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Research Fellow

Institute of Applied Health Research

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 18th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434
  • REF: 98328
  • Closes: 02nd December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time


The postholder will work in conjunction with another research fellow across two applied health research studies: the FUEL study and NAP SACC-UK.

The FUEL study – this is a National Institute for Health Research-PHR-funded mixed-methods study, which aims to evaluate the implementation and impact of the national School Food Standards and School Food Plan in secondary schools and their pupils. The study commenced in 2019 and school recruitment and data collection are ongoing. The study involves the collection of an extensive amount of data from schools, staff and pupils, which will be used to explore the school food environment and how supportive this is of healthy eating. The study also involves collecting qualitative data with staff and pupils in a small number of case-study schools. The postholder will work with the other Research Fellow to: complete all data collection in the wider school sample and in case-study schools; undertake data analysis; and write up the final study report and other outputs.

NAP SACC-UK – this is a National Institute for Health Research-PHR-funded multi-centre cluster randomised controlled trial, led by the University of Bristol. This trial aims to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an intervention in pre-school settings to increase physical activity, reduce sedentary time and improve the quality and quantity of nutritional intake of children. The trial has embedded process and economic evaluations. The postholder will work with the other Research Fellow to conduct the West-Midlands part of the trial. They will be responsible for recruitment and data collection in pre-school settings in Sandwell, and will undertake, or support other project staff to undertake study tasks.

Summary of Role

  • Across the two studies tasks will involve:
    • Day to day study management including supporting study governance processes
    • Recruitment of schools and early years settings
    • Recruitment of study participants (FUEL = secondary school children, NAP SACC-UK = pre-school children and parents)
    • Recruiting and managing staff to undertake fieldwork
    • Qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
    • Contributing to data entry, processing and storage
    • Contributing to organising training events
    • Reporting to PI (FUEL) and Local PI and Bristol-based trial team (NAP SACC-UK)
    • Reporting to Study Steering Group and Co-investigator meetings
    • Preparing presentations, reports and papers for publication

Main Duties/Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlines below.

  • Support study governance processes including liaison with ethics committee, trial master file/site file maintenance and updating study documents as needed
  • Recruit schools/pre-school settings and study participants (school children/pre-school children and parents
  • Review relevant literature and collect process and outcome research data (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Contribute to processing of collected data (e.g. nutritional data, canteen observation data, physical activity data)
  • Contribute to data analysis and interpretation (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understandingPresent and disseminate research outputs, including contributing to academic publications
  • Recruit, train and manage staff to undertake data collection
  • Provide guidance, as required, to research staff, support staff and students who are assisting with the research
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Contribute to Departmental/School teaching and research-related activities and administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Promote equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture

Person Specification

  • A high classification first degree and a PhD in a relevant population health research area
  • High level analytical capability in relevant research field
  • Fluency in quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Practical experience in mixed-methods research
  • Experience in population health-related behavioural research
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly to a variety of audiences, including children, parents and professionals
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the strategic planning and organisation of the research projects
  • Lead on the operational (day-to-day) management of the projects
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Ability to produce high quality presentations, reports for a variety of audiences and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquires to Miranda Pallan m.j.pallan@bham.ac.uk

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