Lecturer in Public Health (Qualitative)

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Nov 2021
  • Salary: Salary :£42,149 to £44,706, rising to £50,296
  • REF: 12661
  • Closes: 15th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

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 to £44,706, rising to £50,296

Closing Date: 15 December2021

The Role

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiasticLecturer to lead and further develop research and teaching in qualitative public health, with a focus on health inequalities, the social determinants of health and qualitative research methods. As part of this role you will be expected to contribute to curriculum development and the wider academic, scholarly and professional requirements of the Institute and the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University.

The role will involve undertaking and leading research and teaching in health inequalities and qualitative research methods within the Population Health Science Institute, Newcastle University; the development and leadership of a focussed programme of innovative research which complements existing health inequalities research within the Institute; developing an effective strategy for attracting research funding from major national research funders (e.g. NIHR, ESRC, Wellcome Trust, MRC) to build a vibrant research group of post-doctoral and PhD researchers; and engaging with and supporting the research agendas of our regional, national and international collaborations (including the NIHR School of Public Health Research, Fuse: Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria, and CHAIN: Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research).

This is a full time, open ended post.

The Population Health Sciences Institute is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students. Applications for part time/flexible working and/or jobshare will be considered; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Clare Bambra clare.bambra@newcastle.ac.uk

Key Accountabilities

  • To strategically shape the research direction of the Public Health and Heath Inequalities Faculty research theme, and current research topics in the health inequalities team in consultation with appropriate senior academic colleagues in the Population Health Sciences Institute
  • To work independently and to take a lead in developing and submitting research proposals to external funders; manage research, ensuring the projects are within budget, meet milestones and the deadlines for completion
  • To demonstrate expertise and academic leadership with a view to supporting and developing academic researchers, collaborators and post graduate students in the Population Health Sciences Institute, including mentoring and co-ordinating the work of Early Career Researchers and support staff, including identifying training and development needs
  • To create and maintain strong collaborative links with other researchers based in the Institute, Faculty, University, and external partners working in the relevant field of research, and to develop collaborative links with international colleagues working in this area.
  • To successfully bid for research funds from prestigious funders
  • To publish in high impact peer reviewed journals and to present findings/research papers at national and international conferences
  • To produce research and activities that lead to societal impact
  • To lead and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and assessment; supervise undergraduate and Masters dissertations and postgraduate research students
  • To carry out other management and administrative tasks within the Public Health and Health Inequalities Faculty Research Theme and the Population Health Sciences Institute, the Faculty and the University as required by line manager and the Institute Dean.

The Person – Essential

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Track record of success in bidding for and attracting competitive external research funding from prestigious funders
  • Excellent record of publications suitable for REF submission
  • Knowledge of research ethics, good research practice and research governance
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct high quality research in health inequalities and the social determinants of health that commands international recognition
  • Evidence of ability to carry out high quality qualitative research in health inequalities and the social determinants of health within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones
  • Evidence of advanced and diverse qualitative methodological skills
  • Evidence of teaching experience and ability to lead and contribute to the delivery of, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes in health inequalities and the social determinants of health and qualitative research methods within the Institute and Faculty
  • Ability to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects/dissertations in health sciences
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (including presentations to academic/non-academic audiences, written outputs)
  • Record of engagement with relevant national or international research networks or institutions
  • Evidence of ability, and willingness, to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Experience of working with practitioners and policy makers in health inequalities and the social determinants of health

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Role model of the University values and guiding principles
  • Committed and enthusiastic
  • Ambitious
  • Confident communicator
  • Works in partnership with others and has exceptional interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Empathetic to the needs of staff and of a diverse student body
  • Promotes a culture of mutual respect
  • Willingness to engage in leadership roles within the Institute


Qualitative PhD in health inequalities, public health or the social determinants of health (from any related discipline e.g. sociology, psychology, geography, social policy, public health)

  • 2:1 or First class undergraduate degree in any relevant discipline (e.g. sociology, geography, health sciences, psychology, social policy etc)


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) or equivalent qualification for teaching in UK Higher Education

  • Masters in any related discipline (e.g. sociology, psychology, geography, social policy, public health)
  • Evidence of PhD supervision

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 ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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