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Research Associate (Dietitian)

Requisition ID:  1397

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 


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: £30,942.00 - £32,817.00 

Closing Date: 11 February 2020


The Role


A qualified dietitian is required to fulfil a clinical and research role within two high profile clinical studies of weight loss for remission of type 2 diabetes: Firstly, the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) which is now in a longer term follow-up phase, where continued support and mentoring for Practice Nurses is required together with research data collection; Secondly the ongoing recruitment and supervision of participants in the ReTUNE study, which is evaluating weight loss  for remission of type 2 diabetes.  Training and mentoring in the study protocols and in use of low calorie diets for diabetes remission will be provided. There is the opportunity for secondment to this fixed term post for suitably qualified and experienced applicants. Continued Professional Development will be supported.


This is a full time, fixed term postition available until December 2021.


Further information can be obtained by contacting Prof Roy Taylor or Prof Ashley Adamson (via Sue.Bell@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 Accountabilties


Working closely with the study research administrator and with support from senior colleagues:


  • Work autonomously and flexibly to provide expert dietetic advice & support for primary care practices & staff delivering an established weight maintenance programme, with appropriate regard for demand on Primary Care (DiRECT).
  • Support research participants to undertake a very low calorie diet protocol for staged weight loss, with close supervision of weight change and other clinical parameters throughout, in order to meet defined study objectives and ensure participant safety (ReTUNE)
  • Conduct and manage elements of research as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with all key members of relevant research teams to deliver study protocols, addressing day to day management issues and seeking advice and support when required.
  • Carry out research data management including accurate collection and precise recording of outcome data at specified timepoints.
  • Maintain adequate written records and statistics of all assessments and interventions in line with local and national standards, ensuring that all records are stored securely.
  • Attend Trial Management Group meetings and other events as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the preparation of research papers for publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Present research findings at appropriate scientific and professional meetings.
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills.
  • Contribute to activities associated with the running and administration of the Institute, or perform other duties, as required by the Institute Director.

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Significant clinical experience including within the field of weight management and/or diabetes.
  • Ability to understand research objectives, including the effective planning of research tasks.
  • Ability to carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard.
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks and manage conflicting priorities.
  • Skills in patient-centred care, engendering and enhancing patient motivation to make and maintain positive dietary changes.
  • IT literate to include Microsoft Office suite and dietary analysis packages.
  • Knowledge of GDPR regulations and Information Governance.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to co-write (with senior colleagues) research papers to an appropriate standard.
  • Up to date knowledge of the evidence-base and guidelines relating to diabetes care and relevant dietetic approaches. (Desirable)
  • Experience of working in primary care. (Desirable)
  • Experience of training or teaching. (Desirable)
  • Clinical experience of very low calorie diet interventions. (Desirable)
  • Experience of research-focussed practice in career to date. (Desirable)
  • Experience of public speaking. (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills, with experience of multidisciplinary team working.
  • Ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with others, but also to work independently.
  • Ability to work under direction and practice within the boundaries of the role.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage challenging situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Valid UK driving licence and access to a vehicle for business purposes.
  • Ability for independent thought to generate solutions to problems. (Desirable)




  • First degree in Dietetics or related discipline with Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics.
  • Registered Dietitian (Registered with HCPC).
  • PhD in relevant subject area or equivalent in professional qualifications/experience.



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.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


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.


Requisition ID: 1397