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Senior Research Methodologist & PPI Advisor

Requisition ID:  1078
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  29-Oct-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 - £55,750 pro rata 

Closing Date: 26 November 2019

 

Working with the PPIE strategic advisor, the Directors, and others members of the team, you will support the strategic aims and activities of the NIHR Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria (NIHR RDS NENC), which support NIHR strategic aims. You will be the first point of contact with the NIHR RDS NENC team for investigators from NHS, public health, social care, and Higher Education Institutions across the North East and North Cumbria who are preparing applications for national peer-reviewed funding for health and social care research.

 

 

You will hold a PhD in social care research, health research or a related discipline, and training and experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods.  You will have specialist skills in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement.

 

You will continue to advance your research portfolio outside of your RDS role.

 

You will work across North East and North Cumbria.

 

Further information regarding the RDS NENC can be found via the following link:

https://rds-nenc.nihr.ac.uk/

 

This is a part time post at 0.6 FTE, fixed term until 30th September 2023.

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Professor Helen Hancock (via Niesha.Doyle@ncl.ac.uk).

 

                                                     

 The Research Role Profile

 

As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of 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.

 

You will be positioned in the NIHR Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria, hosted within the Institute of Health & Society, at Newcastle University and will work across North East and North Cumbria. You will support the strategic aims and activities of the NIHR Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria (NIHR RDS NENC), which support NIHR strategic aims. You will be the first point of contact with the NIHR RDS NENC team for investigators from NHS, public health, social care, and Higher Education Institutions across the North East and North Cumbria who are preparing applications for national peer-reviewed funding for health and social care research.

 

You will hold specialist skills in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement, working with the PPIE strategic lead, the Directors, and others. You will continue to advance their research portfolio outside their RDS role. 

 

Responsibilities

 

  • As part of the RDS team, provide the point of contact for clinicians, academic staff and researchers developing research proposals for submission to nationally peer reviewed funding bodies;
  • Work closely with the RDS NENC PPIE strategic lead to implement activities in support of RDS NENC strategic aims, ensuring ongoing development, and identifying and mitigating risk to ensure successful delivery of the NIHR contract;
  • Work closely with the RDS NENC PPIE strategic lead across NIHR infrastructure to support delivery of NIHR PPIE strategy;  
  • Deputise for the RDS NENC strategic lead at regional and national forums (e.g. NIHR / INVOLVE) as appropriate;
  • Support RDS NENC Advisors to embed Public Involvement advice across the research spectrum, working to enable efficient and equitable access to the service;
  • Alongside specialists (including statisticians, health economists, social care, clinical trials units, and other stakeholder organisations), provide high level advice to investigators including on research questions, methods and impact;
  • Co-ordinate and Chair meetings with patients and members of the public, investigators and specialists to ensure these are constructive and efficient and that actions are clear;
  • Remain up to date with RDS NENC and national (including NIHR) developments, including leading on the requirements of funding programmes, sharing details with investigators and RDS colleagues;
  • Work with others in the RDS NENC team to develop and operationalise common processes across the region and enable equity in service provision and access; 
  • Work as part of the RDS NENC team to promote access to the RDS service in NHS, higher education, public health and social care settings and other relevant settings by regularly holding surgeries and ad-hoc advice sessions throughout the North East and North Cumbria;
  • Play an active part in local, regional and national research networks, developing contacts with external bodies including funders and research leads locally, regionally and nationally;
  • Promote the RDS NENC at national events, including leading discussions or chairing sessions at conferences, playing a prominent role in driving forward the national work programme of the RDS;
  • Ensure that RDS activities are achieved to quality standards and deadlines, ensuring these data are recorded in an accurate, timely manner in the regional database;
  • Regularly review individual and collective data on RDS NENC and national activities, analysing and monitoring own and RDS performance against projected milestones to inform focused action within the region, and reports;
  • Undertake appropriate continuing professional development in order to remain up to date with research methods and to continue to develop leadership skills;
  • Contribute to activities associated with the running and administration of the Institute, or perform other duties as required by the Institute Director.

 

 

Person Specification

 

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience - Essential

 

  • PhD in social care research, health research or related discipline e.g. health services research, health economics, health psychology, human nutrition, public health, medical sociology, health technology assessment, statistics, or commensurate professional experience
  • Experience of conducting research
  • Training and experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
  • Significant knowledge and experience in area of expertise
  • Familiarity with the range of methods used in applied health and social care research (including clinical trials, systematic reviews and qualitative research)
  • Experience of acting as a peer reviewer, for grant awarding bodies and/or academic journals
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex ideas and communicate these simply to broad audiences
  • Strong planning and team working skills
  • Ability and evidence to lead research teams
  • Enthusiastic, innovative approach to challenges
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to independently work efficiently under pressure and to multiple deadlines
  • Ability to monitor research budgets
  • Ability to contribute to broader organisational processes
  • Significant experience of undertaking successful health services research, individually or collaboratively, as evidenced by international quality publications, presentations etc.
  • Experience of health research in an academic environment, including an understanding of issues in higher education, plus the research, social and political environments to inform own research and advise RDS clients regarding theirs
  • Significant methodological experience and hands on experience of designing and delivering research projects
  • Proven knowledge of funding environment in social care research and applied health research, including experience of preparing research funding proposals
  • Track record of winning research grants as a lead or co-applicant.
  • Sound knowledge of the processes and requirements of conducting health and social care related research
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills (written and oral)
  • Willingness to travel frequently within the North East and North Cumbria region and occasionally within the UK.
  • Self-motivated and pro-active
  • Ability to provide leadership in multi-disciplinary settings
  • Ability to work with colleagues from a wide range of professional and research backgrounds and roles
  • Ability to manage own work load and prioritise a complex set of responsibilities
  • Flexibility with respect to working hours (in exceptional circumstances)

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience – Desirable

 

  • High level of peer-review activities, including membership of research funding boards / committees
  • Experience of supervising less experienced researchers
  • Current driving licence
  • Car owner

 

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: 1078