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Research Associate (Programme Coordinator)

Requisition ID:  8723

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  02-Jun-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: £30,942.00 - £40,322 per annum

Closing Date: Monday 28 June 2021



The Role 


We are looking for a post doctoral researcher to co-ordinate the set-up and delivery of a research programme, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), to develop and test a patient-centred, evidence- and theory-based intervention to support adherence to hormone therapy in women with breast cancer. The programme is being jointly by Newcastle University and Oxford Brookes University. 


The role will include developing procedures for recruiting patients and health professional participants; arranging co-design workshops; contributing to pre-testing the prototype intervention and developing the intervention manual; setting up hospital sites taking part in the feasibility study; preparing ethical and HRA applications; supporting PPI and stakeholder engagement; and monitoring progress and budgets.


The post is availabe until mid-July 2023 in the first instance, with possible extension for a further 42 months.


For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Linda Sharp (Linda.Sharp@ncl.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

1.    Co-ordinate the delivery of the programme on a day-to-day basis
2.    Develop effective working relationships with other programme staff (including post-doctoral researchers in Oxford Brookes University and University College London and Warwick Clinical Trials Unit), the investigators, collaborators and the sponsor
3.    Prepare ethical applications and associated documentation
4.    Liaise with clinical sites over set-up and R&D approvals
5.    Assist the co-principal investigators in (i) monitoring progress of the programme against objectives and targets; (ii) financial monitoring; and (iii) preparing funder and other reports
6.    Working closely with other programme staff, contribute to fieldwork (e.g. co-design workshops, intervention pre-testing activities, patient recruitment to feasibility study, process evaluation) throughout the programme
7.    Develop programme website and ensure it remains up to date
8.    Organise programme management, and other relevant, meetings
9.    Assist with co-ordination of stakeholder engagement across the programme 
10.    Enagage in, and support, PPI activities throughout the programme
11.    Present scientific work at internal and external meetings and conferences
12.    Contribute to drafting scientific papers 
13.    Assist with, or lead in, writing related funding applications
14.    Participate in activities of the Population Health Research Institute, the Applied Cancer Therapeutics & Outcomes research theme and the Newcastle University Centre for Cancer
15.    Contribute to the supervision of undergraduate and post-graduate projects/dissertations
16.    Other reasonable duties as required 

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•    Significant post-doctoral health research experience
•    Experience of co-ordinating multi-disciplinary or multi-centre teams
•    Proven organisational skills
•    Strong administrative skills
•    Excellent written and spoken communication skills
•    Experience of setting-up clinical sites and obtaining R&D and NHS ethical approvals
•    Experience of recruiting research participants
•    Track record of presenting at conferences and published papers (appropriate for career stage)
•    Experience of working with healthcare professionals to support recruitment to research studies (Desirable)
•    Experience of setting up and delivering randomised controlled trials (Desirable)
•    Experience of qualitative data collection and analysis (Desirable)
•    Experience of quantitative data collection and/or statistical analysis (Desirable)
•    Knowledge of cancer survivorship research (Desirable)
•    Experience of involvement in PPI activities and/or stakeholder engagement (Desirable)
•    Experience of setting-up or maintaining a project website (Desirable)
•    Good working knowledge of GDP (Desirable)
•    Experience of writing grant applications (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviours
•    Ability to take initiative and be pro-active as well as working as a supportive and collaborative team member
•    Ability and willingness to work flexible hours to fit around patients’, and health professionals’ needs and preferences
•    Ability and willingness to travel locally and within UK (e.g. for site set-up, fieldwork, programme meetings)
•    Current driving licence (Desirable)


•    PhD in health sciences, epidemiology, public health, psychology, social sciences or a related field


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: 8723