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Senior Research Associate/Research Assoc

Requisition ID:  3281
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: 13 March 2020

 

The Role

 

Applications are invited for a talented and productive Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to work across two major NIHR Infrastructures. You will work within our newly designated NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) covering the North East and North Cumbria and also support the NIHR School of Public Health Research (SPHR). The role will focus on the theory, practice and impact of Public Involvement and Community engagement, and you will work in close partnership with a similar role based in the ARC host organisation - Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW).

 

You will have a doctorate in a relevant topic and experience proportionate to the level of post applied for in applied research and practice regarding Public Involvement and Community engagement (PICE). Required skills will include: an understanding of the theories, principles and practice of PICE; the development of research and evaluation approaches to assess the impact of PICE; quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis skills; the ability to publish work in high quality peer reviewed journals; the confidence to engage with members of the public and collaborators, at all levels of seniority, both regionally and nationally; a keenness to work with research and practice partners across the ARC; and the ability to help build capacity and capability in PICE. You will be appointed to a suitable point on the common payscale 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 ideal. We are looking to appoint an ambitious individual who has the capacity to work with collaborators from other disciplines and ideally able to supervise junior staff and contribute to the co-supervision of PhD students. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate the ability to design and deliver high quality work which includes public and community members at all stages of the research process. The post requires the ability to drive and potentially travel beyond the UK.

 

The post is available over four years.

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting:

Professor Eileen Kaner (NIHR ARC Director - Eileen.kaner@newcastle.ac.uk).

Professor Ashley Adamson (NIHR SPHR Director – Ashley.adamson@newcastle.ac.uk).

Dr Jane Pearson (ARC Manager – jane.pearson@cntw.nhs.uk).

Dr Susan Bowett (SPHR Manager – susan.bowett@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.

 

The Population Health Sciences Institute 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.

 

Research Associate

 

Key Accountabilities

 

Key activity will include:

 

  • Helping to develop and deliver an NIHR ARC PICE strategy for the region.
  • Conducting research on all aspects of Public Involvement including the theory, best practice, process and outcome evaluation of PICE
  • Building capacity and expertise in PICE across the NIHR ARC and its specific research themes.
  • Monitoring, reporting and evaluating PICE activities and associated learning, including capturing impact case studies;
  • Influencing policy and practice by collaborating with key stakeholders in the local and national health economy;
  • Working collaboratively with other NIHR Infrastructure PPI/E leads, as part of the “One NIHR” joined up approach to PICE.
  • Working collaboratively with communications, training and implementation leads on PICE.
  • Working collaboratively with VOICE, and partner University Engagement teams to support the national and international expansion of PICE so that it is visible and accessible to a wide range of the public and the wider community.
  • Working with the NIHR SPHR Director and the NIHR SPHR Lead for public involvement and engagement, deliver elements of the NIHR SPHR PI&E Strategy and evaluate the impact of public involvement and engagement in the School. 
  •  To support PICE strategy development and delivery across the NIHR ARC to ensure high quality and relevant applied health and care research, knowledge mobilization, Implementation, Capacity building and Capability development.
  • To conduct high quality research on the theory, practice, processes and outcomes of PICE activity in Applied Health research and Implementation.
  • To proactively identify opportunities for the future development of the NIHR ARC PICE agenda across all sectors of the Care system.
  • Be responsible for building strong relationships with external engagement network leads and members through relevant local, regional & national NIHR infrastructure (including NIHR Involve) and other NHS, public and patient groups/organisations.
  • To work closely with NIHR ARC members and stakeholders to build a strong and positive culture of PICE across the region and help ensure good representation of public members on all research themes, groups and boards.
  • Work closely with the NHS-based ARC PICE post holder to ensure streamlined processes and effective communications to enable a co-ordinated, joined up approach to PICE which may involve promoting events through appropriate communication channels such as press, websites and social media.
  • Plan and support the delivery of a programme of conference, events, meetings and workshops within the scope of the PICE activity and manage the capture, reporting and dissemination of regular feedback to ensure continuous improvement. 
  • To produce high quality outputs from PICE activity including publications for peer reviewed journals, publicity materials and reports, website content and other written materials to ensure optimal external visibility of the NIHR ARC.
  • To facilitate community and public involvement in all aspects of applied health research including disseminating research findings to a wide range of audiences, including professionals, policy makers, third sector and lay people.
  • Maintain the ARC PICE communications and activity by working closely with other NIHR infrastructures.
  • Build and maintain a database of (local and national) charities, community groups and other networks for the purpose of eliciting community and public input, advertising meetings and disseminating research findings.
  • Support the annual reporting requirements of the NIHR ARC.
  • Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the projects and give progress reports as required.
  • Be aware of and comply with current data protection legislation; and ensure that all activity, data collection and management comply with these demands.
  • Any other relevant activities required by the Director of the ARC Leadership team including the Director, Deputy Director, PPU/E portfolio lead and ARC Programme Manager.
  • Working with the NIHR SPHR Director and the NIHR SPHR Lead for public involvement and engagement, deliver elements of the NIHR SPHR PI&E Strategy and evaluate the impact of public involvement and engagement in the School. 

 

 

The Person

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential)

  • Clear knowledge and experience of Public Involvement and Engagement principles and practices
  • Experience of developing and/or working with a range of public engagement networks and experts by experience in health and/or social care
  • Evidence of ability to produce peer reviewed publications and disseminate knowledge in a variety of formats
  • Evidence of successfully working across several projects at one time
  • Evidence of ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with others, but also to work independently
  • Experience of successfully designing and delivering public involvement and engagement events
  • Experience of facilitating collaborative working across multi-professional teams
  • The ability to communicate well to a wide range of audiences using a range of presentation approaches
  • The ability maintain confidentiality and to handle difficult or sensitive situations
  • Be able to work flexibly with regard to hours of work including occasional evenings, and hold a full clean driving licence
  • To have relevant IT skills

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Desirable)

  • Ability to use initiative, prioritise and show a creative approach to problem solving
  • Chairing skills
  • Project management experience
  • Knowledge and experience of health and social care policy relating to public involvement and community engagement

 

Qualifications (Essential)

  • Educated to PhD level

 

 

 

Senior Research Associate

 

Key Accountabilities

 

  • Leading the development and delivery of an NIHR ARC PICE strategy for the region.
  • Leading research on all aspects of Public Involvement including the theory, best practice, process and outcome evaluation of PICE
  • Building capacity and expertise in PICE across the NIHR ARC and its specific research themes.
  • Managing, monitoring, reporting and evaluating PICE activities and associated learning, including capturing impact case studies;
  • Influencing policy and practice by collaborating with key stakeholders in the local and national health economy;
  • Working collaboratively with other NIHR Infrastructure PPI/E leads, as part of the “One NIHR” joined up approach to PICE.
  • Working collaboratively with communications, training and implementation leads on PICE.
  • Working collaboratively with VOICE, and partner University Engagement teams to support the national and international expansion of PICE so that it is visible and accessible to a wide range of the public and the wider community.
  • Working with the NIHR SPHR Director and the NIHR SPHR Lead for public involvement and engagement, deliver elements of the NIHR SPHR PI&E Strategy and evaluate the impact of public involvement and engagement in the School. 
  • To lead PICE strategy development and delivery across the NIHR ARC to ensure high quality and relevant applied health and care research, knowledge mobilization, Implementation, Capacity building and Capability development.
  • To conduct high quality research on the theory, practice, processes and outcomes of PICE activity in Applied Health research and Implementation.
  • To proactively identify opportunities for the future development of the NIHR ARC PICE agenda across all sectors of the Care system.
  • Be responsible for building strong relationships with external engagement network leads and members through relevant local, regional & national NIHR infrastructure (including NIHR Involve) and other NHS, public and patient groups/organisations.
  • To proactively work closely with NIHR ARC members and stakeholders to build a strong and positive culture of PICE across the region and help ensure good representation of public members on all research themes, groups and boards.
  • To work in partnership with the NHS-based PICE post holder to ensure high quality streamlined processes and effective communications to enable a co-ordinated approach which may involve promoting events through appropriate communication channels such as press, websites and social media.
  • To lead the delivery of a programme of conference, events, meetings and workshops within the scope of the PICE activity and manage the capture, reporting and dissemination of regular feedback to ensure continuous improvement. 
  • To produce high quality outputs from PICE activity including publications for peer reviewed journals, publicity materials and reports, website content and other written materials to ensure optimal external visibility of the NIHR ARC.
  • To actively engage with community and public members to ensure their supported involvement in all aspects of applied health research including disseminating research findings to a wide range of audiences, including professionals, policy makers, third sector and lay people.
  • To ensure ARC PICE communications are of the highest quality both nationally and regionally and work closely with other NIHR infrastructures.
  • To ensure the ARC has a up-to-date database of (local and national) charities, community groups and other networks for the purpose of eliciting community and public input, advertising meetings and disseminating research findings.
  • To support the annual reporting requirements of the NIHR ARC and support community members to contribute as appripriate.
  • Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the projects and give progress reports as required.
  • Be aware of and comply with current data protection legislation; and ensure that all activity, data collection and management comply with these demands.
  • Any other relevant activities required by the Director of the ARC Leadership team including the Director, Deputy Director, PPU/E portfolio lead and ARC Programme Manager.
  • Working with the NIHR SPHR Director and the NIHR SPHR Lead for public involvement and engagement, deliver elements of the NIHR SPHR PI&E Strategy and evaluate the impact of public involvement and engagement in the School. 

 

 

The Person

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential)

  • Excellent knowledge and experience of Public Involvement and Engagement theories, principles and practices
  • Experience of leading work with a wide range of national and regional public engagement networks and experts by experience in health and/or social care
  • Evidence of ability to regularly produce high quality peer reviewed publications and disseminate knowledge in a variety of formats
  • Evidence of successfully working across several projects at one time
  • Evidence of ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with colleagues from a wide variety of sectors, and to set up and develop new networks
  • Experience of successfully evaluating the design, delivery and impact of public involvement and community engagement activity
  • Experience of facilitating collaborative working across multi-professional teams
  • The ability to communicate well to a wide range of audiences using a range of presentation approaches
  • The ability maintain confidentiality and to handle difficult or sensitive situations
  • Be able to work flexibly with regard to hours of work including occasional evenings, and hold a full clean driving licence
  • To have relevant IT skills

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Desirable)

  • Ability to use initiative, prioritise and show a creative approach to problem solving
  • Chairing skills
  • Programme management experience
  • Knowledge and experience of health and social care policy relating to public involvement and community engagement

 

Qualifications (Essential)

  • Educated to PhD level

 

Qualifications (Desirable)

  • Have a Masters degree in a relevant subject

 

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: 3281