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Research Associate

Social Policy and Social Work
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236 - 39,609 a year
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Role Description

Two posts are being advertised for highly motivated Research Associates to contribute to new qualitative research projects in applied adult social care. 

One project ("Finding and funding social care: a qualitative study of the experiences of self-funders") is a collaboration with the Universities of Oxford, Huddersfield and Birmingham and aims to examine the experiences of people who pay the costs of their social care from their own resources.  The second project ("Enabling older people to engage effectively with community social care") is seeking to examine how older people with dementia and/or mental health problems, who are finding it difficult to accept outside help, can be supported to engage well with homecare. 

You will conduct collaborative research projects, duties to include: research ethics submissions; organising project team and advisory group meetings; recruitment and data collection through conducting qualitative interviews; contributing to organisation and conduct of focus groups; analysis and interpretation of research data in conjunction with project team members; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and contributing to study outputs including training resources, reports, and peer-reviewed articles; dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research. You will also contribute to the preparation of research proposals and applications to external bodies.

You should have a social sciences background and a PhD or equivalent experience. You will have knowledge of and experience in conducting qualitative interviews and analysis. You may also have experience in conducting focus groups. You will have knowledge of adult social care.  You will have the ability to work collaboratively with other researchers and engage effectively with older and potentially vulnerable people. You can also work independently, using your own initiative. You have experience of writing up research work for publication. You are enthusiastic, committed to personal development and are able to prioritise work to meet tight deadlines.

Starting salary for both roles will be £32,236 per annum. The posts will start on 1 September 2019 for a period of 18 months. They are both full-time positions.

Please direct any informal queries for both posts to or

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