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Research Assistant

Health Sciences
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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26,341 - 32,344 a year
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 Research Assistant

The Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG) at Hull York Medical School and the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, is looking to appoint a Research Assistant (3 days per week/0.6fte) for 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 an enthusiastic individual to assist with recruitment, enrolment and data collection across multiple sites in the NHS. The overarching 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 assisting and contributing to NHS-based intervention research projects – and qualitative research in particular – is an advantage.


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 provide co-ordination, planning, support and administrative assistance to the BALM research project including:

  • Assisting with study set up and recruitment of male frontline workers in NHS sites and the collection of data from these sites.
  • Engaging and liaising with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. study team, advisory group members, clinicians and NHS services staff).
  • Project administration (e.g. collating, entering, storing, analysing, interpreting, and reporting on the data and study progress through the development and maintenance of datasets and reports, ensuring consistency, completeness and accuracy).

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A levels or NVQ level 3 or equivalent experience
  • Degree in relevant subject
  • A good understanding of the research environment in which the University and the NHS operate.
  • Knowledge of a range of quantitative research techniques and methodologies
  • Knowledge of qualitative research techniques used in applied health services research
  • An understanding of working within data protection and ethical guidelines
  • An understanding of the requirements of good project co-ordination and administration
  • A high standard of written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate with a broad range of people from different ages and backgrounds
  • Able to use initiative to solve unusual or complex problems
  • Good planning and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • Able to work under pressure but still provide high quality work with attention to detail
  • Able to use a range of computer software packages including Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Experience of organising, minuting and summarising outcomes from meetings and workshops
  • Experience of working with groups of people e.g. group facilitation, establishing and maintaining stakeholder networks, service meetings.

Interview date: Wednesday 5th January 2022

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

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