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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate Health Inequalities

Requisition ID:  19783
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  27-Apr-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.

 

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.

 

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:

Research Associate: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum

Senior Research Associate: £42,149 to £50,296 per annum

 

Closing Date: 26 May 2022

 

The Role

 

Applications are invited for a talented and ambitious Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to work within the NIHR School for Public Health Research as part of the national Health Inequalities programme. 

 

You will have a doctorate in a relevant topic and experience proportionate to the level of post applied for in Health Inequalities research related to the social determinants of health as well as advanced level quantitative data collection and analysis skills. Other required skills include: the development of research projects and analysis plans; the ability to publish work in high quality peer reviewed journals; the confidence to engage with collaborators at all levels of seniority, across different regions and sectors of the health system; and a willingness to work with research partners across multiple Universities and in policy, practice and the public. Successful applicants will be appointed to a suitable point on the common pay scale according to qualifications and experience.

 

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 desirable. We are looking to appoint an ambitious individual who has the capacity to work across different projects, with collaborators from other disciplines and Universities, and ideally able to supervise junior staff and contribute to the co-supervision of PhD students. The post will require the ability to travel across the UK for short periods.

 

Established in April 2012, the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) is a partnership between nine leading academic centres with excellence in applied public health research in England.  The SPHR Directorate are located within the Population & Health Sciences Institute.

 

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13 July 2022.

 

Further information about SPHR can be found here.

 

This is a full time post and is available until 31/3/2027.

 

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

 

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Clare Bambra (National Lead for Inequalities) - Clare.bambra@newcastle.ac.uk 

 

Key Accountabilities

Research Associate

  • Carry out national leadership work in health inequalities as part of the School for Public Health Research (SPHR)
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the SPHR as required by the leads of the Health Inequalities programme or the Director
  • Support quantitative research proposals and funding bids within SPHR (and externally to other bodies such as NIHR Public Health or ESRC), and be successful in obtaining funding
  • Plan high quality applied health inequalities research, project managing the research activity and collaborating with external partners in policy, practice, public
  • Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
  • Prepare papers for prominent peer reviewed journals
  • Present research findings at conferences nationally and internationally
  • Conduct work related to methodological development in the design and development of evaluations of interventions, public involvement, knowledge mobilisation and/or implementation of evidence into public health
  • 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 SPHR nationally

Senior Research Associate

  • Show academic leadership in applied research in health inequalities in the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) nationally
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the SPHR as required by the leads of the Health Inequalities programme or the Director
  • Develop quantitative research proposals and funding bids within SPHR (and externally to other bodies such as NIHR Public Health or ESRC), and be successful in obtaining funding
  • Plan and lead high quality applied health inequalities research, project managing the research activity, supervising and taking responsibility for the research team, and collaborating with external partners in policy, practice, public
  • 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 prominent peer reviewed journals
  • Present research findings at conferences nationally and internationally
  • Conduct work related to methodological development in the design and development of evaluations of interventions, public involvement, knowledge mobilisation and/or implementation of evidence into public health
  • 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 SPHR nationally
  • Undertake teaching on health inequalities/research methods on the Institute and Faculty of Medical Science postgraduate and undergraduate courses as required

 

The Person

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Research Associate

  • Experience in health inequalities research related to the social determinants of health
  • Evidence of skills in empirical research involving advanced quantitative data collection and analysis techniques
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant data analysis packages
  • Experience of conducting high quality health inequalities research in an academic environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part interdisciplinary research project teams
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks and 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 maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice
  • Work with relevant stakeholders including members of the public to ensure research is relevant to their needs (including preparing reports and papers for presentation at national meetings)
  • Evidence of ability to write for high quality peer reviewed publications
  • Ability to present findings at leading health, public health and social science conferences

Desirable

  • Experience of involving the public in research
  • Experience of preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (e.g. NIHR, research councils)
  • Experience of research on methodological aspects of applied health inequalities research

Senior Research Associate

  • Experience in health inequalities research related to the social determinants of health
  • Evidence of skills in empirical research involving advanced quantitative data collection and analysis techniques
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant data analysis packages
  • Significant experience of conducting high quality health inequalities research in an academic environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part interdisciplinary research project teams
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks and 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 maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice
  • Work with relevant stakeholders including members of the public to ensure research is relevant to their needs (including preparing reports and papers for presentation at national meetings)
  • Experience of preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (e.g. NIHR, research councils)
  • Evidence of ability to write for high quality peer reviewed publications with a publication record at a national level
  • Ability to present findings at leading health, public health and social science conferences

Desirable

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

 

Attributes and Behaviours

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

 

Qualifications

  • A PhD in a relevant subject

Desirable

  • A Masters degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline

 

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: 19783