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Research Associate

Requisition ID:  1079

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  25-Oct-2019

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: £32,817 -  pro-rata

Closing Date: 25 November 2019



Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work within the national Improving outcomes in Advanced Colorectal Tumours (IMPACT) research group. The IMPACT portfolio consists of a series of projects which aims to improve clinical and patient-reported outcomes for patients with locally advanced, recurrent and metastatic colorectal cancer. You will focus on the delivery of the first IMPACT project; IMPACT I: The IMPACT Audit: Improving the standards in multidisciplinary management of patients with locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer in the UK and Ireland.


You will focus on understanding multidisciplinary team decision making and referral patterns for patients with locally advanced and recurrent rectal cancer. You will be based at the Institute of Health and Society, University of Newcastle. You will undertake quantitative research, analysis and synthesis, produce report(s), publication(s) and presentation(s), and will contribute to applications for future funding. We expect that you will co-ordinate this national project and work closely with the project team members and all our collaborating partners.


This is a part time post working 11 hours per week for an initial 15 month fixed term contract.


For further enquires, please contact Miss Deena Harji at


Key Accountabilities


  1. Co-ordination of approximately 50 NHS sites contributing to the study including liaising with Research and Development offices and liaising with audit departments to set up new sites.
  2. Working with local study teams to promote recruitment and ensure data completeness.
  3. Organising study steering group meetings including drafting agenda and newsletters to be sent to participating sites.
  4. Drafting papers, reports for funders and other study documents as required.
  5. Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the IHS as required by the Director


Person Specification


Knowledge, Skills and Experience - Essential


  • Demonstrable ability to produce excellent research leading to high quality publications.
  • Demonstrable ability to critically appraise qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Experience of running research studies within a Health Services Research setting.
  • Experience in delivery of national clinical projects including clinical audit.
  • Experience of undertaking quantitative research including basic statistics.
  • Experience of presenting at conferences/workshops.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team.
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks.
  • Ability to carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard.
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice.
  • Sound IT skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, online research, email and project website updating/management.


  •  Experience in surgical research.




  • PhD or equivalent experience in mixed methods or health services research

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 Institute holds a silver Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver 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: 1079