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Research Fellow

Health Sciences
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
40,927 to 50,296 a year (reduced pro rata for part time working)
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To be confirmed
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Role Description

Department of Health Sciences

Applications are invited for a highly motivated Research Fellow with excellent quantitative research and data analysis skills to join a multidisciplinary team within the Public Health and Society Research Group ( led by Professor Kate Pickett at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York.

The successful applicant will contribute to a project evaluating a Mental Health Navigator (MHN) scheme to support people with mental health problems to maintain housing tenancies and prevent secondary mental health care referrals. The project is led by Dr Sarah Blower in collaboration with co-investigators at the Universities of York, Newcastle and Manchester.

This post is hosted by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Yorkshire and Humber. It is funded via the NIHR’s National Priority Area Research Programme 2020-23 via the ‘Health and care inequalities’ Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Consortium.

This is a 0.8 FTE grade 7 post for 21 months starting as soon as possible. This post may be extended if funding is available.

The successful applicant will be given opportunities, structured support, encouragement and time to engage in a minimum of 10 days professional development pro rata per year, in line with ‘The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers’.

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.


The post holder will primarily contribute to the quantitative evaluation of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the MHN scheme, this will include:

  • Developing protocols and applications for NHS ethics, HRA and R&D approvals
  • Setting up data collection and management systems
  • Conducting a cost consequence analysis and working with a Public and Community Involvement, Engagement and Participation (PCIEP) group to determine which consequences to include
  • Using appropriate techniques to analyse a range of outcome and economic data

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

For full details see person specification.

  • PhD in health-related area or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of a range of quantitative research techniques and methodologies
  • Knowledge of the structures to support NHS research and the NHS research governance/ethics framework
  • Experiencing setting up and managing primary and secondary data collection systems in NHS or local authority settings
  • Experience of data linkage/working with routine or administrative datasets
  • High level of competency in a range of statistical methods for quantitative evaluation of complex interventions
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high quality
  • Commitment to social justice and equality in health and health care

For informal enquiries: please email Dr Sarah Blower 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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