Research Associate - Prison Study: AMICABLE Programme

University of York
January 03, 2023
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Research Associate - Prison Study: AMICABLE Programme


Health Sciences


£34,308 - £42,155 per year


Grade 6

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Fixed term

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  • Role Description Department

    The Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG) at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York is seeking to appoint two Research Associates. The postholder(s) will be based at a prison to work on the AMICABLE project.

    As a Research Associate you will contribute to an NIHR programme grant evaluating a prison peer-led problem support mentor scheme across the Northeast, Northwest and Yorkshire and Humber regions. The post will expand on prior work conducted in this area see: (https: // www. led-problem-solving/). The appointments will form part of a larger team with prison healthcare providers Spectrum and the University of Leeds.

    The University of York offers flexible working patterns and a number of family friendly initiatives. As a Department we are proud to foster a supportive culture that helps staff and students contribute fully, flourish and excel, to reach their full potential. We embrace equality, diversity and inclusion as well as the values of the Athena Swan Charter in all out Departmental activities.


    The main purpose of the role is to conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of research relating to the AMICABLE project.


  • To collect data from within the prison sites to support the wider project programme of research.
  • To undertake organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including stakeholder collaboration within each prison site.
  • To develop and initiate collaborative working internally and externally, within each prison site and the Department of Health Sciences
  • To prioritise and plan your own workload
  • To coordinate and liaise with other members of the research team to ensure the smooth running of the project.
  • To be adaptable, flexible and responsive, whilst maintaining a confident approach to changing environments and circumstances, acknowledging that the research areas will include vulnerable prisoners.
  • Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • A degree in a health or social science research related field (e.g. psychology, health sciences).
  • A PhD in Psychology, Criminology, Sociology or allied health or social science related field.
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies; including large scale surveys and test battery assessments
  • In-depth knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques and ability to apply such knowledge into practice
  • 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
  • Competency to make presentations at conferences
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently using own initiative.
  • Experience with database packages (e.g. Microsoft Excel, SPSS)
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
  • This role is available on a fixed term basis for 42 months

    Interview date: 12th January 2023

    For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Amanda Perry:

    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 University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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