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Research Associate

Social Policy and Social Work
33,309 - 40,927 a year The salary spine point is subject to external funding conditions
Grade 6
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Fixed term
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University of York campus
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To be confirmed
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Role Description


This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced and supportive research team in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York. We are looking for a skilled Research Associate to work on a study funded by the NIHR Policy Research Programme on unmet substance misuse treatment need among crack and heroin users, and problem drinkers. This is a challenging, innovative and high profile study, which carries real potential to impact on policy and practice in the drug and alcohol field. The post will be located within the new Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre at the University of York and you will therefore be embedded within a busy, supportive group of researchers working in a similar field. You will be line-managed by the PI on the study, Professor Charlie Lloyd.


You will undertake multiple research tasks in the course of this study under the supervision of senior colleagues. You will negotiate access to substance-using research participants through treatment services, hospitals and NGOs, work alongside and support peer researchers and undertake interviews with hard-to-reach drug users in a range of settings. You will also contribute to analysis and write up for publication.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You should have a PhD in a relevant social science or public health/health science subject or equivalent experience. You will have knowledge of drug use and drug and alcohol treatment services and an understanding of the challenges involved in undertaking research with vulnerable people. You will have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research, conducting research with substance users or vulnerable groups, and presenting and publishing research findings for a variety of audiences. You will also have advanced qualitative research and organisational skills. You will be able and willing to travel to Middlesbrough and London.

Condition of appointment

Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Interview date: to be confirmed.

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Charlie Lloyd.

Condition of employment

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form.

Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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