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Research Associate

Requisition ID:  4322

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:£30,942.00 - £32,817.00

Closing Date: 5 April 2020



The Role


Applications are invited for a talented and productive Research Associate to join a multi-centre research programme (involving King’s College London and Liverpool University) and a multi-disciplinary team based in Newcastle University.   


The research aims to improve outcomes for vulnerable children through reducing the impact of ‘syndemic’ risk to health and wellbeing. The work focuses on mental health and substance use problems, and associated risks including intimate partner abuse, self-harm, gambling, debt/economic instability, and offending behaviour. Research outcomes will inform health, social care, criminal justice and education policy and practice, and achieve material improvements in quality of life and lifelong outcomes for children and young people.


You will have a doctorate in a relevant topic and experience in qualitative research methods, systematic reviewing and evidence synthesis plus an interest in complex intervention development. We are looking for the ability to publish work in high quality peer reviewed journals and the confidence to engage with members of the public, and research collaborators at all levels of seniority. The successful applicant will be appointed to a suitable point on the common payscale according to qualifications and experience.


The post requires the ability to drive to carry out research in remote or rural areas where public or other methods of transport may not be available, including the potential of travel outside of the UK.


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.


This is a full time, fixed term postion available for the duration of 30 months.


Further information can be obtained by contacting: Professor Eileen Kaner (Principle Investigator - Eileen.kaner@newcastle.ac.uk), Dr Ruth McGovern (Co-applicant – r.mcgovern@newcastle.ac.uk)


Key Accountabilities


  • Undertake a series of in-depth one-to-one qualitative interviews plus carefully facilitated dyadic (e.g. parent and child) and group interviews (e.g. (grand)parents and child(ren)) and carryout appropriate data analysis
  • Conduct a systematic literature and evidence synthesis to identify strategies which aim to reduce mental health problems and substance use plus relevant linked risk behaviours in adolescents (aged 10-18 inclusive)
  • Co-produce and/or adapt a ‘family involved’ intervention to promote resilience and reduce mental health and substance use and linked behaviours such as self or other harm and offending behaviour
  • Ensure all research is carried out within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to a high quality standard
  • Ensure that research activity and any data collection is consistent with current research governance instructions and Data Protection legislation.
  • Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the programme of work
  • Prepare papers for publication in high quality peer reviewed journals, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Identify and undertake relevant professional development, including further training in research methods as required
  • Work with relevant stakeholders including members of the public to ensure research is relevant to their needs
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the Lead and Deputy Lead of the programme.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of conducting qualitative research work in the areas of substance use and/or mental health
  • Ability to conduct systematic literature reviews and synthesis data appropriately
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a range of health, social care settings and situations
  • Ability to carry out high quality research project work within agreed timelines and meeting project milestones
  • Evidence of ability to publish in high quality peer reviewed journals
  • Ability to present findings at relevant national and international conferences
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant data analysis software packages


  • Evidence of a good understanding and/or experience of complex intervention development
  • Experience of preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations
  • Experience of Public Involvement and/or Public Engagement (PPI/E) in research work


Attributes and Behaviours

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to GDPR requirements
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively in a team with others



  • PhD in a relevant subject


  • A master’s degree or equivalent qualification






The Population Health Sciences Institute is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students.  Applications for part time/flexible working and/or jobshare will be considered; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.


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 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: 4322