical sociology, ethnography, health psychology, applied health research
•    Driving licence and access to car for work purposes


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: 15563