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Research Associate

Requisition ID:  15488

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  10-Jan-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.


Salary: £31,406.00 - £33,309.00 (with progression to £40,927) per annum

Closing Date: 24 January 2022



The Role


We are looking to appoint a Research Associate to work across the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) and Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) North East North Cumbria, which will mainly focus upon projects related to COVID-19 that have been prioritised by regional stakeholders.


You will be based within the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University, but will also work with researchers at the Academic Health Science Network and Teesside University on a collaborative project recently funded by the NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme, which aims to evaluate a digital remote consultation approach for reducing high opioid use.


You will be expected to collaborate with regional stakeholders to undertake formal mixed methods evaluation. You are expected to have significant post-doctoral experience in the design, analysis and reporting of applied health research. 


This role is a full-time role but part-time and flexible working arrangements will be considered.

 This is a Fixed Term until 30 June 2023.


Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr Yu Fu  via email : (yu.fu@newcastle.ac.uk) and Professor Julia Newton (Julia.Newton@ahsn-nenc.org.uk


The Population Health Sciences Institute is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion for all staff and students.  Applications for part time/flexible working are welcome; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.


Key Accountabilities

•    Manage a project to evaluate the benefits, risks and costs following ‘at scale’ implementation of a digital remote consultation approach for reducing high opioid use

•    Support the design and delivery of prioritised applied research projects that meet the objectives

•    Develop and manage research objectives and resulting activities

•    Apply appropriate methods to collect and analyse both quantitative data (involving routine NHS data) and qualitative data (stakeholder interviews)

•    Organise and undertake PPI activities and maintain a good relationship with them

•    Interpret results and generate original ideas based on outcomes

•    Report and encourage the use of research findings to inform the development and delivery of relevant health and social care within the region

•    Take part in knowledge-transfer activities where appropriate and feasible.

•    Prepare peer-reviewed articles and present research results through publication or other recognised forms of output, e.g. peer-reviewed journals, reports and conference presentations at local, national and international levels. 

•    Collaborate and facilitate links with clinicians, researchers and relevant ARC and AHSN stakeholders and other NIHR funded structures, to promote research development and delivery

•    Through these activities, support the development of relevant internal and external research funding applications with ARC and AHSN collaborators 

•    Assist with preparation of project outputs e.g. progress reports, publications and other dissemination activities such as conference presentations.

•    Undertake any other duties commensurate with the role.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Relevant post-doctoral research experience in applied health research
•    Experience in mixed research methods
•    Project management experience in the design and conduct of health research
•    Experience of publishing peer reviewed journal articles and other outputs from research
•    Experience of developing and conducting research within agreed timelines and to a high standard
•    Experience in translating and applying relevant knowledge into policy and practice
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the proven ability to write to a standard required for research outputs
•    Excellent IT experience across a wide range of relevant applications
•    Evidence of an ability to work effectively individually and in a research team.

Attributes and Behaviour

•    A desire to improve health and social care practice
•    An understanding of health and social care systems
•    Willingness and ability to travel around the region
•    Confident presentation skills
•    Motivated, self-starting individual capable of driving and supporting research across diverse communities 



•    A PhD in a relevant topic area
•    A Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant topic area


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.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 15488