Employer: University of Edinburgh
Job title: Research Assistant Opportunity
The University of Edinburgh School of Health in Social Science are recruiting a Research Assistant to work on a portfolio of interrelated health policy projects with cross-cutting themes including:
community engagement particularly with the youth and / or marginalised communities
innovative / arts-based methods and / or social movements
co-production and asset-based approaches
tobacco control including prevention, education and harm reduction
health service improvement
As part of time-limited projects supported by funders including the NHS, the job offers the post-holder a unique opportunity to work on an innovative stream of research bridging top-down and bottom-up approaches to policy and practice. The candidate will have and further develop a degree of expertise within applied health policy and advance skills in:
data collection and management
literature searching and reviewing
the development of theoretical, conceptual and methodological frameworks to be tested in organisational settings and communities
qualitative data analysis using NVivo
The projects are working to clear deadlines and the post-holder is required to be highly organised and efficient in managing their workload to ensure key tasks are delivered on time. Creativity and a dynamic approach to engaging with the projects and proposing pioneering ideas is key.
The final products will be prepared for publication and further fundable research. The post-holder will have access to regular supervision.
Further information available http://www.coproductionscotland.org.uk/events-and-news/news/research-assistant-opportunity/
The post will be based within Counselling and Psychotherapy, School of Health in Social Science. The post is for a period of 6 months, part time (17.5hrs per week) , to commence 1st October 2015 (ending 31st March 2016) The role will be grade UE06 and pay a gross pro rata salary of approx. £6,568.50 (i.e. before deductions for tax, national insurance and superannuation; subject to pay rises when a pay agreement is reached).
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
The post-holder will hold an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1)
Knowledge and experience of research methods, particularly qualitative, and associated ethics
Experience in literature searching and reviewing
Ability to work efficiently and to tight deadlines
Working on multiple projects
Excellent written communication skills
Ability to communicate clearly and work with complex theoretical and conceptual ideas
Qualitative data analysis using NVivo
Creative problem-solving skills
MSc (or PhD) or equivalent in social or political science, public health, or other relevant subject.
Experience of conducting empirical research in a healthcare setting
Publishing reports and/or peer-reviewed academic papers
Please could you send expressions of interest (a CV and cover letter) to the Principal Investigator, Dr Marisa de Andrade (Marisa.email@example.com), cc: myself (Niko.Ovenden@ed.ac.uk) no later than 5pm on Thursday 17th September. You will be contacted w/c 21st September if successful to confirm employment details.
Note that the cover letter *must* confirm you have the explicit support of your supervisor to undertake this post (we will be confirming this with them), and you must have right to work in the UK for the hours require and period of employment (if you are here on a visa we will need evidence of this and relevant confirmation letters, which we can discuss when confirming appointment details).