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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate - ARC Children and Families

Requisition ID:  4363
Location: 

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 - £49,533.00 

Closing Date: 21 April 2020

 

The Role 

 

Applications are invited for a talented and ambitious Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to work within our newly designated NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) covering the North East and North Cumbria, to develop better integrated health and social care for children and their families, improving outcomes and reducing inequalities.

Key to the development of this theme is the bringing together of the six North East Universities of Cumbria, Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside as well as the NHS, local and national government, and both voluntary and community sector organisations to improve children and young people’s health and wellbeing and tackle inequalities.

We will also be working closely with research active practitioners in nursing, midwifery, the allied health professions, social work, psychology, paediatrics, medicine and associated academic specialities. We have strong links with the Great Northern Children' Research Community (GNCHRC), a group of nearly five hundred experienced researchers and research interested practitioners from across the region with specialities in We are also members of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health and the School of Public Health & Primary Care.

 

The Supporting Children and Families Theme will focus on four broad research areas:-

  • Creating a Better Start in Life and supporting continuities of care across childhood
  • Reducing Social Inequalities in aetiology and access
  • Mobilising Community Resources to support the management of chronic conditions
  • Listening to Children’s Voices in diverse communities

We are interested in applicants with research expertise in any of these areas.

  

We are looking to bring our research areas together by carrying out a project consulting with local communities about child health priorities across health and social care across the ARC using local data and with a strong PPI element. We are currently planning this with local authorities and the Fellow would take a lead role in taking this forward.

 

Because of the broad range of expertise across the health and social care sectors in the area covered by ARC-NENC, the successful applicant will also have responsibility for collating and keeping up-to-date, relevant, research information about the Theme partners across the Region.

You will be self-motivated, have excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to successfully bid for research funds. A PhD is essential and a Master’s degree ideal. We are looking to appoint ambitious individuals who have the capacity to work with collaborators from other disciplines and ideally able to supervise junior staff and potentially to contribute to the co-supervision of PhD students. We are seeking individuals who can demonstrate the ability to design and deliver research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing work of high quality. The post will require the ability to drive and potentially travel beyond the UK.

 

This post is Full Time or can be offered on a job share basis for a fixed term period of four years.

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Professor Eileen Kaner (NIHR ARC Director) at Eileen.kaner@newcastle.ac.uk

 

Senior Research Associate

 

Key Accountabilities

The Fellow will be supported to develop their own research interests and career development as well as working with other ARC members to progress different research projects.

 

  • Show academic leadership in applied research in supporting children and families in the NIHR Applied Health Research Collaboration
  • Develop research proposals and funding bids for prestigious funders (e.g. NIHR, MRC, ESRC), and be successful in obtaining funding.
  • Plan and lead high quality applied health research, project managing the research activity, supervising and taking responsibility for the research team, and collaborating with external partners
  • Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
  • Monitor workload and supervise/train less experienced staff and/or students working across  several projects
  • Publish research findings in peer reviewed journals
  • Present findings at conferences nationally and internationally
  • Conduct work related to methodological development, design and development of complex interventions, process and outcome evaluation, knowledge mobilisation and/or implementation of evidence into health, public health and social care.
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills.
  • To contribute to the activities of the Applied Research Collaboration at Newcastle University and partner Universities.
  • Undertake teaching on applied health research on the PHSI and Faculty of Medical Science postgraduate and undergraduate courses as required
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the ARC as required by the Directors of the supporting children and families ARC theme or the Director

 
The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential)

  • Significant experience of conducting high quality research in an academic environment
  • Significant experience of conducting applied health research in the areas of supporting children and families
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
  • Ability to carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Ability to command the respect of established health professionals from a range of disciplines and specialities
  • Ability to prepare reports and papers for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice
  • Experience of preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (e.g. NIHR, research councils)
  • Ability to present findings at leading health, public health and social science conferences
  • Evidence of ability to write for high quality peer reviewed publications with a publication record at a national level
  • Evidence of skills in empirical research involving primary data collection and using quantitative and/or qualitative techniques
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant data analysis packages

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Desirable)

  • Experience of supervising less experienced staff
  • Experience of research on methodological aspects of applied health research
  • Supervision of postgraduate students
  • Teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level in an academic setting

 

Attributes and Behaviours (Essential)

  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to work in teams, across disciplines

 

Qualifications (Essential)

  • A PhD in a relevant subject

 

Qualifications (Desirable)

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification

 

 

Research Associate

                                        

Key Accountabilities

 

  • Carry out high quality applied health research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
  • Conduct to national leadership work in supporting children and families as part of the Applied Research Collaboration for the North East and North Cumbria
  • Contribute to study design and collect, organise and analyse data relating to various projects
  • 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 applied research collaboration and its programmes of work
  • Prepare papers for publication in high quality peer reviewed journals, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills.
  • To contribute to the activities of the Applied Research Collaboration, to Fuse and to other relevant research infrastructures regionally and nationally
  • 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 ARC as required by the Directors of the supporting children and families theme or the Director

 

The Person

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential)

  • Experience of conducting high quality research in an applied health particularly relating to supporting children and families
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a range of education settings and situations
  • Ability to carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice
  • Evidence of ability to publish in high quality peer reviewed journals
  • Ability to present findings at leading health, public health and social science conferences
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant data analysis software packages

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Desirable)

  • Experience of preparing research proposals for submission to competitie funding organisations (ie NIHR, research councils)
  • Experience of research on methodological aspects of applied health research
  • Experience of work within a context of Public Involvement and Public Engageement (PPI/E)
     

Attributes and Behaviours (Essential)

  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others

 

Qualifications (Essential)

  • A PhD in a relevant subject

 

Qualifications (Desirable)

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification

 

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: 4363