Research Associate

University of York - Department of Social Policy and Social Work

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to join an exciting project in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. You will play a key role in the successful completion of the SCENE Project: ‘Improving quality of life and health outcomes of people with psychosis through a new structured intervention for expanding social networks’. Funded by a National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant for Applied Research, you will join a multi-site research team which will develop, pilot and evaluate a social intervention for people with psychosis which aims to increase their social networks. The research programme involves structured and semi-structured interviews with professionals and service users, focus groups, pilot studies and a large randomised controlled trial across multiple sites in England.

You will be involved in all aspects of this 66-month study. This includes recruitment of participants in liaison with the research sites; interviews with practitioners and service users as required throughout the study; data entry and analysis in liaison with other members of the research team; and contributing to the writing of the final report. You will primarily conduct research within Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, but may be asked to support data collection in other sites (eg. London or Devon) if required. You will be an experienced researcher in the area of mental health and have a wide range of inter-personal and research skills, and research experience with people with mental health problems.

Key requirements:

  • PhD in relevant subject or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of UK mental health services and needs of mental health service users
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to work collaboratively with service users, practitioners and other researchers
  • Ability to travel throughout England as required by the project
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for the subject of Mental Health research

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Martin Webber (

The role is offered on a part time basis (18.5 hours per week), however, there could be opportunities to increase hours to full time at certain points throughout the project period.

Interview Date: 27 March 2018

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