University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
£33,309 to £40,927 per year
9917 Job Description .pdf
Applications are invited for a highly motivated Research Associate with
excellent qualitative research skills to join a multidisciplinary team within
the Public Health and Society Research Group
(https: // www. york.ac.uk/healthsciences/research/public-health) led by
Professor Kate Pickett at the Department of Health Sciences, University of
The successful applicant will contribute to a project evaluating a Mental
Health Navigator (MHN) scheme to support people with mental health problems
to maintain housing tenancies and prevent secondary mental health care
referrals. The project is led by Dr Sarah Blower in collaboration with co-
investigators at the Universities of York, Newcastle and Manchester.
This post is hosted by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Yorkshire and
Humber (YHARC). It is funded via the NIHR's National Priority Area Research
Programme 2020-23 via the ‘Health and care inequalities' Applied Research
Collaboration (ARC) Consortium.
The successful applicant will be given opportunities, structured support,
encouragement and time to engage in a minimum of 10 days professional
development pro rata per year, in line with ‘The Concordat to Support the
Career Development of Researchers'.
This is a full time grade 6 post for 21 months starting as soon as possible.
This post may be extended if funding is available.
The post holder will primarily contribute to:
The implementation and process evaluation of the Mental Health Navigator
The development of an implementation toolkit to support new sites to
deliver the scheme; and
The co-ordination of planned Public and Community Involvement, Engagement
and Participation (PCIEP) activities.
Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
For full details see person specification.
PhD in health-related area or equivalent experience
Knowledge of a range of qualitative research techniques and methodologies
Knowledge and understanding of implementation science to include working
knowledge of normalisation process theory
Knowledge of implementation and process evaluation methods and approaches
Competency in conducting qualitative interviews with service users and
Competency in the analysis of qualitative interview data
Experience working with or conducting interviews with adults experiencing
mental ill health
Attention to detail and commitment to high quality
Commitment to social justice and equality in health and health care
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.
Interview date: To be confirmed
For informal enquiries: please email Dr Sarah Blower on
email@example.com or Dr Katie Pybus on firstname.lastname@example.org
The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL
We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black,
Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the
We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and
inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork