Skip to content

Research Associate (Qualitative Methods)

Health Sciences
Based at
Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
Grade 6, 32,817 - 40,322 a year
Interview Date
Posted Date
Apply by
Job Reference

Role Description


The Department of Health Sciences is looking to appoint a Research Associate with experience in qualitative methods and experience of working within a public health related area. In this role you will conduct research under the supervision and mentorship of Professor Tracey Bywater and Dr Maria Bryant, and under the management of the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub Programme Manager to support ongoing, and further, Better Start Bradford, evaluation and development work. This is a unique opportunity to be part of an initiative which aims to improve the life chances of some of the poorest families within Bradford and beyond.


Based both in Bradford (min 3 days / week) and York, you will conduct collaborative research projects, duties to include; study protocol/methodology development; ethical approval processes, identifying and applying for research funding, field work and facilitation of focus groups/interviews with key stakeholders, data management and analysis, working for the Evaluation work stream, and across other work streams as appropriate. In addition you will be conducting literature searches and synthesising research evidence; liaising with field sites and staff, investigators and members of the Innovation Hub and Better Start Bradford, attending relevant meetings and developing research agendas based on Better Start Bradford. You will also write up research results and disseminate them through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities as well as contribute to the identification of possible new areas of research.

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.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • First degree in health-related area with qualitative training components.
  • PhD involving qualitative methods or mixed methods in health related area eg Psychology or equivalent experience
  • Research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department's research strategy
  • Knowledge in applied health research
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Knowledge of child and parent health or mental health
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research and writing up research work for publication
  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for own and joint research
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also work independently using own initiative
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds
  • Competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • Competency in qualitative analysis methods and working with large data sets
  • Competency with statistical software packages such as STATA / SPSS/NVIVO
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience
  • Competency to present at conferences or exhibit work in appropriate events

For informal enquiries contact Professor Tracey Bywater at

The post is fixed term for 2 years and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

      New Athena Swan Bronze Award              

A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatYork



Forgot password | Register

Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.