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Research Associate - Public Health

Requisition ID:  15486

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-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.


Salary: £31,406.00 - £33,309.00 (with progression to £40,927.00). per annum

Closing Date: 04 February 2022


The Role


This is an exciting opportunity for a post-doctoral Research Associate to work with an NIHR Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) academic work programme and a wide range of policy and practice partner organisations in the field of public health.  We are currently one of four national PHIRST academic teams who are working with local authorities to co-produce research on public health impacts of initiatives. We are fully funded to co-design and undertake robust research in partnership with local authorities, further information can be found here and here.


The post holders will be contracted with Newcastle University with an option of being seconded to one of the other PHIRST partner Universities (Queen’s University Belfast, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Sheffield University, Teesside University).  They will work across Local Government on selected intervention evaluations, which have been approved as eligible projects by the NIHR PHR programme and the PHIRST senior management team.


Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline and substantial, relevant experience in public health research or evaluation; Knowledge and experience of work in or with local government and have strong quantitative and/or qualitative research skills.


You will have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and the ability to build effective relationships with a range of different stakeholders and at different levels.   You will also have strong project management and organisational skills.


The post is full-time although we will consider applications for part-time, fixed term and is available from early 2022 for a duration of 18 months in the first instance.  The closing date for applications is Friday 4th February 2022.  


Further information can be obtained by contacting Mrs Laura Ritson (laura.ritson@ncl.ac.uk), PHIRST Programme Manager.


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

1.    To undertake literature reviewing and synthesise relevant literature throughout the projects.
2.    Attend and contribute to regular meetings and workshops/events appropriate to the projects.
3.    Collaborate with all members of the research team to develop and deliver evaluation protocols, in collaboration with the Local Authority following the Evaluability Assessment workshops.
4.    Assist with necessary ethical approval, R&D and research registry registrations for the projects.
5.    To conduct and/or analyse quantitative and/or qualitative data collection in line with methodologies set out within specific research evaluations.
6.    Observe the confidentiality of participant information at all times, in accordance with the Data Protection Act and to ensure that all study documentation is kept in a clearly trackable system and is stored confidentially.
7.    To liaise with the broader evaluation/project team, including Local authority stakeholders to ensure effective delivery of the evaluation.
8.    Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard.
9.    To provide feedback to Principal Investigators and Programme Manager regarding delivery progress.
10.    To produce interim progress reports and a final report/other outputs on the evaluation, working collaboratively with the PHIRST Team and Local Authority partners ensuring due diligence to project governance requirements.
11.    Prepare papers for publication, and disseminate findings at conferences as required.
12.    Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills.
13.    To carry out other duties as may be designated by the PHIRST Senior Management Group.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Knowledge/overview of public health context and practices.
•    Knowledge and experience of work in or with local government.
•    Substantial, relevant experience in public health research or evaluation, and its translation into effective policy and practice.
•    Familiarity with range of research designs.
•    Knowledge and experience of working with large quantitative datasets.
•    Experience of qualitative research with participants from a wide range of backgrounds and on sensitive topics.
•    Strong project management and organisational skills.
•    Ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard. 
•    IT literate across a wide range of applications, preferably with specialist skills in areas of direct relevance to the role.
•    Evidence of potential to write for peer reviewed publications. 
•    Evidence of presenting research findings at conferences.
•    Experience of Local Authority and NHS research governance procedures (Desirable).


Attributes and Behaviour
•    Ability to work flexibly and independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team.
•    Able to build effective relationships with a range of different stakeholders at different levels and work as part of a team (humility and awareness).
•    Able to work transparent and be rigorous with a focus on pragmatic action. 
•    Have the ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects.
•    Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
•    Ability to meet deadlines and to manage priorities.
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality.
•    Able to travel regularly within the northeast of England and occasionally elsewhere in the UK.


•    A PhD related to public health using quantitative and/or qualitative research methods or A PhD related to public health with equivalent quantitative and/or qualitative research experience.


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: 15486