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Research Associate

Personal Social Services Research Unit

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £34,189 to £39,609
Grade:  Grade 7
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Ends 30/06/2021
Release Date:  Wednesday 08 May 2019
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 05 June 2019  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  Thursday 20 June 2019
Reference:  SS-023-19

We are looking for a Research Associate to work on two research projects both due to start in July 2019. The projects are funded by the NIHR’s Research for Patient Benefit Programme and are called ‘Developing a scale of work-related wellbeing at work for adult social care staff’ led by Professor Shereen Hussein, Associate Director of PSSRU; and ‘Measuring the social care outcomes of people with dementia and their carers’ led by Stacey Rand, Research Fellow at PSSRU. 

We are looking for people with a psychology, sociology or similar background who will learn and apply a range of research method; for example, outcome measure development (including cognitive interviewing), online and paper survey data collection, psychometrics, evaluation and effectiveness data analysis of survey or national datasets. The research will involve fieldwork, including running focus group discussions and interviews, setting up online surveys and desk-based analysis.

As Research Associate you will:

  • Take a leading role in conducting two NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme projects, this would include elements of data collection design, fieldwork and analysis
  • Carry out literature reviews and information searches
  • Design study materials, including study information sheets, consent forms, interview guides and questionnaires
  • Assist in the production of high-quality articles, reports, presentations and summaries from the earliest stages to submission

To be successful in the role you will:

  • Hold a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant subject area (or equivalent) 
  • Have knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Have experience of using statistical packages
  • Have the ability to write research reports, journal articles, and other written outputs (e.g. blogs)

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Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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