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Research Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Associate

Requisition ID:  24243
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  16-Nov-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.

 

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

 

Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

 

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.

 

Salary

Research Assistant: £29,619 to £31,411 per annum

Research Associate: £32,348 to £42,155 per annum

Senior Research Associate: £43,414 per annum

 

Closing Date: 01 December 2022

 

The Role

 

The Population Health Sciences Institute seeks an ambitious ageing researcher. This exciting opportunity would suit an enthusiastic post-doc with strong research skills (mixed methods or quantitative or evidence synthesis).  You will be based at Newcastle University and will contribute to a programme of research to support policymakers in the Department of Health and Social Care.  You will sit within the NIHR Policy Research Unit Older People and Frailty research team, and work closely with local investigators (Barbara Hanratty, Fiona Matthews, Katie Brittain,  Andrew Kingston, Dawn Craig, Miles Witham, Louise Robinson). 

 

You should have experience of conducting research relevant to the health, wellbeing and/or care of older adults with a track record in one or more areas of quantitative, mixed or evidence synthesis research methods. You must have the ability to present findings and prepare reports and papers for a range of audiences, including the public, national policymakers and international academic journals and conferences. Successful candidates at Research Associate / Senior Research Associate will have a PhD in a relevant area, and experience with relevant software packages (E.g. R, STATA or NVivo). 

 

The post is available for an immediate start until December 31st 2023. Any questions should be directed to  Professors Barbara Hanratty or Fiona Matthews or Katie Brittain (Email c/o anosua.mitra@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.

 

Find out more about the Faculty of Medical Sciences here.

Find out more about our Research Institutes here.

 

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


Research Assistant/Associate

 

Key Accountabilities
•    Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard 
•    Undertake research within defined area of expertise (e.g. epidemiology and statistics and/or mixed/qualitative methods and/or evidence synthesis). You will be required to contribute to all aspects of the work, from the development of protocols through to production of the final report/paper
•    Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the projects
•    Prepare papers for publication, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
•    Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding 
•    Begin to write, with appropriate support, proposals for individual research funding or, where funders do not permit this, contribute to the writing of collective bids
•    Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
•    May be involved in the supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate research projects and in providing support to postgraduate research students or Research Assistants 
•    Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills.
•    To contribute to the activities of the Policy Research Unit Older People and Frailty at Newcastle University
•    Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the Policy Research Unit Older People and Frailty within the Population Health Sciences Institute as required. 
•    Will need to work with the support staff and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the Institute.
•    May contribute to events celebrating the public engagement of science/social sciences/humanities
•    Develop an awareness of University structures, policies and procedures and relevant issues in the higher education, research, social and political environment


The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•    Experience of conducting research in an academic environment  
•    Knowledge and experience of appropriate research methods for collection and /or analysis of data. This should include at least one of the following, relevant to health and wellbeing of older adults and/or health/social care settings: 
     a) awareness of appropriate statistical techniques for analysis of a range of data sources, including longitudinal studies, OR 
     b) experience of qualitative research and mixed methods, OR 
     c) expertise in evidence synthesis approaches
•    Expertise in one or more software packages to support data analysis, appropriate to methods (e.g. STATA, SAS, R, NVivo, EPPI-Reviewer)
•    Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
•    Ability to prioritise key tasks
•    Demonstrable ability to work in a range of education settings and situations
•    Experience of the ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard 
•    Evidence of potential to write for peer reviewed publications and present findings at conferences
•    Commitment to own personal development

Desirable
•    Experience of preparing research proposals and securing grant income

 

Attributes and Behaviours
•    Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting priorities
•    Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others and maintain confidentiality

 

Qualifications
•    For appointment at research associate level, a PhD in a subject relevant to the health, wellbeing and care of older adults, e.g. epidemiology, statistics, public health, social gerontology or a closely related subject 
•    For appointment at research assistant level, first and masters degrees in a subject relevant to the health, wellbeing and care of older adults, e.g. epidemiology, statistics, public health, social gerontology or a closely related subject 
•    Demonstrable training in quantitative and/or qualitative + mixed and/or evidence synthesis methods relevant to ageing.

 

Senior Research Associate

 

Key Accountabilities
•    Undertake agreed research projects within defined timescales, to meet the requirements of the Policy Research Unit. Working with the Newcastle PRU team, you may be required to undertake any/all aspects of a project, e.g. from the development of protocols to identifying/obtaining relevant data, selecting appropriate analytical approach, undertaking analysis and production of the final report/paper
•    Show commitment to high quality research with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
•    Maintain confidentiality during research process as required by the funder and respect the requirements of the funder with respect to dissemination
•    Lead and participate in relevant public and patient engagement activities relevant to the work programme of the Policy Research Unit
•    Publish in peer reviewed journals and present findings at conferences nationally and internationally, with the agreement of the funder
•    Prepare bids for submission to prestigious funders
•    Undertake occasional topic/methodological teaching in older people and frailty related research on the Population Health Sciences and Faculty of Medical Science postgraduate and undergraduate courses as required 
•    At SRA level, monitor workload and supervise junior staff who may be working on several projects
•    Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills
•    To contribute to the wider activities of the Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit as part of the Ageing and Gerosciences Research Theme at Newcastle University
•    Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the Policy Research Unit within the Institute as required
•    Show academic leadership in older people and frailty research in the Population Health Sciences Institute 

 

The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•    Significant experience of conducting research in an academic environment  
•    An ability to select appropriate methods to address specific questions, detailed knowledge of the appropriate techniques for data collection and/or analysis, awareness of the challenges and pitfalls of different approaches
•    High level expertise in one or more software packages relevant to your methodological expertise (e.g. STATA, SAS, R, NVivo)
•    Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
•    Ability to prioritise key tasks
•    Ability to command the respect of a policy audience and established health and social care professionals and leaders from a range of disciplines and specialities
•    Ability to work in teams, across disciplines
•    Ability to prepare reports and papers for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings
•    Experience of the ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard 
•    Experience of assisting in preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (e.g. NIHR, research councils)
•    Experience of quantitative or qualitative or evidence synthesis research and research methodology
•    Experience of critical appraisal of research
•    Evidence of ability to write for peer reviewed publications
•    Ability to present findings at conferences 
•    Experience of supervising less experienced staff 

Desirable
•    Supervision of postgraduate students 
•    Teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level in an academic setting


Attributes and Behaviours
•    Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting priorities
•    Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality
•    Commitment to own personal development


Qualifications
•    A PhD in a subject relevant to the health, wellbeing and care of older adults, e.g. epidemiology, statistics, public health, social gerontology or a closely related subject (or MSc with substantial work experience in related field)
•    Demonstrable training in quantitative and/or qualitative + mixed and/or evidence synthesis methods relevant to ageing

 

 

 

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

 

Requisition ID: 24243