Research Fellow

University of Stirling

United Kingdom

May 29, 2022

Description

Research Fellow Apply Post Details

Part time (80% FTE) Fixed term for 24 months

Grade 7: £34,304 to £38,587 p.a. pro-rata (please note maximum spine point 34 due to funding availability)

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sun 29 May 2022

There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK

This post may be eligible for sponsorship depending on candidates circumstances. For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119

The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity

The Post

Chitetezo – Co-producing Road Safety with the Young: A convergent mixed- methods longitudinal study of an adolescent-focused, arts-mediated rights- based and advocacy intervention designed to decrease the frequency of road traffic collisions.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an interdisciplinary research team in an internal collaboration between Scotland and Malawi. The study is led by Professor Edward Duncan of the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit at the University of Stirling.

Chitetezo is a multifaceted intervention based on evidence in three previously unconnected areas: rights-based youth work, road safety education, and intergenerational approaches to co-producing local development. The initial components of Chitetezo were adapted from the United Nations “Under the Same Sky Framework”, designed to improve adolescent's awareness of their rights and impact on their environment (https:// tiny.cc/ktjp9y). From November 2018–June 2019, the research team engaged with Jacaranda School for Orphans in Blantyre, Malawi in a development and pilot study. The research team and the management of Jacaranda used the “Under the Same Sky Framework” as the basis for developing a co-constructed intervention and hypothesized programme theory. The outcome was the Chitetezo intervention: a series of rights-based, arts- mediated activities led by trained youth peer facilitators, over approximately 10 sessions, to groups of 8-12 adolescents per school. The intervention is catalysed through the development of a large mural(s) painted by young people that depict better road safety behaviour and the infrastructural changes they perceive are required to decrease the frequency of road traffic collisions in their area. The young people then use these large, but mobile, art works as an amplification mechanism to engage first with pupils in their own school to improve road safety behavior, and then with civic society. This study aims to implement and evaluate the impact of Chitetezo across a number of schools and surrounding communities in Blantyre, Malawi in order to examine if it improves adolescent pedestrian behaviour and empowers young people to lobby for road safety infrastructure improvements in their local environment.

The successful applicant will be based in the NMAHP Research Unit's Stirling offices. Hybrid working will be possible, but the individual should expect to be in the office at least two days per week.

Description of Duties
  • Support the Principal Investigators, research team, sponsor and funder to deliver the project in accordance with the terms of the grant and study protocol
  • Support the research team in the development of an intervention programme theory
  • Work with Professor Duncan and research team members to obtain all necessary ethics and R&D approvals required to commence the study and in line with study timelines
  • Develop and manage the study website
  • Arrange study meetings, take minutes and manage actions
  • Arrange transcription of digitally recorded interviews/focus groups, anonymise transcripts, enter data into NVivo, code and analyse data, write up analytic reports
  • Organise team meetings, take minutes and write up and present reports to the research team
  • Ensure that all study data is recorded, stored, transferred, managed and destroyed in accordance with the study protocol and GDPR, data protection legislation, policies and codes of practice
  • Conduct the study in accordance with University of Stirling and Malawian ethical committee procedures
  • Co-write journal papers for publication, policy briefings and lay summaries
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research findings via conferences, seminars, practitioner workshops and other presentations
  • Take advantage of researcher training and development opportunities and take part in individual and peer supervision and support
  • Ensure collaborative working with other researchers in the project both in Scotland and in Malawi
  • Ensure that deadlines are adhered to, with unavoidable delays identified and reported promptly, and the project is completed in line with the study protocol and on time
  • Participate in the wider functioning of the NMAHP Research Unit, contributing research knowledge, expertise and support to the delivery of its remit, objectives and research environment
  • Essential Criteria
  • PhD in health or health related field i.e. social sciences/ global health. Or PhD submitted but not yet awarded
  • Experience of large scale project management
  • Experience of interdisciplinary research
  • Experience in undertaking large scale qualitative research
  • Knowledge of realist evaluation methods
  • Knowledge of qualitative methods and experience of analysing qualitative data Experience of successful research programme organisation and management (including use of MS Teams)
  • Knowledge and experience of ethics and governance procedures
  • Experience of co-construction research methods
  • Good analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Good computer skills with knowledge and experience of data management
  • Good academic writing and report writing skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skill
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Experience of undertaking realist evaluation
  • Experience of writing for publication in health/social sciences journals
  • Experience of conducting or managing interdisciplinary research projects in low or middle income countries
  • Experience of using data management software (e.g. NVivo, SPSS/Excel, EndNote, Bibliographic reference libraries)
  • Behaviours and Competencies

    The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.

  • Managing self and personal skills Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.

  • Delivering excellent service Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.

  • Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.

  • Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.

  • Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.

  • Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.

  • Developing self and others Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.

  • Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.

  • Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

  • About Us

    The Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP RU) The NMAHP Research Unit is one of a small number of national research units core funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates. CSO Units undertake research in areas of strategic need, provide policy advice and train researchers. Their chief role is as centres of excellence for research disciplines that are central to Scotland's health needs. The Unit was established in 1994 and is co-hosted by the University of Stirling and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Both universities had strong submissions to Unit of Assessment 3 (UoA3) in the last Research Excellence Framework exercise, with GPAs of 3.3 and 3.11 respectively, and were both in the top 5 in Scotland. The University of Stirling was 1st in Scotland within (UoA3) AHP, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. The Unit sits within its host University structures, being aligned with the School of Health and Life Sciences at GCU and the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at the University of Stirling. The Unit has approximately 45 members of staff and 10 PhD students representing a range of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals as well as social scientists, statisticians, health services researchers, and social work. The Unit is engaged in research worth approx. £25 million, annually administering £5-£6 million worth of grants. The Unit's remit, determined by CSO, is to research the best ways to provide health care, and to build capacity in health services research.

    Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is at the heart of the University's sporting and wellbeing life, offering extensive study and research opportunities. Our focus is to make a difference to communities and the people within them, across the world. We focus on delivering excellence in all we do and to make global impact through research, education and practice. We inform policy at national and international levels by ensuring our research and teaching has impact. Our students develop to become competitive, independent, confident learners and our skilled graduates are global citizens, capable of making a difference wherever they work. We value lifelong learning and education, research-led teaching and an excellent student experience. We aim to make a real difference to the global health and sport industries.

    The University

    Ranked among the UK's 40 best universities in the Complete University Guide, the University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society. Stirling is ranked fifth in Scotland and 40th in the UK for research intensity (Research Excellence Framework). Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirling's research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.

    The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 20 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

    More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 120 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The campus – also home to 1,700 staff – has its own loch and castle, and a recent multi-million-pound redevelopment has delivered modern, flexible, and digitally connected study and social spaces at the heart of campus, including enhanced student support and retail and catering outlets.

    The University has twice been recognised with a Queen's Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019). Stirling is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and its recently redeveloped world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University's sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

    As a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the University is driving productivity and inclusive growth across the Forth Valley, and beyond. Through pioneering collaborative solutions to global challenges, researchers are putting innovation, skills, and partnership at the heart of a sustainable economic recovery.

    The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University's excellent Sport Centre facilities.

    A full list of FAQs can be found here, we recommend you read these before making your application.

    Please ensure that you check your email account junk folder as your email provider may flag emails sent to you as suspected spam.

    Terms and conditions of this post can be found here.

    After the closing date, this job advert will no longer be available on the University of Stirling website therefore please keep a copy for your records.

    www. stir.ac.uk @stiruni

    Job number

    FAC01539

    Contract Type

    Fixed Term Contract

    Closing date

    29-May-2022

    Location:

    Stirling Campus

    Grade

    Grade7 £34,304-£40,927 p.a.

    Faculty/Service

    Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Post Details

    Part time (80% FTE) Fixed term for 24 months

    Grade 7: £34,304 to £38,587 p.a. pro-rata (please note maximum spine point 34 due to funding availability)

    The closing date for applications is midnight on Sun 29 May 2022

    There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK

    This post may be eligible for sponsorship depending on candidates circumstances. For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119

    The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity

    The Post

    Chitetezo – Co-producing Road Safety with the Young: A convergent mixed- methods longitudinal study of an adolescent-focused, arts-mediated rights- based and advocacy intervention designed to decrease the frequency of road traffic collisions.

    This is an exciting opportunity to join an interdisciplinary research team in an internal collaboration between Scotland and Malawi. The study is led by Professor Edward Duncan of the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit at the University of Stirling.

    Chitetezo is a multifaceted intervention based on evidence in three previously unconnected areas: rights-based youth work, road safety education, and intergenerational approaches to co-producing local development. The initial components of Chitetezo were adapted from the United Nations “Under the Same Sky Framework”, designed to improve adolescent's awareness of their rights and impact on their environment (https:// tiny.cc/ktjp9y). From November 2018–June 2019, the research team engaged with Jacaranda School for Orphans in Blantyre, Malawi in a development and pilot study. The research team and the management of Jacaranda used the “Under the Same Sky Framework” as the basis for developing a co-constructed intervention and hypothesized programme theory. The outcome was the Chitetezo intervention: a series of rights-based, arts- mediated activities led by trained youth peer facilitators, over approximately 10 sessions, to groups of 8-12 adolescents per school. The intervention is catalysed through the development of a large mural(s) painted by young people that depict better road safety behaviour and the infrastructural changes they perceive are required to decrease the frequency of road traffic collisions in their area. The young people then use these large, but mobile, art works as an amplification mechanism to engage first with pupils in their own school to improve road safety behavior, and then with civic society. This study aims to implement and evaluate the impact of Chitetezo across a number of schools and surrounding communities in Blantyre, Malawi in order to examine if it improves adolescent pedestrian behaviour and empowers young people to lobby for road safety infrastructure improvements in their local environment.

    The successful applicant will be based in the NMAHP Research Unit's Stirling offices. Hybrid working will be possible, but the individual should expect to be in the office at least two days per week.

    Description of Duties
  • Support the Principal Investigators, research team, sponsor and funder to deliver the project in accordance with the terms of the grant and study protocol
  • Support the research team in the development of an intervention programme theory
  • Work with Professor Duncan and research team members to obtain all necessary ethics and R&D approvals required to commence the study and in line with study timelines
  • Develop and manage the study website
  • Arrange study meetings, take minutes and manage actions
  • Arrange transcription of digitally recorded interviews/focus groups, anonymise transcripts, enter data into NVivo, code and analyse data, write up analytic reports
  • Organise team meetings, take minutes and write up and present reports to the research team
  • Ensure that all study data is recorded, stored, transferred, managed and destroyed in accordance with the study protocol and GDPR, data protection legislation, policies and codes of practice
  • Conduct the study in accordance with University of Stirling and Malawian ethical committee procedures
  • Co-write journal papers for publication, policy briefings and lay summaries
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research findings via conferences, seminars, practitioner workshops and other presentations
  • Take advantage of researcher training and development opportunities and take part in individual and peer supervision and support
  • Ensure collaborative working with other researchers in the project both in Scotland and in Malawi
  • Ensure that deadlines are adhered to, with unavoidable delays identified and reported promptly, and the project is completed in line with the study protocol and on time
  • Participate in the wider functioning of the NMAHP Research Unit, contributing research knowledge, expertise and support to the delivery of its remit, objectives and research environment
  • Essential Criteria
  • PhD in health or health related field i.e. social sciences/ global health. Or PhD submitted but not yet awarded
  • Experience of large scale project management
  • Experience of interdisciplinary research
  • Experience in undertaking large scale qualitative research
  • Knowledge of realist evaluation methods
  • Knowledge of qualitative methods and experience of analysing qualitative data Experience of successful research programme organisation and management (including use of MS Teams)
  • Knowledge and experience of ethics and governance procedures
  • Experience of co-construction research methods
  • Good analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Good computer skills with knowledge and experience of data management
  • Good academic writing and report writing skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skill
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Experience of undertaking realist evaluation
  • Experience of writing for publication in health/social sciences journals
  • Experience of conducting or managing interdisciplinary research projects in low or middle income countries
  • Experience of using data management software (e.g. NVivo, SPSS/Excel, EndNote, Bibliographic reference libraries)
  • Behaviours and Competencies

    The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.

  • Managing self and personal skills Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.

  • Delivering excellent service Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.

  • Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.

  • Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.

  • Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.

  • Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.

  • Developing self and others Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.

  • Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.

  • Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

  • About Us

    The Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit (NMAHP RU) The NMAHP Research Unit is one of a small number of national research units core funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates. CSO Units undertake research in areas of strategic need, provide policy advice and train researchers. Their chief role is as centres of excellence for research disciplines that are central to Scotland's health needs. The Unit was established in 1994 and is co-hosted by the University of Stirling and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Both universities had strong submissions to Unit of Assessment 3 (UoA3) in the last Research Excellence Framework exercise, with GPAs of 3.3 and 3.11 respectively, and were both in the top 5 in Scotland. The University of Stirling was 1st in Scotland within (UoA3) AHP, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. The Unit sits within its host University structures, being aligned with the School of Health and Life Sciences at GCU and the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at the University of Stirling. The Unit has approximately 45 members of staff and 10 PhD students representing a range of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals as well as social scientists, statisticians, health services researchers, and social work. The Unit is engaged in research worth approx. £25 million, annually administering £5-£6 million worth of grants. The Unit's remit, determined by CSO, is to research the best ways to provide health care, and to build capacity in health services research.

    Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is at the heart of the University's sporting and wellbeing life, offering extensive study and research opportunities. Our focus is to make a difference to communities and the people within them, across the world. We focus on delivering excellence in all we do and to make global impact through research, education and practice. We inform policy at national and international levels by ensuring our research and teaching has impact. Our students develop to become competitive, independent, confident learners and our skilled graduates are global citizens, capable of making a difference wherever they work. We value lifelong learning and education, research-led teaching and an excellent student experience. We aim to make a real difference to the global health and sport industries.

    The University

    Ranked among the UK's 40 best universities in the Complete University Guide, the University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society. Stirling is ranked fifth in Scotland and 40th in the UK for research intensity (Research Excellence Framework). Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirling's research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.

    The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 20 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

    More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 120 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The campus – also home to 1,700 staff – has its own loch and castle, and a recent multi-million-pound redevelopment has delivered modern, flexible, and digitally connected study and social spaces at the heart of campus, including enhanced student support and retail and catering outlets.

    The University has twice been recognised with a Queen's Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019). Stirling is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and its recently redeveloped world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University's sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

    As a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the University is driving productivity and inclusive growth across the Forth Valley, and beyond. Through pioneering collaborative solutions to global challenges, researchers are putting innovation, skills, and partnership at the heart of a sustainable economic recovery.

    The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University's excellent Sport Centre facilities.

    A full list of FAQs can be found here, we recommend you read these before making your application.

    Please ensure that you check your email account junk folder as your email provider may flag emails sent to you as suspected spam.

    Terms and conditions of this post can be found here.

    After the closing date, this job advert will no longer be available on the University of Stirling website therefore please keep a copy for your records.

    www. stir.ac.uk @stiruni

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