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Research Assistant (Pool Position)

We are looking to recruit researchers to work on research projects in areas aligned with the research expertise and activities underway within the Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester.

These areas include health and wellbeing (adult mental ill-health, living with long-term conditions, patient experience), dementia, working well and violence prevention. We have a particular interest in researchers with experience of applied research and those familiar with the adoption of mixed methods approaches. Researchers with an interest in innovative qualitative approaches are also encouraged to apply.

*If successful in your application you will be added to our pool of researchers. As and when research projects become available that best match with your skill set and the role you have applied for, you will be approached to work on the project. The projects will vary in length (normally from 3 – 6 months), in most instances will be externally funded, and may require full-time or part-time working.

Please state clearly on your application form if you wish to be considered for full or part time work, or both. If applying for part time work only, please state the maximum number of hours you wish to work.

This post will be aligned with research activities underway across the Institute and will involve working on one or more specific research project, usually under the general supervision of a project leader. Given the applied nature of our research within the Institute, we are looking for experience in relation to mixed methods approaches to research, with a particular focus on qualitative research methods.

The project leader will depend on the research work being supported, but all arrangements for management and supervision will be overseen by Professor Eleanor Bradley (Director of Research, Institute of Health and Society).

The post-holder will be expected to manage their own activities and prioritise their own workload within agreed objectives to ensure that all activities are completed to deadlines. The post-holder will assist with a research project, by, for example, undertaking literature reviews, collecting and collating data and undertaking and recording the outcomes of experiments.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Wednesday 04 Apr 2018

Reference number: IHS(RP)1802 - 3575

Job details

Job details

Salary
Band 5 £21,585 to £24,983 a year for full time posts (pro rata salary for part time hours)
Hours
To be confirmed (see * below). Could be full or part time, depending on the requirements of the project. Full time hours are 37 hours a week.
Start
By agreement
Duration
To be confirmed (typically between 3 and 6 months, but could vary, depending upon the requirements of the project)
Responsible to
Professor Eleanor Bradley, Director of Research
Responsible for
N/A
Interview date
Interviews to be held on Thursday 26th April 2018

Institute of Health and Society

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Background

Background

The University

The University of Worcester is one of the fastest growing HEIs in the UK. It is a progressive, friendly institution, which currently welcomes over 12,000 full-time and part-time students a year. It offers excellent courses with flexible study options, and as the only University of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, it enjoys strong vocational links with regional business, creative, education, health and social care communities.

Research at Worcester

Research at the University of Worcester has grown significantly over the last 10 years. This grown is most clearly seen in the outcomes of the Research Excellence Framework 2015 (REF 2014). Worcester was the most improved University in the UK based on Research Fortnight’s “Research Power” measure, reflecting a more than four-fold increase in the number of staff submitted compared to RAE 2008 and a commensurate increase in the quality of the research. As a consequence of its REF 2014 submission, Worcester’s QR income for 2015-2016 went up by 241% from 2014-2015.

Institute of Health and Society

The Institute is a multi-disciplinary academic unit bringing together four academic departments; Psychology; Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Science; Applied Professional Studies; and Health and Applied Social Sciences; two internationally acclaimed research and education centres, the Association of Dementia Studies and the Centre for Violence Prevention. The Institute is also home to the Mood Disorders Research Group, which jointly leads the internationally renowned Bipolar Disorder Research Network in collaboration with Cardiff University.

The Institute is committed to playing a leading role in researching and developing innovative and creative solutions in health and wellbeing. Our research is highlight applied to real world issues which provide significant opportunity to impact positively on peoples’ lives, to contribute to the development of practice and to lead and influence policy. Our research covers a wide breadth of disciplines and applications: areas of research expertise include dementia studies, domestic violence and abuse, adult mental ill-health, psychological health and wellbeing, working well, patient experience, resilience and early parenting.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To conduct literature and database searches.

2. To support the preparation and set up of research projects, including the preparation of documents for university and/or NHS and/or NRC (Prison and Probation) ethics approval.

3. To contribute to the planning of research programmes and / or projects.

4. To develop questionnaire and interview / focus group schedules as required.

5. To conduct data collection for surveys / interviews / focus groups as required.

6. To make use of standard research techniques and methods, including data entry, analysis and interpretation of research results.

7. To contribute to the production of research reports and publications.

8. To present information on research progress and outcomes.

9. To liaise with colleagues and external research sponsors (if any) as deemed necessary by research supervisor.

10. To plan own day-to-day activity within the framework of the agreed research programme or project, with guidance if required.

11. To co-ordinate own work with that of others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort.

12. To deal with problems which may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

 

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.


Essential Criteria

1. Degree in psychology, sociology or related discipline or the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree.

2. Knowledge of appropriate research methods including, for example, carrying out literature searches, developing questionnaires, conducting interviews, carrying analyses and / or tests.

3. Systematic and organised approach to work.

4. Ability to work independently and organise own research workload with general supervision from senior colleagues.

5. Commitment to high quality research.

6. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly to a wide rnge of people, both orally and in writing.

7. Strong interpersonal skills.

8. Good report writing skills. 

Desirable Criteria

1. Some previous relevant work experience including: research experience in an applied setting (e.g healthcare, social care, with victims or offenders).

2. Data analysis skills (quantitative, qualitative or both).

3. Presentation skills.

4. Post-graduate qualification.

Disclosure: Depending on the nature of the research project, you may be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a Criminal Records Check/Barred List Check.


Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration .

Visit www.naric.org.uk/visasandnationality  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

 

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