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Research Associate - National Institute for Health Research funded ADEPT

Requisition ID:  5190

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
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 - £40,322 per annum, pro rata 


Closing Date: 6 November 2020

The Role


This is a four-year Research Associate role to work on the National Institute for Health Research funded ADEPT (Using complexity science and digital technology to improve co-morbid Alcohol use disorder and DEpression Prevention and Treatment) study. ADEPT aims to use complex systems approaches to better understand the challenges experienced by patients with co-occurring heavy drinking and depression, and their service providers, using the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (NENC ICS) as a case study area. You will be required to work closely with the study Principal Investigator (Dr Amy O’Donnell) over the lifetime of the research on the following interlinked phases of work: 1) Design, implementation and analysis of survey across North East and North Cumbria using social network analysis methods; 2) Design, delivery and analysis of qualitative interviews with users and providers of services for alcohol misuse and mental health; 3) Design and development of a digital tool to support patients to navigate services & support for heavy drinking and depression; and 4) Pilot feasibility study to evaluate use of the tool in primary care. The post includes a small training budget for study-related personal development.


This will require ongoing engagement with a range of individuals who have multiple complex needs including substance use and mental ill-health. It is therefore essential that the appointed individual can demonstrate experience in and understanding of the sensitivities and challenges that may be presented during the course of this study and related PPIE activities.


The role is is fixed term on a full-time basis until 30th November 2021 and thereafter at 0.75 FTE to 30th August 2024, with the opportunity to increase to full-time depending on identification of suitable external funding.


Further information can be obtained by contacting the study Principal Investigator, Dr Amy O’Donnell amy.odonnell@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 Accountabilities


  • Design, administer and descriptively analyse a survey of support services for heavy drinking and mental ill-health across an Integrated Care System
  • Undertake a series of in-depth one-to-one qualitative interviews with users and providers of services for heavy drinking and mental ill-health, and carryout appropriate data analysis
  • Work with service users and providers to co-produce a digital tool to support patients to navigate services for co-occurring heavy drinking and mental ill-health
  • Support the implementation of a pilot feasibility study to evaluate use of the tool in primary health care
  • Ensure all research is carried out within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to a high quality standard
  • 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
  • Identify and undertake relevant professional development, including further training in research methods as required
  • 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 Principle Investigator


The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Experience of conducting qualitative research work in the areas of substance use and/or mental health
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a range of health, social care and third sector settings and situations, and with people who have multiple complex needs
  • Ability to carry out high quality research project work within agreed timelines and meeting project milestones
  • Evidence of ability to publish in high quality peer reviewed journals
  • Ability to present findings at relevant national and international conferences
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant data analysis software packages
  • Experience of designing and analysing surveys using statistical research techniques (Desirable)
  • Evidence of a good understanding and/or experience of complex intervention development (Desirable)
  • Experience of preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (Desirable)
  • Experience of Public Involvement and/or Public Engagement (PPI/E) in research work (Desirable)
  • Demonstrable experience in one or more of the following research fields: complex systems approaches; novel and integrated models of care; digital health; person-based/co-production approaches (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviours 


  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to GDPR requirements
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively in a team with others




  • PhD in a relevant subject 
  • A master’s degree or equivalent qualification (Desirable)


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.


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.


Requisition ID: 5190