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Research Associate

Health Sciences
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
33,309 to 40,927 per year
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Role Description


Applications are invited for a highly motivated Research Associate with excellent qualitative research 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 (YHARC). 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.

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’.

This is a full time grade 6 post for 21 months starting as soon as possible. This post may be extended if funding is available.


The post holder will primarily contribute to:

  • The implementation and process evaluation of the Mental Health Navigator scheme;
  • The development of an implementation toolkit to support new sites to deliver the scheme; and
  • The co-ordination of planned Public and Community Involvement, Engagement and Participation (PCIEP) activities.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

For full details see person specification.

  • PhD in health-related area or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of a range of qualitative research techniques and methodologies
  • Knowledge and understanding of implementation science to include working knowledge of normalisation process theory
  • Knowledge of implementation and process evaluation methods and approaches
  • Competency in conducting qualitative interviews with service users and professionals
  • Competency in the analysis of qualitative interview data
  • Experience working with or conducting interviews with adults experiencing mental ill health
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high quality
  • Commitment to social justice and equality in health and health care

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

For informal enquiries: please email Dr Sarah Blower on or Dr Katie Pybus 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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