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Research Trainee

School for Business and Society
27,131 - 33,314 per year
Grade 5
Contract status
Fixed term
Hours of work
Based at
University of York campus
Interview date
18 October 2022
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Role Description


This is an exciting opportunity to join the Applied Health and Social Care team in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. We are looking for a highly motivated Research Trainee with excellent organisational skills looking for a future in Social Care research to contribute to studies: “Development of a decision support tool for older people who pay for social care, and their families” led by Dr Kate Baxter and “Understanding and using experiences of dementia to develop a Socialcaretalk section for public, policy, educators and service providers” led by Dr Lyndsay Lindley.


Under the supervision of the project leads and senior researchers, you will develop skills in research methods, including literature searches, secondary analysis and data collection. You will also assist in preparing ‘plain English’ summaries and creating online resources for older people, carers and people living with dementia. The post holder will be an excellent communicator and sensitive to the needs of older people in care settings, including those living with dementia.

You will be given opportunities, and time, to engage in professional development to work towards progressing your research career.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Educated to degree level in social science-related area with qualitative research training components
  • Knowledge of older people’s care and understanding of living with dementia
  • Basic knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Understanding of relevant health & safety practices
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to assist with academic research. Examples may include preparing, setting up, conducting and recording the outcome of field work and conducting surveys.
  • Ability to organise own research workload to agreed deadlines and quality standards.
  • Excellent IT skills including the ability to maximise social media as appropriate.
  • High level oral communication skills to enable the effective presentation of research progress and outcomes to key stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate new and complex information effectively to a range of audiences
  • Ability to develop internal and external contacts in order to enhance knowledge and understanding and form relationships for future collaboration
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative
  • Experience of conducting academic research (e.g. at undergraduate or master’s level)
  • Experience of organising meetings and small events/activities
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for research in social care / older people
  • Helpful and approachable manner
  • Responsible, reliable and highly motivated
  • Willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines
  • Commitment to personal development and updating of knowledge and skillsExperience of working with older people in a health or social care environment would be an advantage

Interview date: 18 October 2022

For informal enquiries: please contact Lyndsay Lindley.

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.

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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