Research Associate

University of Glassgow
February 13, 2024
Offerd Salary:£39,347 - £44,263
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Research Associate

Job Purpose

The postholder will make a leading contribution to an exciting programme of complex intervention research led by Professor Sharon Simpson. You will be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications as well as help manage and direct complex projects within the Complexity in Health Improvement Programme of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU). The project you will be mainly working on is the ASSIST Global trial. This trial is testing the feasibility and acceptability of a smoking prevention intervention for young people in three countries – China, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal/Co Investigator:

1.Take a leading role in the design and delivery of the process evaluation.

2.Take a leading role in working with country partners to complete qualitative interviews and analyse qualitative data.

3.Take a leading role in ensuring smooth communications and team working between different country partners.

4. Take the lead in designing and delivering training to country partners.

5. Support the ASSIST Project Manager in all study related activities.

6. Undertake literature reviews.

7. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.

8. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.

9. Establish and maintain your research profile research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/School/Research Group, including leading and 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.

10. Present work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

11. Take a leading role in 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 within SPHSU.

12. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

13. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues and participate in team/ group/ meetings/ seminars/ workshops across the research Unit/Institute/College/University and wider community.

14. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.

15. Make a leading contribution to teaching activities e.g. demonstrating etc. and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with Principal Investigator.

16. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline and engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

17. Take the lead in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.

18. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School/Director of Research Institute.

19. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, World Changers Together.



A1. Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s)

Knowledge and Skills


C1 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge related to developing and evaluating complex interventions

C2 An interest in health or public health and comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism (e.g. public health, social sciences)

C3 Knowledge of qualitative research methods

C4 Skills in qualitative analyses including using specialist qualitative analysis software (e.g. NVIVO)

C5 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate

C6 Excellent communication skills oral and written, including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely

C7 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach

C8 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

C9 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate

C10 Self-motivation, initiative and independent thought/working

C11 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach

C12 Proven commitment to supporting the career development of colleagues and to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage


D1 Knowledge of the scientific principles of randomised controlled trials and the current legal, governance and ethical requirements

D2 Knowledge of mixed methods research

D3 Commitment to open research, as appropriate to the discipline, through open data, open code, open educational resources, and practices that support replication.

Experience Essential

E1 Sufficient relevant research experience or equivalent appropriate to an early career researcher

E2 Project or subject specific experience, including experience of conducting interviews and qualitative analyses

E3 Experience of working in multi-site studies or projects with multiple partners

E4 Experience of scientific writing and evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field

E5 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

E6 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities


F1 Experience of conducting a process evaluation F2 Experience of working with partners from overseas particularly lower or middle income countries

F3 Experience of project or trial management

F4 Experience of applying for ethical approval

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £39,347 - £44,263 per annum.

This post is to cover maternity leave for up to 12 months or until the substantive postholder returns.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

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Vacancy Ref : 137808 Close Date : 13-Feb-2024 23:45

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