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Research Associate

Social Policy and Social Work
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,076 Per year
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Role Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a social / health science researcher to join the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU). A multi-disciplinary unit, SPRU is a leading centre for health and social care services research in the UK.

You will be working on two mixed-methods projects concerned with the care and support of people with autism, with a particular focus on mental health and well-being.  This post supports the qualitative elements of these projects, including interviews with adults with Asperger syndrome, and parents of children with autism.  Led by Professor Bryony Beresford, co-Director of SPRU, both projects are funded by the National Institute for Health Research. One project forms part of a larger programme of work being led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. You will need to hold a PhD in social or health sciences or equivalent experience. 

You will be trained in social or health sciences (or other relevant discipline) and will have a solid experience of conducting qualitative research with service users or members of the public.  You will have already taken responsibility for managing the qualitative research process, including recruitment, data collection and data analysis and writing. You will have a strong track record of academic publications. You will also have experience of, and be committed to, ensuring research achieves maximum impact. You will recognise the central importance of patient/user/public involvement in research.   

The post will involve travel around England and likely to require overnight stays in research sites.


Salary will be within the scale £31,076 per year.  This is a full-time post, fixed term for 19 months.


The post is available from 1 September 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.


Closing date:  13 August 2017

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