Senior Research Associate - Mixed Methods Public Health Research

The role

This position is an excellent opportunity for an able and ambitious mixed-methods public health researcher to be involved in developing and conducting public health research in a leading public health department.[1] The post will involve applied research on the mental health and well-being of young people in secondary schools and assisting with the development of a School Health Research Network in the South West of England.

The National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (SPHR) undertakes research into public health with an emphasis on what works practically and meets the needs of policy makers, practitioners and the public. Professor Rona Campbell is the Deputy Director and Training lead nationally and lead for the NIHR SPHR in Bristol. The NIHR SPHR has strong links with local public health practice in the NHS and Local Authorities in Bristol and the West of England. These posts offer an excellent opportunity for enthusiastic and hard-working mixed-methods researcher to further develop a career in public health research working with people from different specialities (including epidemiology, public health, policy studies and psychiatry).

 [1] The Shanghai Ranking currently places Public Health at the University of Bristol as 3rd in the UK, 4th in Europe and 8th globally.

What will you be doing?

You will contribute to the overall delivery, completion and dissemination of research funded by NIHR School for Public Health in Bristol in collaboration with other members of the School in England. The post will require a range of research skills including preparing and managing applications for ethical approval, reviewing literature, recruiting schools and other stakeholders to the research studies, designing data collection tools, and the collection, management, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

You should apply if

  • You have experience of public health research involving children and young people and it excites you!
  • You have good experience of research evaluation applied to health, including recent experience of quantitative and qualitative field-based research
  • You have experience of epidemiological methods in research and undertaking data analysis using STATA or similar software
  • You can show attention to detail and have excellent writing and organisational skills
  • You are someone who can work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • You hold knowledge of complex intervention development and evaluation and of research governance issues relevant to public health research
  • You have experience of taking responsibility for projects
  • You have good time management skills and a proven ability to work to deadlines and plan and prioritise work accordingly

To apply, please follow the heading link at the top of this page. 

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Work experience

We are committed to building local and national public health research capacity through funded Phd studentships, apprenticeships, junior research posts and providing short courses.  

The University’s temporary staffing service offers opportunities to work on research projects as a fieldworker or administrator and we will advertise them here.  

In the future, we hope to able to add work experience opportunities to our portfolio. If we can do this, these will be advertised here, so please keep checking.

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