Post title: Senior Research Assistant/Research Fellow (SCRiPT)
School/Department: School of Health & Social Work / Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC)
FTE: 1.0 FTE working 37 hours per week (job-share considered)
Duration of Contract : Fixed term contract for 15 months
Salary: UH 6: Senior Research Assistant £29,619pa to £35,333pa
UH7: Research Fellow £35,333pa to £42,155pa dependent on skills and experience
Location : College Lane Campus, Hatfield
We are seeking a highly motivated individual to work on the NIHR SCRiPT study, a partnership with Hertfordshire and Norfolk County Councils. This is an exciting opportunity for applicants interested in the growing field of social care research. The appointees will be based within CRIPACC, which is a vibrant and supportive environment for research staff. We are testing a Communities of Practice (CoP) model to increase research capacity and capability among adult social care staff. Members of each CoP (called Research in Practice Teams) are social care practitioners, plus experts by experience. Each RiPT is undertaking research in the following priority areas for adult social care- more information is available here.
There is an ability to work remotely, but the successful applicant must be prepared to travel to the University when required and to travel as necessary to undertake their research responsibilities in the East of England.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
For the role of Senior Research Assistant, you will support:
• the research team in achieving project milestones and attend project meetings.
• the evaluation of the feasibility and impact of the Research in Practice Team model and in writing up the evaluation report
• social care practitioners in their development of research skills, undertaking all aspects of a research project and dissemination
• the handling of data collection and analysis and contribute to the design and organisation of the research project and to academic peer reviewed papers and presentations.
For the role of Research Fellow, we will expect you to:
• undertake research within the scope of the project, establishing a programme of research activity
• work collaboratively with colleagues at UH and partner organisations and seek external funding.
• disseminate the outcomes of the project in publications, at conferences and other media.
• create opportunities to maximise the wider economic and social impact of research activities, capturing relevant evidence to support impact and engaging with external partners and stakeholders as appropriate.
• take a lead role in the evaluation of the feasibility and impact of the Research in Practice Team model and in writing the evaluation report
• help social care practitioners develop their research skills, undertaking all aspects of a research project and dissemination
This post will require working in partnership with colleagues across Hertfordshire and Norfolk; developing relationships with social care providers.
Skills and Experience
For the role of Senior Research Assistant you will have experience working as part of a research team in a Higher Education Institution or industry and demonstrable research experience at undergraduate level and a good understanding of social care policy and provision in England. Experience of collaborating with social care and as appropriate, health care and public health professionals in applied research is desirable. You will have good IT skills and knowledge of appropriate databases and the ability to conduct literature searches using appropriate electronic resources. You must plan and manage own activities effectively and be flexible and adaptable with workload.
For the role of Research Fellow, you will have proven experience working in a research environment and experience of presenting research findings such as contributions to conferences and symposia at a local and national level. You will also have research experience of collaborating with social care and, as appropriate, health care and public health professionals and experience of collaborating with service user/public groups in applied research. You must be able to deal with sensitive material with strict confidentiality and have good oral and written communication skills in English.
For either role you will hold a minimum of an undergraduate honours degree at a minimum 2:2 (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. For the role of Senior Research Assistant, a Masters qualification is desirable or some evidence of equivalent independent original qualitative and/or quantitative research experience
For the role of Research Fellow you must also hold A PhD (or close to the completion of a PhD, three months of viva) in an area related to social care or health research; or evidence of equivalent independent original qualitative and/or quantitative research experience.
Please see the Job Description / Person Specification, and associated Annexes, for more details and further information.
Contact details / Informal enquiries
Candidates are encouraged to get in touch for an informal discussion. Please contact Professor Kathryn Almack [email protected]
Closing date: 13 February 2023
Interview date: TBC
Reference number : 047955
Date advert placed : 20 January 2023
Our vision at the University of Hertfordshire is to transform lives and we are committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in line with the University's Race Equality Charter Bronze award and the School of Health and Social Work's Athena SWAN Silver award. We are a Disability Confident committed and equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from individuals who identify as male and from BAME candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in the senior academic team. We offer a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave, flexible location opportunities within the UK, discounted Sports Village memberships, personal and professional development and family-friendly policies. #GoHerts
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