Senior Research Assistant
Location : Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
Salary : £28,981 - £35,223
Posted : 08 Mar 2022
End of advertisement period : 27 Mar 2022
Academic Discipline : Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health, Other Health & Social Care
Job Type : Research Related, Research Assistants / Officers
Contract Type : Fixed Term
Hours : Full Time
We are looking to recruit an ambitious Senior Research Assistant to work on two research projects related to the complexities of working between healthcare, social care and community services. The projects are hosted by the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Well being at Northumbria University, and are also embedded within the NIHR Applied Research Collaborative (ARC) North East and North Cumbria. The specific projects that you will contribute to are:
- Safe System Transitions (SafeST) study, funded by Dunhill Medical Trust. This study aims to better understand and improve safety incident reporting in care home settings following discharge from hospital (see https://research.northumbria.ac.uk/safest), and
- Implementation of mental health urgent and emergency care interventions for frequent service use: An evaluation study (HEAR), funded by Department of Health and Social Care. This study aims to understand how services are currently implemented for people who often use healthcare services.
Both projects are interdisciplinary in nature and apply a broad range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. This post is particularly suited with someone who has experience or knowledge of mixed methods, though experience or knowledge in only qualitative methods would also be sufficient due to the wider expertise in the team. You will be working closely with a range of participants including service users, family members, carers, healthcare professionals, managers and policy makers. Your primary role will be to conduct primary data collection that employs qualitative methods (e.g structured or semi-structured interviews) and quantitative (eg survey and social network mapping) methods, and to contribute to the analysis and write-up for a wide variety of audiences alongside a range of national and international collaborators from academia, health and social care practice and public representatives.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to link in with established networks within the region. They will become an ARC Mental Health Fellow, providing a unique opportunity to establish and develop regional networks in the field of mental health. They will also become part of the ‘Knowledge Mobilisation and Implementation Science’ and ‘Multimorbidity, Ageing and Frailty’ themes of the ARC, where you will be able to further develop your knowledge and expertise. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own research interests and use this post a springboard to further funding applications commensurate with their experience and qualifications, such as by applying for doctoral or post-doctoral fellowships and other funding streams. The position is ideal for someone who is interested in applied health and social care research in the context of applied health and social care research, as well as developing their methodological expertise by using a broad range of methods. To be eligible for this post you will have at least a Masters or equivalent in a subject relevant to health and/or social care, or social sciences. A PhD (either completed or near to completion) or equivalent in a relevent subject is desirable.
The post is full time with a normal working week of 37 hours. Working from home will be an option though there will be an expectation of attending meetings and events in-person, as well as regional travel for data collection, and national and/or international travel for conferences. Travel will be subject to University and Government travel restrictions.
This post is available full time, starting as soon as possible until 30th September 2023.
Please contact Dr Jason Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any queries or would like to have an informal discussion about the post.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 therefore the successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.
To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4. In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community.The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.
Please note this vacancy will close on 27/03/2022