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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 (reduced pro rata for part time working)
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Role Description

We are seeking to appoint an experienced qualitative Research Associate with expertise in the field of autism to take a key role in the delivery of a qualitative study on risk and protective factors associated with mental health and behaviour difficulties in adolescents with autism.

You will conduct individual and collaborative research projects, duties to include: overseeing day to day management and delivery of all aspects of the project; liaising with researchers at Kings College London to create a sampling pool, overseeing and managing recruitment to the study; conducting qualitative interviews with parents of adolescents with autism; leading on all aspects of the analysis of these interviews; leading on consultation with the Programme’s two User Advisory Panels; leading on writing contribution for the Programme’s final report to NIHR and academic papers associated with the study.

You should have a social sciences background and a PhD or equivalent experience. You will have knowledge and experience in issues related to the management, care and support of people with autism, including children and families together with the issues associated with conducting sensitive research. You will have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research using a range of qualitative research techniques and methodologies. You will have experience and understanding of observational cohort study design and childhood mental health and factors affecting their emergence or development. You will have ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using your own initiative. You will have experience of leading on the preparation of research reports and academic articles.

The study is being led by Professor Beresford, and she will directly supervise this post. Programme webpage:   

The post is part time (22.2 hours a week) for a period of 13 months

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