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Research Associate

Health Sciences
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year
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Role Description


The Department of Health Sciences is looking to appoint a Research Associate with experience in quantitative evaluation methods and evidence synthesis to support research activities within a portfolio of linked projects exploring inequalities in perinatal mental health, and the development and evaluation of interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families.

You will work under the supervision and mentorship of Dr Sarah Blower and Dr Stephanie Prady.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a world-leading preventive research programme and research team, working to improve the life chances of children and their families.


You will split your time between two projects.

Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub: You will conduct research and contribute to the design and implementation of research approaches to evaluate and analyse the effectiveness of multiple interventions delivered in the early years to improve the health of children.  In addition, you will write up and disseminate results through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement activities; contribute to the identification of possible new areas of research; liaise with staff and investigators in BiB and in our other Bradford-based studies; and develop an independent research agenda.

Perinatal mental health: You will contribute to the development of an applied research programme linked to the Yorkshire and Humber Applied Research Collaboration investigating inequalities in perinatal mental health and healthcare. You will conduct research to investigate the presence, scale and nature of inequalities and contribute to the identification of interventions to reduce disparities using various research methods and techniques. You will identify potential areas for new research and funding sources.

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 & Qualification needed

  • First degree in a social science or health related area
  • PhD involving quantitative methods or mixed methods in a health related area or equivalent experience alongside formal methods training such as a Master’s degree in a social science or health related subject
  • Knowledge of health inequalities in relation to child and parent health and wellbeing
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies and high quality applied health research, and of different designs to test effectiveness of public health interventions
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research and of a range of methods for quantitative analysis, evidence synthesis and evaluation of public health interventions
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination, and develop and conduct individual and collaborative research projects and proposals for own and joint research
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Ability to identify sources of funding and help secure funds

For informal enquiries contact Dr Sarah Blower at or Dr Stephanie Prady at

The post is fixed term for 2 years.

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