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Research Associate

Requisition ID:  1222

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 

Research Associate

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 - £40,322

Closing Date: 31 January 2020


The role

As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


We wish to appoint an experienced qualitative researcher to an exciting programme of work to develop and evaluate good practice model(s) of primary care-led, post diagnostic dementia care. The programme is funded by the Alzheimer’s Society and includes teams from UCL, LSE Manchester and Brighton.  A broad range of research skills is required from the team including expertise in qualitative systematic reviews and qualitative research. 


You will need PhD in a relevant social science discipline and evidence of expertise in one or more of the following areas: medical sociology, health psychology or applied health research as well as experience of conducting and analysing qualitative research.  You will need to be an excellent communicator and able to work flexibly and cooperatively with others with strong interpersonal skills to contribute to the process of co-designing an intervention and facilitating the Dementia Care Community - a mixed stakeholder panel of around 80 individuals convened to support the programme. 


The appointment is to cover maternity leave for 9 months.  Applications for part-time/flexible working will be considered; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.


Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Louise Robinson via e-mail to Angela Mattison at angela.mattison@ncl.ac.uk in the first instance.


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.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.                                                                          


Key Accountabilities

  • Working under minimum supervision, the appointee will assist with a systematic review of qualitative literature on the outcomes valued by people with dementia and family carers.
  • Contribute where needed to recruitment of participants, through contact with key health and social care organisations and voluntary agencies in the UK.  
  • Contribute to ethical approval/governance processes.
  • Follow agreed procedures for providing information regarding the study and obtaining and recording consent; must follow agreed procedures for participants not able to, or losing the ability to, provide informed consent in ACP accordance with ICH Good Clinical Practice guidelines.
  • Undertake data collection using qualitative methods: such as focus groups and/or individual interviews with a variety of stakeholders e.g. health and social care professionals, people with dementia and their family carers.
  • Contribute to the design of quantitative data collection tools such as e-surveys and Delphi consensus surveys, and to data analysis.
  • Administer standardised outcome measures to people with dementia and family carers.
  • Responsible for keeping all records pertaining to participants and participant data, observing data protection and confidentiality always.
  • Undertake qualitative data analysis using NVivo and assist in the preparation of progress reports and papers for publication.
  • To collate and organise data; ensure that research activity and data is consistent with current research governance instructions and Data Protection legislation. The post holder will also ensure  that  research  activity  and  data  collation  and  management  meet  the demands of new instructions and legislation as these come into effect, and keep appropriate project records.
  • To attend meetings and other dissemination events appropriate to the project. 
  • To identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills as required.


The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience



  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills.
  • Ability to use initiative.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with others, but also to work independently.
  • Experience of undertaking qualitative systematic reviews
  • Experience of undertaking qualitative research interviews and data analysis
  • Experience of working with Health Care professionals and or voluntary agencies
  • Experience of carrying out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to a high standard
  • Successful publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Ability to travel to meetings and events outside of the Newcastle University
  • Once selected, must have an appropriate DBS certificate


  • Experience of working with older people, especially people with dementia, and family care-givers
  • Experience of co-design



  • First degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. social sciences, psychology or health related field).
  • PhD in a similar field.


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: 1222