Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Overview

  • Posted on: 02nd Aug 2021
  • Salary: Senior Research Associate: £41,526 - £44,045, with progression to£49,553 per annum Research Associate: £30,942- £32,817 with progression to £40,322 per annum
  • REF: 9761
  • 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 :Senior Research Associate: £41,526 – £44,045, with progression to£49,553 per annum

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

Closing Date:16 August 2021

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to develop a programme of research in collaboration with academics at Newcastle University and the Healthy Ageing Team at Public Health England.* You will be the lead researcher on a new academic – policy/practice partnership, based in the Population Health Sciences Institute. You will have (or be developing) research excellence in the areas of healthy ageing, complex health needs and long-term conditions. Candidates with quantitative or qualitative research skills may apply, and applications from researchers with mixed methods experience are particularly welcome. You will playa key role in developing and delivering a research programme to address national public health priorities in ageing.

This post offers a unique opportunity to help shape national policy and practice whilst developing a career in public health ageing research. You will sit within the NIHR Policy Research Unit Older People and Frailty research team, at Newcastle University.

This post is full time, fixed term for 36 months.

For informal enquiries contact Professor Barbara Hanratty Barbara.Hanratty@newcastle.ac.uk

*On 18 August 2020, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced plans to establish a new agency (then referred to as the National Institute for Health Protection) to lead on health protection in England and to consult on the best future options for strengthening health improvement and other public health functions in the wider system. On 24 March 2021, the Secretary of State announced the new agency would be called the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), and on 29 March he announced the creation of the Office for Health Promotion (within the Department of Health & Social Care). Public Health England and many of its employees and work programmes will be in scope for transition to new organisations in Autumn 2021.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop a strong and constructive working relationship with the Health Inequalities and Life-Course team at Public Health England. Their Productive Healthy Ageing Programme is based on the World Health Organisation framework for healthy ageing, which focuses on increasing and maintaining functional capacity as people age. A key goal is to ensure 5 extra years of healthy and independent life for everyone by 2035, whilst reducing inequalities
  • Take a leading role in the identification and of research priorities, and agreeing a programme of research with University and PHE colleagues, to contribute to the future development and evaluation of the Productive Healthy Ageing (PHA) programme. This is expected to encompass evidence synthesis as well as secondary data analysis and some primary research
  • Assume responsibility for the conduct of agreed research, including data analysis, to ensure the aims and objectives of the programme are addressed.This will include:
  • Drafting of accessible summaries for different audiences, including the public, preparing reports for funders and peer reviewed publications, presenting data at group meetings and conferences, and preparing feedback for research participants
  • Participating in appropriate public and patient involvement and engagement work, as required
  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records to document the research progress. Report progress regularly to the local team and PHE

4.You will provide support to the PHA Expert Advisory Group and Academic Sub Group (or equivalent group) when required, within the limits of their experience and competencies

5.Develop applications for external funding from prestigious funders, to develop the healthy ageing agenda

6. You will be expected to manage your own time and plan activities, to ensure that the broad, strategic aims of the role are being met. You will need to work to tight deadlines and be extremely

organised in delivering the programme of work. You will be supported to develop and manage the work, guided by the agreed research plan and time-table, and working closely with

academic colleagues in the Population Health Sciences Institute

7.Within the confines of this appointment, you will be expected to identify and (with approval) undertake personal professional development

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Senior Research Associate)

  • Significant experience of conducting high quality research in an academic environment
  • Substantial experience of applied public health, health or social care research
  • Knowledge of the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews
  • Evidence of skills in quantitative AND/OR qualitative research methods. Applications from candidates with mixed methods experience are particularly welcome.
  • Ability to carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Demonstrable ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice
  • Proven ability to work in teams, across disciplines
  • Ability to prepare reports and papers for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings
  • Ability to write for high quality peer reviewed journals evidenced by publication track record
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant software data management packages
  • Knowledge of current challenges in public health ageing research (Desirable)
  • Experience of conducting research specifically to address public health questions(Desirable)
  • Significant relevant experience of research relevant to older adults and the ageing agenda(Desirable)
  • Experience of presenting findings at leading health, public health and social science conferences(Desirable)
  • Experience of research supervision of students or supervision / delegation to early career researchers(Desirable)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Research Associate)

  • Experience of conducting high quality research in an academic environment
  • Experience of applied public health, health or social care research
  • Knowledge of the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews
  • Evidence of skills in quantitative AND/OR qualitative research methods. Applications from candidates with mixed methods experience are particularly welcome
  • Ability to carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and protect research/personal data according to protocols and principles of good research practice
  • Ability to work in teams, across disciplines
  • Ability to prepare reports and papers for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings
  • Evidence of ability to write for high quality peer reviewed publications
  • Evidence of skills in using relevant software data management packages
  • Knowledge of current challenges in public health ageing research(Desirable)
  • Experience of conducting research specifically to address public health questions(Desirable)
  • Experience of research relevant to older adults and the ageing agenda(Desirable)
  • Experience of presenting findings at leading health, public health and social science conferences(Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviours

  • Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the research team, developing constructive working relationships across different institutions/organisations in practice and policy
  • Ability to build internal and external contacts and participate in networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration
  • Ability to prioritise key tasks to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting demands
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others
  • Ability to command the respect of established health and social care professionals from a range of disciplines and specialities
  • Ability to develop an academic leadership role in healthy ageing research in the Population Health Sciences Institute

Qualifications (Senior Research Associate/Research Associate)

  • A PhD in a relevant subject
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in public health or a subject relevant to public health(Desirable)

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.

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