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Research Associate

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

This post will be based within the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York.  The group, in collaboration with the Tobacco and Alcohol Group at University College London, has been awarded a large research grant in the area of tobacco smoking and mental illness.

The overall aim of the project is to assess the feasibility, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation and reduction in people with mental illness. It will include a randomised controlled feasibility study, followed by a fully powered randomised controlled trial.

We are looking for a Research Associate to join the interdisciplinary research team of academics, clinicians and service user/carer representatives to work on the newly awarded and closely associated existing research programmes. The post presents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and highly motivated person to develop their career in an excellent research environment, joining a large and highly successful multi-disciplinary department renowned for its methodological expertise and commitment to research with high impact on policy and practice.


As a Research Associate on this research programme, you will be centrally involved in undertaking mixed-methods research as part of an interdisciplinary team. Supported by the Programme Leads (Dr Elena Ratschen from the University of York and Prof Lion Shahab from University College London) and a Research Fellow, you will help prepare the set-up and conduct of the research in all aspects, engaging comprehensively with a variety of academic, clinical and PPI stakeholders involved with the research. You will plan, prepare and undertake research and substantiallycontribute to publications and other outputs from the research, be involved in national and international dissemination activities (including conferences), and use your initiative to contribute to the development of future research. You will also contribute significantly to a closely aligned research programme in the area of smoking and mental illness that is already underway.

Mentorship, training and experimental learning to further develop research skills and expertise will be provided.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A PhD (awarded or thesis submitted) in a health-related subject (e.g. health services research, mental health, tobacco research) or equivalent experience in academia or the NHS. 
  • Experience with contributing to research programmes or trials involving quantitative or mixed methods research
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative high-quality research
  • Excellent communication (orally and in writing), analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Outstanding commitment to high quality work, a keen interest in the research topic and attention to detail.

Condition of Employment

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.

Interview date: To be confirmed. Interviews will be held online.

For informal enquiries: Please contact Professor Lion Shahab on

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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