Graduate Research Assistant

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School

This full time, externally funded post is available immediately on a 2 year fixed term basis to support the work of Dr David Strain.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities.  We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

The post

The successful applicant will visit care homes in the South West of England. The post will involve interviewing/collecting questionnaire data from care home residents and staff. The post will include a substantial amount of travel (driving) and is mainly field based. Data collected will need to be accurately entered onto a trial database. Appointments will need to be booked with care home staff and a good relationship with care home staff built up and maintained.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will be educated to first degree level or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study or equivalent experience and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with elderly participants who may be in ill health or suffer from mild cognitive impairment. Experience working with elderly or frail people would be an advantage.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here

For further information please contact Dr Shelley Rhodes, s.rhodes@exeter.ac.uk or 01392 725229.

This is a full time post, however, part time or job share requests are encouraged.

The College is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment and impact to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. Our Inspiring Stories tell you more about how we support our staff, including through a mentoring programme to help our staff learn from the professional and life experience of colleagues and explore opportunities and actions for career progression. 

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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