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Research Associate - Public Health

Requisition ID:  24743
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  23-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: £32,348 to £42,155 per annum

 

Closing Date: 07 December 2022

 

The Role

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced post-doctoral Research Associate for this exciting opportunity to support a Public Health Intervention Responsive Study Team (PHIRST), funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Public Health Research (PHR) Programme, working on selected intervention evaluations, which have been approved as eligible projects by the NIHR PHR programme and the PHIRST senior management team.  

 

You will undertake literature reviewing and synthesise relevant literature throughout the projects in addition to conducting and/or analysing quantitative and/or qualitative data collection in line with methodologies set out within specific research evaluations.

 

You 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.

 

This is a full time post fixed term until 31 July 2025, however applications for part-time will be considered, please state your desired working arrangements in your application. 

 

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


Key Accountabilities

  • To undertake literature reviewing and synthesise relevant literature throughout the projects
  • Attend and contribute to regular meetings and workshops/events appropriate to the projects
  • 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
  • Assist with necessary ethical approval, R&D and research registry registrations for the projects
  • To conduct and/or analyse quantitative and/or qualitative data collection in line with methodologies set out within specific research evaluations
  • 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
  • To liaise with the broader evaluation/project team, including Local authority stakeholders to ensure effective delivery of the evaluation
  • Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
  • To provide feedback to Principal Investigators and Programme Manager regarding delivery progress
  • 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
  • Prepare papers for publication, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills
  • 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

Desirable

  • Experience of Local Authority and NHS research governance procedures 

 

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

 

Qualifications

  • 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

 

 

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: 24743