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Research Associate

Requisition ID:  21361
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  25-Jul-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 £34,308 per annum

 

Closing Date: 28 August 2022

 

The Role


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mental Health and Wellbeing, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between physical and mental health. Your role will be to provide operational leadership of the WHOLE-SMI project and you will be a core member of our new research group at Newcastle University. Together, we aspire to transform care, support, and outcomes for people living with mental illness. 

 

The WHOLE-SMI project explores the implementation of health promotion services into care and support pathways for individuals living with severe mental illness. The focus is on holistic health and helping support people to live well. The project is led by Professor Emily J. Oliver, and the postholder will work with Professor Oliver and a wider team of researchers focused on mental health.  

 

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, 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.

 

Find out more about the Faculty of Medical Sciences here.

Find out more about our Research Institutes here.

 

This post is fixed term until 31st March 2024.

 

For informal enquiries please contact Emily Oliver, (PHSI@ncl.ac.uk)

 

Key Accountabilities
•    Although working under the general guidance of an academic or Principal Investigator, the postholder will contribute ideas, including enhancements to the technical or methodological aspects of their studies, thus providing substantial 'added value' 
•    Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the personal requirements 
•    Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support where required
•    Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding 
•    Begin to write, with appropriate support, proposals for individual research funding or, where funders do not permit this, contribute to the writing of collective bids
•    Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
•    Contribute to the writing up of their research for publication and dissemination, either through seminar and conference presentations or through publications
•    Present research findings, either at conferences or through publications in reputable outlets appropriate to the discipline
•    May be involved in the supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate research projects and in providing support to postgraduate research students or Research Assistants 
•    Will need to work with the support staff and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the Institute
•    May contribute to events celebrating the public engagement of science/social sciences/humanities
•    Develop an awareness of University structures, policies and procedures and relevant issues in the higher education, research, social and political environment

 

The Person 

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills
•    Detailed subject knowledge relevant to physical and mental health promotion 
•    Likelihood of advanced skills directly related to the research projects 
•    High level of analytical and problem-solving capability 
•    Ability to communicate complex information with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others 
•    Experience of research with clear transferable skills and some experience or awareness of the research environment 
•    Presentations at conferences and/or high-quality publications 

Desirable
•    Experience of working with populations living with mental illness
•    Experience of research involvement within the UK’s NHS system


Attributes and Behaviour
•    Proactive and able to work independently when required

Desirable
•    Enthusiastic and engaged in advocacy for underserved groups

 

Qualifications

•    A PhD in a relevant area

Desirable
•    Honors degree in a relevant 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: 21361