Research Assistant/Associate Dental Sciences

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £28,756.00 - £32,344.00 per annum
  • REF: 15241
  • Closes: 25th January 2022
  • 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: £28,756.00 – £32,344.00 per annum

Closing Date: 25 January2022

The Role

The School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University is leading a multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial across England and Scotland. The ENHANCE-D Trial (Enhancing Dental Health Advice) aims to evaluate the effectiveness, cost- effectiveness and safety of several enhanced smoking cessation interventions.

We are seeking a Research Assistant/Associate to primarily lead and conduct the qualitative evaluation within this study, applicants should have experience of conducting high quality research in tobacco control and e-cigarettes.

This post is fixed term for a period of 18 months at 14.8 hours per week.

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As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, 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.

For informal enquiries contact: Dr Richard Holliday, Senior Clinical Lecturer, School of Dental Sciences,

Key Accountabilities

•Although working under the general guidance of an academic or Principal Investigator, the post holder will contribute ideas, including enhancements to the technical or methodological aspects of their studies, thus providing substantial ‘added value’
•Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the personal requirements
•Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support where required
•Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding

•Begin to write, with appropriate support, proposals for individual research funding or, where funders do not permit this, contribute to the writing of collective bids
•Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
•Contribute to the writing up of their research for publication and dissemination, either through seminar and conference presentations or through publications
•Present research findings, either at conferences or through publications in reputable outlets appropriate to the discipline
•May be involved in the supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate research projects and in providing support to postgraduate research students or Research Assistants
•Will need to work with the support staff and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the Institute
•May contribute to events celebrating the public engagement of science/social sciences/humanities
•Develop an awareness of University structures, policies and procedures and relevant issues in the higher education, research, social and political environment

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

•Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills
•Detailed subject knowledge (PI to describe subject knowledge required) in the area of research
•Likelihood of advanced skills directly related to the research projects
•High level of analytical and problem-solving capability
•Ability to communicate complex information with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others
•Experience of research with clear transferable skills and some experience or awareness of the research environment
•Presentations at conferences and/or high-quality publications
•Experience of conducting high quality research in applied health particularly relating to tobacco control
•A good working knowledge of novel nicotine products (particularly e-cigarettes) including product types, regulation and public health approaches

Attributes and Behaviour

•Ability to work independently and as part of the research project team
•Ability to prioritise key tasks
•Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
•Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others

•Good honours degree (or equivalent) with some subject knowledge in the relevant area (Research Assistant)
•A PhD in the research area required (Research Associate)

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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