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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

Requisition ID:  1104

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
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 - £55,750

Closing Date: 10 March 2020

We are looking for a new team member who is seeking an opportunity to join a group leading a programme of research that supports Newcastle Medical School’s long tradition of excellence and innovation in education and training.

You must have relevant experience in medical education or health services research and be able to demonstrate expertise in methodological approaches relevant to social sciences / applied health research.

This is a fixed term post for a duration of 2 years. 


For further information about this post please contact Dr Gillian Vance, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Education on  0191 2084525 or gillian.vance@newcastle.ac.uk.


For more information about the School of Medical Education please visit http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sme/.


Please note that previous applicants need not apply.


The School of Medical Education holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for women working in science 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.


Key Accountabilities  

  • Undertake high quality research to inform medical educational policy and practice via collaborations within the University and with other institutions, funding bodies and with national and international organisations.
  • Be expected to contribute to (RA), or lead (SRA) specific research projects, with timely delivery of data collection, analysis and presentation of reports.
  • Be expected to contribute to (RA) or play a leading role (SRA) in the research team, including the dissemination of research findings at conferences and via publications.
  • Identify avenues for further research, and potential funding streams
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess and evaluate concepts/theories to inform research and show knowledge of, and expertise in, relevant research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative).
  • Be expected to support (RA) or mentor (SRA) junior research staff
  • Contribute to student teaching, assessment and evaluation.
  • Contribute to student support activities.
  • Be a full and active member of the School of Medical Education.
  • Undertake other academic duties as seen necessary, and appropriate to post level, by the Head of School of Medical Education.

 The Person


 Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Experience in research involving healthcare professions.
  • Skills in relevant methodologies – qualitative and/or quantitative approaches.
  • Skills in literature reviews – from design of search strategy to synthesis of findings.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritise conflicting priories and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Excellent organisational, team-working and communication skills.
  • Experience in the supervision of junior research staff.
  • Experience of writing reports to time-and-target, and appropriate for the relevant funder.
  • Experience of preparing successful manuscripts for publication.
  • Commitment to the aims of the University.

Attributes and Behaviour  

  • Ability to respond enthusiastically and positively to workload.
  • Demonstrable willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues as part of a team.
  • Sensitivity to the views of others.
  • Enthusiasm for the task in hand. 



  • A PhD or equivalent in professional qualifications and experience in the research area required.
  • Holds a 1st degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Science, Psychology, applied health research). 
  • Experience in research involving healthcare professions.


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.

Requisition ID: 1104