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Senior Research Associate

Requisition ID:  1251

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  26-Nov-2019


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: £41,526 - £51,034 

Closing Date: 10 December 2019


The Role

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated Senior Research Associate, to work in the new Policy Research Unit for Older People and Frailty.


Applications are invited from candidates with strong research skills in evidence synthesis & qualitative research methods, excellent written communication skills and knowledge of the health and social care interface. You will contribute to the design, conduct and dissemination of a range of commissioned research projects. Some work will require flexible working to short time scales.


Applicants should have a PhD in health services research or a related field, that relates to both health and social care.  Experience of ageing research and a sound knowledge of some aspect of ageing and frailty and health and social care are required. Excellent written and spoken skills and an ability to work independently and as part of a team are essential. 


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 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.


This is a fixed term post for 3 years in the first instance.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Barbara Hanratty (Barbara.hanratty@newcastle.ac.uk) or Fiona Matthews (Fiona.matthews@newcastle.ac.uk)


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.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Key Accountabilities

  • Show academic leadership in older people and frailty research in the Institute
  • Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
  • Commitment to high quality research with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Maintain confidentiality during research process as required by the funder and respect the requirements of the funder with respect to dissemination
  • Monitor workload and supervise junior staff who may be working on several projects
  • Publish in peer reviewed journals and present findings at conferences nationally and internationally, with the agreement of the funder
  • Prepare bids for submission to prestigious funders
  • Undertake occasional topic/methodological teaching in older people and frailty related research on the Population Health Sciences Institute and Faculty of Medical Science postgraduate and undergraduate courses as required
  • Undertake agreed research projects within defined timescales, to meet the requirements of the Policy Research Unit. Working with the Newcastle PRU team, you may be required to undertake any/all aspects of a project from the development of protocols to identifying/obtaining relevant data, selecting appropriate analytical approach, undertaking analysis and production of the final report/paper
  • Build internal and external contacts within and across the Policy Research Units, Department of Health and Social Care and Arms Length Bodies and participate in research collaborations and building of networks for the exchange of information
  • Lead and participate in relevant public and patient engagement activities relevant to the work programme of the Policy Research Unit
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills
  • To contribute to the wider activities of the Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit as part of the Ageing and Older People’s Research Theme at Newcastle University
  • Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the Policy Research Unit within the Institute as required


The Person

Knowledge Skills and Experience


  • Significant experience of conducting research in an academic environment
  • In-depth knowledge of the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews and other approaches to evidence synthesis
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Ability to command the respect of a policy audience and established health and social care professionals and leaders from a range of disciplines and specialities
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting priorities
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work in teams, across disciplines
  • Ability to prepare reports and papers for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings
  • Experience of the ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Experience of assisting in preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (e.g. NIHR, research councils)
  • Experience of conducting systematic reviews and other relevant health services research methodologies
  • Experience of critical appraisal of research
  • Evidence of ability to write for peer reviewed publications
  • Ability to present findings at conferences
  • Commitment to the University’s research strategy and mission
  • Commitment to the University’s and Institute’s engagement strategy
  • Commitment to own personal development


  • Knowledge of a range of research methodologies relevant to health services research, including qualitative methods and analysis of cohort data
  • Supervision of postgraduate students
  • Teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level in an academic setting



  • A PhD with a significant component of evidence synthesis, addressing health and social care research



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.


Requisition ID: 1251