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Research Associate

Social Policy and Social Work
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 a year
Interview Date
30 April 2021
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Role Description

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing and friendly research group in the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. We are looking for a skilled and versatile Research Associate to provide maternity cover on a study funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research, which aims to develop and test a new standard of the Triangle of Care. This will aim to ensure unpaid carers receive appropriate support when the person they provide care for is on leave from hospital during compulsory detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA). 


You will undertake multiple research tasks in the course of this study under the supervision of senior colleagues. You will contribute to the development of the new standard of the Triangle of Care, undertake structured telephone interviews with carers, analyse data and contribute to the writing of papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals. You may be involved in efforts to secure additional funding as required. You may be required to contribute to undergraduate teaching in the Department. 

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed 

You should have a PhD in a relevant social science or health science subject or equivalent experience. You will have knowledge of mental health social care to engage in high quality research, a range of research techniques and methodologies, UK mental health services and needs of unpaid carers, and the processes involved in developing and evaluating social interventions. You will have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research, conducting research in mental health or social care services and writing up research work for publication. You will have the ability to work with agility and flexibility with team members, research participants and other stakeholders and collaboratively with service users, carers and practitioners. You will also have the ability to prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, including using initiative to plan research programmes. You will have highly developed communication skills, attention to detail and commitment to high quality. You will have a collaborative ethos, a positive attitude to colleagues and students, a willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions. You will be able to travel throughout England as required by the project 

Condition of appointment

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

Interview date: 30 April 2021 

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Martin Webber.

We may be able to offer flexible working and would welcome applications from candidates looking  to jobshare. 

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