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Research Associate (Project Manager - BALM Programme)

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Research Associate (BALM programme)

The Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG) at Hull York Medical School and Department of Health Sciences, University of York, is looking to appoint a Research Associate to play a leading role in a newly funded research study called Behavioural Activation for Low mood and anxiety in Male NHS frontline workers: The BALM programme, funded by Movember. The post-holder will be part of a large and successful academic group with a strong track record in applied health research.

We are looking for a researcher with experience of health services research who has previously supported multi-disciplinary work at a complex University setting. The  aim of the BALM programme is to develop, deliver and evaluate a gender-sensitised behavioural activation programme as an early intervention for low mood and anxiety in male frontline NHS workers.Previous experience of NHS-based intervention research projects and mixed methods research is advantageous. The researcher’s skill set should enable them to manage  day-to-day running of the project and liaise with frontline workers/participants, clinicians, mental health support workers, and other partners across multiple sites in the NHS.

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


The main purpose of the role is to manage the day-to-day delivery of the BALM research project by facilitating, contributing to, and monitoring research activities, including supervising work of others and providing expert advice and guidance. Key duties include: data collection; analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods (qualitative and quantitative); writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research.

The work will be undertaken with support from other members of the multidisciplinary team and under the supervision Principal Investigators, Professor Paul Galdas at the University of York and Professor Dean McMillan at Hull York Medical School.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First Degree in relevant subject area or equivalent professional qualifications
  • PhD in relevant subject area or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of a range of quantitative research techniques and methodologies relevant to applied health research
  • Knowledge of qualitative research techniques associated with health services research
  • Knowledge and understanding of the routine practices and procedures in research
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Ability to develop research objectives , projects and proposals for own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research


Interview date: Wednesday 05th January 2022

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Paul Galdas at or Professor Dean McMillan at


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