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Research Associate

Social Policy and Social Work
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,817 - 33,797 a year
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full-time researcher to join an established multi-disciplinary research team at the University of York. The Department of Social Policy & Social Work has an international reputation for high quality applied research in health and social care. You will be part of a team undertaking adult social care research, working on a study examining how older people who pay for their own social care want to be supported in finding the right care for them.  'Self-funders' of social care are known to sometimes struggle to understand, find and choose the care they need, and this study will investigate how they can be helped to 'navigate' the care system.  The study will use both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.  The successful applicant will become a Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research, and part of its vibrant community of social care researchers.

You will conduct collaborative research projects, duties to include: research ethics submissions; organising project team and advisory group meetings; recruitment and data collection through both structured and semi-structured interviewing; 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 questionnaire-based research as well as qualitative interviews and analysis. You may also 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 will be £32,817 per annum. The post will start on 1 January 2020 for a period of 24 months. It is a full-time position.

Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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