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Senior Research Associate

Requisition ID:  13926

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time/Part Time
Posted Date:  15-Nov-2021


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: £42,149 - £50,296 per annum, pro rata

Closing Date: 2 January 2022


The Role 

We are now seeking to appoint an able and enthusiastic Senior Research Associate with relevant experience to work on an exciting national research project in the specific area of Dementia. Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant subject, ideally in the field of neurodegeneration or closely related, with substantial professional experience of research.  You should also have experience of project management, including the preparation of proposals for research funding. You will be expected to undertake research both individually and collectively, and contribute to advancing the stage of knowledge and understanding within their particular area of expertise. You are expected to proactively collaborate with researchers and have a demonstrable record of productivity in high quality peer-reviewed literature. 


You will work alongside leading data scientists, clinical practitioners, technology providers and researchers from the University of Newcastle, Alzheimer’s Research UK, University College London, University of Cambridge, Oxford Big Data Institute, the National Physical Laboratory, the Alan Turing Institute, the University of Exeter, and Mindstrong Health (US). 


The Early Detection of Neurodegenerative diseases (EDoN) initiative is supported by a grant from Alzheimer’s Research UK and Gates Ventures to harness the potential of digital technologies to detect distinct dementia-causing diseases at their very earliest stage. Further information about the project and team can be found here: https://edon-initiative.org/

Although EDoN is specifically focused on the early detection of dementia-causing diseases, the project’s approach is widely applicable to other branches of medicine. EDoN is taking advantage of advances in technology and AI to create scalable, personalised diagnostics based on low-cost, clinically-validated devices. During the course of the project, the integration of new digital devices into the NHS will be critical for its success. 


This is a full time or part time post for a fixed period of 14 months. 
For informal enquiries contact: Dr. Sarah Slight, Reader in Pharmacy Practice, School of pharmacy. E-mail: sarah.slight@newcastle.ac.uk
Find out more about the Faculty of Medical Sciences here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/   
 Find out more about our Research Institutes here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/research/institutes/ 

Key Accountabilities


  • Although working with the Principal Investigator, you will contribute ideas, including enhancements to the technical or methodological aspects of studies, thus providing substantial 'added value'
  • To lead on the submission and development of own research objectives and proposals for funding, and to contribute to grant applications and collective bids
  • To assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
  • Write up your research for publication and dissemination, through seminar and conference presentations and publications
  • Be involved in the supervision of final year undergraduate research projects and in providing support to postgraduate research students or Research Assistants
  • Work with the Professional Services Team and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the School
  • Contribute to events celebrating the public engagement of science/social sciences/humanities
  • To liaise and support  the EDoN Hub Working Groups and co-ordination team with specific tasks, and support cross-collaboration between Hubs
  • To support the current and future pilot study sites with project delivery, management and data analysis
  • To support patient and public involvement work to evaluate the usability and acceptability of new and existing technologies
  • To prepare the necessary documentation (e.g., protocols, data sharing agreements, ethics applications) and obtain appropriate approvals prior to commencing any research at local sites
  • To assist with reviewing the academic literature, engaging with digital technology providers, and collecting data on end-user experiences of digital wearables
  • To act as a central point of contact for the Digital Hub Working Group and organise regular meetings, setting the agendas, taking minutes and following up on any actions
  • To lead on work around the implementation of digital tool into the dementia patient pathway, including learning from previous risk detection tool implementations and mapping out key steps
  • To complete any training necessary for the role

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • A track record of academic achievement demonstrated by excellent publications in academic journals and presentations at conferences
  • Substantial professional research experience in the field
  • Ability to build relationships with a range of different stakeholders across different levels
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills 
  • Detailed subject knowledge in the area of digital health research and neurodegenerative disease
  • High level of analytical and problem-solving capability  
  • Ability to communicate complex information with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others  
  • Knowledge of diagnosing and monitoring neurodegenerative conditions
  • Experience of evaluating the use of digital technologies in research studies
  • Experience of qualitative data collection and literature synthesis 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrable knowledge and application of mixed methods
  • Knowledge of the area of clinical informatics and digital tools
  • Experience in writing research proposals, ethics applications and protocols
  • Aware of the ethical issues involved in research
  • Experience of project management
  • Well-organised and able to multi-task consistently and effectively, with the ability to prioritise workload
  • Experience of working with GSuite and monday.com (or a similar document and project management tools) (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of data management, processing and analysis of wearable technology data (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of clinical care pathways and early stages of dementia (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour


  • Good inter-personal skills with an ability to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting
  • The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Possesses the ability to evaluate concepts/theories in order to develop original solutions and particular knowledge of, and expertise in, research methodologies appropriate to their area of scholarship
  • Demonstrates intellectual independence within the particular research field and academic discipline via their ability to work flexibly to fit around the needs of the project including willingness to travel as needed



  • A PhD ideally in neurodegenerative research or related discipline




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.


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.


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.

Requisition ID: 13926