Research Assistant - Public Health

University of Salford - School of Health Sciences

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work with the Equity, Health and Wellbeing group. This research area covers important contemporary aspects of health and wellbeing, with particular focus on inequalities in health and issues affecting work and the working age population. We specialise in applying and evaluating evidence-based health practice and the design, development and evaluation of contemporary health interventions. Our research spans specific health issues (e.g. chronic illness, behaviour change, physical activity, alcohol misuse) within specific settings (particularly workplaces, schools or communities) using a range of intervention and evaluation methods (e.g. making use of digital/technology). This is an interdisciplinary group, with biopsychosocial expertise, including public health scientists, physiotherapists, exercise and health scientists, psychologists and sociologists. 

This is an exciting opportunity to work on an NIHR-PHR funded research grant that aims to provide vital evidence for local authorities planning community action on alcohol, by rigorously evaluating a programme called ‘Communities In Control of Alcohol’ (CICA) that is taking place in Greater Manchester. Through CICA, local people will be trained as ‘alcohol health champions’ (AHCs). Training will enable AHCs to have informal healthy conversations with family, friends and colleagues, organise healthy events and model healthy behaviour with respect to alcohol. CICA will provide training and local support for communities to get involved in alcohol licensing decisions, and aims to put local communities in a position to help reduce the availability of alcohol and therefore reduce the impact of alcohol abuse. You will use a range of methods to assess whether CICA does indeed reduce alcohol harm. These include observations, where you will shadow AHCs to understand how they work in the community, and surveys of AHCs to understand how they are applying their new knowledge and skills. 

We are seeking a motivated and capable individual to contribute to the set-up, research fieldwork, data collection, analysis and report writing. Skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods will be required as will the personal qualities of resilience, accuracy and flexibility. You will be required to contribute to the smooth running of the project, undertaking reasonable duties as required by the co-investigator managing the project on a day-to-day basis and the principal investigator. 

Experience of qualitative research techniques and basic quantitative research methodologies is essential. You must be a good team player who is willing to work on a variety of complex activities and tasks on a daily basis. You should hold a post-graduate degree (or equivalent) in public health, psychology, social science or similar health or social care discipline. 

Target start date September 4th 2017 or earlier if possible. 

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Penny Cook (p.a.cook@salford.ac.uk). 

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and are working to redress the gender balance in Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine. 

Please note this vacancy will close on the date specified at 11.59pm.

Interview date: TBC

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