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Programme Manager / Research Fellow

Health Sciences
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Grade 7 / 40,322 - 49,553 a year
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This post will be based within the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York.  The group has been awarded a prestigious Programme Grant for Applied Health Research (PGfAR) from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the area of tobacco smoking and severe mental illness (SMI). The overall aim of the programme is to develop and test an intervention to support Smoking CEssation and PrevenT RElapse to pre-admission smoking behaviours in people with SMI after a ‘smokefree’ mental health inpatient stay  (SCEPTRE).  The programme will include the theory- and evidence-based development of an intervention (in co-production with a wide variety of stakeholders), a feasibility and refinement phase, a full randomised controlled trial, a process evaluation and health economic analyses, over a duration of six years.

We are looking for a Programme Manager to join the large interdisciplinary programme research team of academics, clinicians and service user/carer representatives. The post presents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and highly motivated person to develop their own career in an excellent research environment, joining a large and highly successful multi-disciplinary Department renowned for its methodological expertise and commitment to research with high impact on policy and practice.


As Programme Manager for SCEPTRE, you will be centrally involved in and manage the preparation and undertaking of mixed-methods research (including the development of an intervention and manuals, stakeholder engagement workshops, a feasibility study, randomised controlled trial, process and economic evaluation) as part of an interdisciplinary team. Supported by the Programme Lead, you will manage a small sub-team team of full-time and part-time researchers and engage comprehensively with a variety of academic, clinical and PPI stakeholders involved with the research. You will conduct research and substantially contribute to publications and other outputs from the research, to be involved in national and international dissemination activities, including conferences, and use your initiative to contribute to the development of future research.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

To fulfil this role, a PhD in a relevant area, experience with larger research programmes or trials involving mixed-methods research, excellent communication and problem solving skills, outstanding commitment to high quality work, a keen interest in the research topic, and attention to detail are essential.   Mentorship, training and experiential learning to further develop research skills and expertise will be provided.

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