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Research Associate / Senior Research Associate - Public Health

Requisition ID:  19321
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time/Part Time
Posted Date:  28-Apr-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.

 

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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:

Research Associate: £31,406 - £40,927 per annum

Senior Research Associate: £42,149 - £47,419 per annum

 

Closing Date: 23 May 2022

 

The Role

 

Applications are invited for a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to work on a project funded via the North of England Commissioning Support and situated within the University’s Population Health Sciences Institute. The project links to the ‘Prevention including Behavioural Risk Factors’ Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Consortium.  

 

As a core member of the research team, you will be responsible for day-to-day project management, planning and delivering project activities which include but not limited to securing ethical and R&D approvals, data collection and analysis, plus dissemination (e.g. writing for publication, presentation of results at meetings and conferences).  Most data will be collected through in-depth qualitative interviews/focus groups with a range of participants including primary care practitioners, and users, providers, and commissioners of weight management services.

 

As someone with experience in qualitative research or relevant practice experience, you will undertake interviews/focus groups and help to design topic guides to explore the implementation, receipt, and impact of Tier 2 weight management services. You will work closely with public health partners throughout the project. 

 

You will have a PhD (ideally in the field of health behaviour change, implementation science, or health services research) or equivalent relevant experience, be self-motivated, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

 

You will be appointed to a suitable point on the common pay scale according to qualifications and experience. Interviews will be held on 9 June 2022. 


One post from 0.6FTE up to 1.0FTE is available for 18 months (fixed-term) 

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr Mackenzie Fong (mackenzie.fong@newcastle.ac.uk) or Professor Ashley Adamson (Ashley.adamson@newcastle.ac.uk)

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Take a leading role in the planning and conducting of research, individually or jointly, in dialogue with senior team members
  • Undertake in-depth qualitative work with a range of participants including primary care practitioners, users, providers, and commissioners of weight management services  
  • Be responsible for day-to-day management of projects 
  • Use qualitative methods to support implementation, process and outcome evaluation
  • Contribute to the collection, analysis and interpretation of qualitative interviews/focus group data
  • Work collaboratively with partners within and connected to the project groups
  • Lead high quality public involvement work for the projects
  • Document research output, including, analysis and interpretation of data, maintaining records, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate
  • Produce high quality outputs from research activity including (but not limited to) publications for peer reviewed journals, publicity materials and reports, website content 
  • Ensure compliance with current data protection legislation encompassing data collection, analysis, reporting and archiving processes
  • Any other relevant activities required by the Principal Investigators


The Person

 

Research Associate

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•    Knowledge and experience of conducting applied health research in primary, secondary or tertiary prevention, or relevant professional experience related to Tier 2 weight management services
•    Experience in qualitative research and or/mixed methods research or relevant practice experience
•    Ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard 
•    Evidence of ability to write peer reviewed publications
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team 
•    The ability to communicate well to a range of audiences using different presentation approaches
•    Experience with Microsoft Office, software for the analysis of qualitative data, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom
•    Experience and/or interest in health behaviour change and/or implementation science and/or health services research (Desirable)
•    Experience of supporting the preparation of research proposals to help secure future grant income (Desirable) 

 

Attributes and Behaviours
•    Ability to use initiative, prioritise and show a creative approach to problem solving
•    Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to meet deadlines and to manage priorities
•    Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality
•    Be able to work flexibly with regard to hours of work, including occasional evenings and travel across the region

 

Qualifications
•    A PhD in a in a health-related discipline using qualitative or mixed methods research

 

Senior Research Associate

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
•    Significant knowledge and experience of conducting applied health research in primary, secondary or tertiary prevention, or relevant professional experience related to Tier 2 weight management services
•    Significant experience in qualitative research and or/mixed methods research or relevant practice experience 
•    Ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard 
•    Evidence of ability to write peer reviewed publications evidenced by publication track record
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team 
•    The ability to communicate well to a range of audiences using different presentation approaches
•    Experience with Microsoft Office, software for the analysis of qualitative data, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom
•    Experience and/or interest in health behaviour change and/or implementation science and/or health services research 

 

Attributes and Behaviours
•    Ability to use initiative, prioritise and show a creative approach to problem solving
•    Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to meet deadlines and to manage priorities
•    Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
•    Ability to maintain confidentiality
•    Be able to work flexibly with regard to hours of work, including occasional evenings and travel across the region

 

Qualifications
•    A PhD in a in a health-related discipline using qualitative or mixed methods research or equivalent relevant 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.

Requisition ID: 19321