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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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We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join an exciting project in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. You will play a key role in the successful completion of the SCENE Project: ‘Improving quality of life and health outcomes of people with psychosis through a new structured intervention for expanding social networks’. Funded by a National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant for Applied Research, you will join a multi-site research team which will develop, pilot and evaluate a social intervention for people with psychosis which aims to increase their social networks. The research programme involves structured and semi-structured interviews with professionals and service users, focus groups, pilot studies and a large randomised controlled trial across multiple sites in England.

You will be involved in all aspects of the study. This includes recruitment of participants in liaison with the research sites; interviews with practitioners and service users as required throughout the study; data entry and analysis in liaison with other members of the research team; and contributing to the writing of the final report. You will primarily conduct research within Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, but may be asked to support data collection in other sites (eg. London or Devon) if required. You will be an experienced researcher in the area of mental health and have a wide range of inter-personal and research skills, and research experience with people with mental health problems.

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 will have knowledge of UK mental health services and needs of mental health service users. You will have the ability to work collaboratively with other researchers and engage effectively with service users, practitioners and other researchers. You will have highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media. You will be able to 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. You will have the ability to travel throughout England as required by the project and will have an interest in, and enthusiasm for the subject of Mental Health research

Starting salary will be £32,236 per annum. The post will start on 1 October 2019 and will end on 30 November 2022 when the project is complete. It is a part-time position (0.5 fte).

Condition of appointment

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form.

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

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Martin Webber (

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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