Research Assistant

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 25th May 2021
  • Salary: £28,331.00 - £30,046.00 per annum
  • REF: 8448
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • 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: £28,331.00 – £30,046.00per annum

Closing Date:8 June2021

The Role

We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant to support a new NIHR School for Social Care funded study on Bathing Adaptations in the Homes of Older Adults – The BATH-OUT-2 Trial. This study is taking place across four Local Authorities in England. This post will involve data collection in West Yorkshire and would either suit someone who was based in the West Yorkshire area or was prepared to undertake regular travel to the region.

The main purpose of the post is to work as an integral part of the ‘BATH-OUT-2’ project team, which is conducting a Randomised Controlled Trial of expedited versus routine provision of bathing adaptations. The project is a collaboration between Newcastle University, Northumbria University, University of York, University of Nottingham, Care & Repair England and four local authorities and focuses on the impact of bathing adaptations for older adults.

The Population Health Sciences Institute is committed to supporting equality, diversity and inclusion for all staff and students. Applications for part time/flexible working are welcome; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.

This is a full time, fixed term post for 2 years (there will be a 6 month internal pilot phase to allow the study to continue for the full 2 years, which can be discussed at interview)

For informal enquiries, please contact

Key Accountabilities

  • Help plan and conduct the research, supported by senior team members
  • Recruit older adults to take part in the study involving screening potential participants against eligibility criteria, providing information and study explanations and completing the informed consent process
  • Support the collection of data by completing a range of assessments with participants at baseline and follow-up time points
  • Accurately maintain all databases required for the project
  • Work collaboratively with other partners and stakeholders within and connected to the project group
  • Support public involvement activity in the project
  • Document research output, including, analysis and interpretation of data, maintaining records, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate
  • Contribute to the production of high quality outputs from research activity including (but not limited to) publications for peer reviewed journals, publicity materials and reports, website content
  • Be aware of, and comply with, current data protection legislation regarding data collection, analysis, reporting and storage.
  • Any other relevant activities required by the Principal Investigators

The Person – (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • An understanding of conducting research in a health and social care setting
  • Demonstrable understanding of clinical study design and/or evaluation methods
  • Ability to build effective relationships with a range of different stakeholders, across different levels
  • Evidence of potential to write for peer reviewed publications and present findings at conferences
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidently to a range of audiences and stakeholders
  • Evidence of the ability to deliver high-quality work within agreed timelines
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritise and to manage conflicting priorities
  • Aptitude to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Experience of working with older adults and / or users of social care services (Desirable)
  • Experience of undertaking literature searching and data monitoring (Desirable)
  • Advanced Excel skills including complex data queries and advanced functions (e.g. macros) (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Motivated, proactive researcher


  • An MSc or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant topic area, such as health and social care

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.

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.

Requisition ID: 8448

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