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Research Associate

Health Sciences
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 to 40,322 a year
Interview Date
4 May 2020
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Role Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic research associate keen to build a career in academic public health globally, to work on two research projects which focus on urban health in Ghana and Kenya. The rapid and unplanned urbanisation found throughout sub-Saharan Africa is leading to multiple and complex public health challenges, particularly for the urban poor. Health systems are struggling to cope, particularly in reaching the urban poorest with essential prevention and care services.

The post holder will contribute to two urban health projects: The first uses mixed methods and participatory action research to understand and develop new approaches to providing community-based health care for the urban poor in Accra, Ghana. This is a joint project with Ghana Health Services and University of Ghana, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The second project, funded by the British Academy and jointly conducted with the African Population Health and Research Centre (APHRC) uses mixed methods to assess the feasibility of improving health, safety and early-childhood development of under-5 children in day-care in informal settlements in Nairobi. 


To engage in all aspects of the Nairobi Day-care and the Ghana urban community health project, duties to include: use of appropriate research techniques and methods, analysis and interpretation of research data; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities with urban communities, health and local government organisations.

To coordinate project activities, building strong communication with partners and engaging with and building networks for research impact and future urban health research

To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects

To assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise.     

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A first degree and PhD in health, social science or related discipline is essential.
  • Competency in qualitative data collection and analysis methods, including use of

appropriate software

  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and public engagement for dissemination and impact
  • Ability to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of developing research questions and design to secure funds
  • Ability to support early-career researchers to develop research skills as needed
  • Ability to develop simple, user-friendly systems to ensure the smooth-running of the projects
  • Ability to develop guides and briefs for community health workers and decision-makers
  • Experience of conducting qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Experience of working on low income settings, particularly in sub-Sharan Africa is essential, and knowledge of early-childhood development and participatory techniques is desirable
  • Commitment to collaborative working with researchers, communities and policy makers to catalyse impact of research in low income countries

Interview date: 4 May 2020

This role is available full time, on a fixed-term contract for up to 18 months. 

For informal enquiries: please contact Helen Elsey at

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