You will contribute to a project on healthy ageing among older adults in the
UK, undertaking research with and in deprived communities to design
interventions to promote physical activity and social connectedness. The
project includes the collection and analysis of social network data, and the
analysis of secondary survey data (e.g., English Longitudinal Study of
Ageing). The job requires strong quantitative and data management skills,
including cleaning and analysing social network data, as well as carrying out
statistical analyses, such as regression techniques and multilevel modelling.
Experience working with longitudinal datasets would be beneficial.
You will be based in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
working with Principal Investigators Dr Emily Long and Professor Sharon
Simpson, in addition to colleagues across the ‘Relationships', ‘Complexity',
‘Inequalities' and ‘Places' programmes. The successful candidate will gain
experience working in an inter-disciplinary team, contribute to data
collection and analysis, and the formulation and submission of research
Funding for the post is available for 18 months.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of
the Principal Investigator (PI):
1. Plan and conduct assigned research individually or jointly in accordance
with the project deliverables and strategic objectives of the SPHSU.
2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all
data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports
and papers as appropriate.
3. Undertake advanced training in social network analysis, statistical
methods, and developing and evaluating interventions as appropriate.
4. Contribute to the supervision, mentoring and training of postgraduate
students, and the development and delivery of training courses on network
analysis and relational influences on health.
5. Develop and enhance your research profile and reputation and that of the
University of Glasgow and SPHSU, including contributing to publications of
international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the
research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering
indicators of esteem.
6. Contribute to the presentation of work at international and national
conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to
develop and enhance our research profile.
7. Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and assist
in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external
bodies to support future research.
8. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/ group/ meetings/
seminars/ workshops across the research Group/School/College/University and
9. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research
group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
10. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the
11. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate
12. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of
School/Director of Research Institute.
13. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile
in line with the University's Strategic Plan, World Changers Together.
These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a
number of major tasks which the staff member may reasonably be expected to
A1. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 10 (Honours Degree) or
equivalent in a subject relevant to health, or to the quantitative study of
networks e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Computing Science, Mathematics,
A2. Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in quantitative methods,
including social network analysis.
A3. Comprehensive and up to date knowledge of research related to public
B1 Working towards or completed PhD (SCQF level 12) in a field related to
health, healthy ageing, social network analysis, or quantitative methods.
B2. Knowledge of theories that help understand the social processes
influencing human behaviour, in particular health behaviours, and health
outcomes such as physical activity.
B3. Knowledge of how to conduct or design interventions to improve health, or
methods to evaluate health improvement interventions.
B4. Comprehensive and up to date knowledge of research related to healthy
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
C1. Ability to apply statistical methods for analysing social networks, for
example, Exponential Random Graph Models, multilevel modelling, Simulation
Investigation for Empirical Network Analysis.
C2. Ability to manage and clean complex datasets, including egonet datasets,
and large secondary national survey datasets (e.g., ELSA, Understanding
C3. Ability to apply traditional statistical methods for survey data, for
example, multilevel modelling and regression techniques.
C4. Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate
C5. Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public
presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and
C6. Strong workload, time, and project management skills.
C7. Extensive IT skills in relevant software e.g. R, Office suite,
C8. Self motivation, initiative and independent working skills.
C9. A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future
directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism.
C10. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient
D1. Skills in designing fieldwork materials for social network studies
D2. Advanced skills in coding e.g. developing R functions and packages
E1. Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge in social network analysis
and of research methods and techniques, demonstrated through relevant work
experience (including experience gained throughout PhD)
E2. Experience in collecting primary data, or in working with secondary
datasets, and the analysis of data
E3. Experience of scientific writing
E4. Experience of collaborative team working
F1. Experience of writing scientific papers
F2. Experience of delivering methods training
F3. Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field
F4. Experience of collaborative team working
Please note that as part of your application you must address and demonstrate
how you meet EACH of the essential/desirable criteria, point by point.
Any further enquiries on this post may be directed to Dr Emily Long via email
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade 6, £29,614 -
£33,309 per annum.
This post is full time with funding for 18 months.
New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period
of 6 months.
The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities'
Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available
from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions
relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.
All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical
trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to
be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and
financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.
It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate,
which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching
We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and
flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the
organisation in promoting gender equality.
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.
Vacancy Reference: 063587, Closing Date: 7 October 2021
Vacancy Ref : 063587 Close Date : 07-Oct-2021 23:45