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Research Associate

Health Sciences
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236 - 39,609
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This Research Associate Grade 6 post has been created for an individual to work with Professor Kamran Siddiqi on a trial funded by the Joint Global Health Trials scheme. The scheme is funded jointly by the Medical Research Council, UK-Aid, Wellcome Trust and National Institute for Health Research. The trial is titled ‘Children Learning About Second-hand Smoke (CLASS III): A cluster randomised controlled trial and will be conducted in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Karachi, Pakistan.

The post holder will set up, coordinate and manage CLASS III trial under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and other senior colleagues and will also contribute to the production of trial outputs. The post holder will proactively support international research teams to deliver on their research plans and will be expected to travel to the study sites for 1-2 week long field trips, at least once a year. They will also lead the development of detailed research protocols, research tools and other documents required for ethics submission. To provide an oversight to the trial recruitment and retention and to ensure that the trial is delivered to the protocol, will be the essential elements of their role. The post holder will work closely with the trial statistician and the data managers in each site to ensure the quality of the trial data. They will lead the production of progress reports; and coordinate and contribute towards the preparation of the trial’s final reports and publications, and public presentation in both academic and non-academic settings.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  1. The research associate will be expected to hold their first degree in a health related area and a Master’s degree in health sciences, social sciences, epidemiology or a relevant discipline. A PhD is a related discipline or equivalent experience/qualification will be desirable.
  2. An in-depth knowledge of public health in general and of tobacco control in particular, will be needed. Moreover, the candidate will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge of applied health research, in particular applying study designs to evaluate public health interventions.
  3. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate their abilities to communicate effectively with academic multi-disciplinary audience. Their ability to setup, coordinate and manage multi-site studies involving several partners would be considered an asset to the team.
  4. Previous experience of carrying out research in a related field would be required. Moreover, previous experience of conducting or contributing to trials and/or research in low- and middle-income countries would be highly desirable.
  5. Among personal attributes, attention to detail, commitment to high quality research, willingness to travel and work with low- and middle-income countries’ partners and a commitment to their personal development and learning would be highly regarded.

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