Research Assistant/Associate

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 05th Aug 2021
  • Salary: £28,331 - £29,176 with progression to £30,046 per annum
  • REF: 10222
  • 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: Research Assistant: £28,331 – £29,176 with progression to £30,046per annum

Research Associate: £30,942 – £32,817 with progression to £40,322 per annum

Closing Date:5 September2021

The Role

Applications are invited for a talented, ambitious and productive Research Assistant or Research Associate to work on a multi-site project funded via the NIHR’s National Priority Area Research Programme 2020-23 via the ‘Prevention including Behavioural Risk Factors’ Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Consortium.

You will have either a PhD (Research Associate only) or relevant qualifications/experience (Research Assistant), ideally in the field of public health, implementation science, or health services research, and an interest in tobacco control. Required skills will include supporting the development of research studies and analysis plans; conducting and analysing qualitative (e.g. interviews) and/or quantitative (e.g. surveys, routine data) research and data, respectively.

You will also have experience of (or, potential for, if Research Assistant role) writing for high quality peer reviewed journals; support day-to-day study management including securing ethical approval; 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 regionally and nationally. You will be self-motivated and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. You will be appointed to a suitable point on the common pay scale according to qualifications and experience.

This is a full time, fixed term post for2 years

Further information can be obtained by contacting either Dr Ryc Aquino (, Dr Sheena Ramsay ( or Professor Eileen Kaner (

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.

Key Accountabilities

  • Collaborate with all members of the research team to deliver on the study protocols
  • Undertake analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
  • Contribute to the development of new projects arising from this work
  • Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the projects
  • Support the wider collaboration with ARC partners and external stakeholders across England
  • Help prepare papers for publication, and disseminate findings at conferences as required
  • Contribute towards running Patient and Public Involvement groups
  • Support supervision of masters student dissertations
  • Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills
  • Contribute to the wider activities of the ARC including its research themes, particularly Prevention, early intervention and behaviour change and Health inequalities and marginalised communities
  • Wider contribution to the institute and take on tasks as requested by the Dean

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team
  • Knowledge and experience of working with quantitative and qualitative datasets
  • Ability to carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Interest in tobacco control research
  • Evidence of potential to write for peer reviewed publications
  • Evidence of presenting research findings at conferences (Desirable)
  • Experience of, or training, in health economics (Desirable)
  • Experience of supporting the preparation of research proposals to help secure future grant income (Desirable)
  • Experience of mixed-methods evaluations (Desirable)
  • Experience of NHS research governance procedures (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to prioritise key tasks
  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage priorities
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality


  • A PhD (Essential for Research Associate only) or higher degree and/or qualification (Assistant level) related to public health using mixed-methods research methods, or equivalent experience

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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