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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate

Requisition ID:  1220
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  22-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: £30,942 - £32,817, rising to £40,322 for Research Asscoiate, £41,526 - £44,045 rising to £49,533 for Senior Research Associate  

Closing Date: 13 December 2019

 

The role

Applications are invited for talented and ambitious Research Associates or Senior Research Associates to work within our newly designated NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) covering the North East and North Cumbria and to work across all ARCs as part of our national leadership in Prevention and in Inequalities. 

 

The successful candidates will have a doctorate in a relevant topic and experience proportionate to the level of post applied for in Public Health/Prevention and also in Health and Social Inequalities. Required skills will include: the development of research studies and analysis plans; quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis; 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 and care system; and a willingness to work with research partners across multiple Universities. Successful applicants 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 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.

 

Full Time or job share – two full time posts are available, each over four years.

 

We would encourage applicants to obtain further information before applying by contacting Professor Eileen Kaner (NIHR ARC Director - Eileen.kaner@newcastle.ac.uk), Professor Ashley Adamson (national lead for Prevention - Ashley.adamson@newcastle.ac.uk) and Professor Clare Bambra (national lead for Inequalities - Clare.bambra@newcastle.ac.uk)  and indicating on your application which area you are specifically interested in ie Public Health/Prevention or Health and Social Inequalities.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Senior Research Associate

Key Accountabilities

  • Show academic leadership in applied research in prevention and/or inequalities in the NIHR Applied Health Research Collaboration both regionally and nationally.
  • 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 IHS 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 Prevention and/or Inequalities ARC themes or the Director.

 

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A PhD in a relevant subject
  • Significant experience of conducting high quality research in an academic environment
  • Significant experience of conducting applied health research in the areas of prevention and/or inequalities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • 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
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work in teams, across disciplines
  • Ability to prepare reports and papers for presentation at national and international conferences and 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
  • 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

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

 

Qualification

  • A Masters 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 prevention and/or inequalities 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 Prevention and/or Inequalities or the Director

 

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A PhD in a relevant subject
  • Experience of conducting high quality research in applied health particularly relating to prevention and/or inequalities
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • 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
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • 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

Desirable

  • 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 research
  • Experience of work within a context of Public Involvement and Public Engagement (PPI/E)

 

Qualification

  • A Masters 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.

 

Requisition ID: 1220