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Research Associate

Requisition ID:  21261

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  23-Nov-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.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package, plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you. Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


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.


Salary: £32,348 to £42,155 per annum


Closing Date: 06 December 2022


The Role 


We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated researcher with a background in social science (or closely related discipline) and experience of range of qualitative methods to contribute to the development of multidisciplinary ageing research. 

You will be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of a range of applied health research projects related to ageing. You will be part of a multidisciplinary teams working across different clinical specialties and will contribute to the design, conduct and dissemination of a research. The portfolio of work will also include undertaking secondary analysis on existing qualitative data sets and writing these up for publication.


This is an exciting opportunity to develop your career in applied health research working on a range of different projects within multidisciplinary teams. Newcastle University’s Population Health Sciences Institute has a strong commitment to research career development and you will be supported with a mentor and encouraged to fulfil your career ambitions in a department acknowledged as an international leader in its field.

This is a fixed-term post for 26 months.


Further information can be obtained by contacting Professor Katie Brittain (


Key Accountabilities

  • Work with Professor Katie Brittain and colleagues within the Population Health Sciences Institute and Faculty of Medical Sciences to develop and deliver a range of applied health research projects related to ageing
  • Be part of a multidisciplinary teams working across different clinical specialties and will contribute to the design, conduct and dissemination of research
  • Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard 
  • Undertake all aspects of research work: supporting and developing grant applications, obtaining appropriate approvals and permissions; conducting, analysing and writing up research findings
  • Undertake secondary analysis and writing-up of existing qualitative data sets
  • Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the projects
  • Prepare papers for publication, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in additional research methods and other transferable skills
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support social science and/or qualitative research methods within the Institute as required


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of the design, conduct and reporting of applied qualitative health research using a range of methodological and theoretical approaches
  • Knowledge and experience of working with older people and conducting research within health care settings with both patients and informal carers as well as clinicians 
  • Experience of successfully working and as part of multidisciplinary research teams
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a range of education settings and situations
  • Experience of delivering research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard 
  • Evidence of successfully writing for peer reviewed publications and present findings at conferences
  • Knowledge of relevant qualitative research software packages
  • Experience of preparing research proposals and securing grant income


  • Experience of conducting qualitative research in ageing
  • Knowledge and experience of conducting secondary analysis of qualitative data
  • Evidence of an understanding of the conduct of qualitative evidence synthesis


Personal Attributes and Behaviours

  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting priorities
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Commitment to working in multidisciplinary research teams 



  • A PhD in social science or a closely related subject



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: 21261