Research Associate

University of Glasgow - RI Health & Wellbeing

Job Purpose
To make a leading contribution to ongoing research in the ‘Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations’ (SandO) Programme. This is one of six programmes within the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit ( ).

The post-holder will be involved in several projects across the programme. Around half of their time will be devoted to a new research project on smoking in Scottish prisons (the Tobacco in Prisons study - TIPs). This exciting project will help understand the experiences and impacts of smoking for both prisoners and prison staff, and will contribute directly to the formation of policies on smoking in prisons. It will evaluate any changes in smoking policies within Scottish prisons. The post-holder will take major responsibility for conducting qualitative research with both prisoners and prison staff, managing this (qualitative) part of the wider TIPs project and processing, analysing and writing up the data for publishing in academic journals and reports for policy-makers. They will also assist in fieldwork or recruitment for, and management and direction of, the wider TIPs project.

In the other half of their time, the post holder will contribute to and develop other research in prisons and in other key community settings. The SandO programme’s current research also focuses on understanding and improving health in educational, workplace and professional sports settings. The post will offer the post-holder the opportunity to work on excellent social science research leading to the development and evaluation of innovative interventions. The SandO programme has a well-established track record of working with experts nationally and internationally in multidisciplinary environments, and of developing culturally-informed public health interventions, such as the award-winning Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme. The post also potentially offers the post-holder the opportunity to develop and undertake research on wider implementations and adaptations of the FFIT programme.

Standard Terms & Conditions
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7.

This post is funded until 30 March 2020.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

The post for which you are applying is considered to be regulated work. It requires the successful applicant to undergo a satisfactory Disclosure check through Disclosure Scotland prior to appointment. This check is necessary to ensure that the University of Glasgow fulfils its legal duties under the Act.

If you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure Report. The University will make a Disclosure application to Disclosure Scotland which will reveal any past criminal convictions (spent or unspent) or inclusion on the Disqualified From Working with Children List. Any non-conviction information held locally by the police may also be disclosed should this be considered relevant to the position.

The University has been awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award.
The University is committed to equality of opportunity in employment.

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