Research Assistant

University of Salford - School of Health Sciences

Length of contract: Fixed Term (9 months)

The Clinical Rehabilitation research group within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford is looking to appoint a Research Assistant to assist with a study into Work Problems in Employed People with Osteoarthritis (OA). The project is funded by the National Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work (CMWH), which is funded by the Arthritis Research UK and the Medical Research Council. Dr Yeliz Prior is the grant holder and responsible for the overall management of this project.

This project involves designing and conducting a series of qualitative interviews and focus groups with working people with OA to elicit the impact of this condition on their work productivity and daily life. Study participants will be mostly recruited from the general population through social media, and there is a possibility of recruiting from the NHS and patient organisations. The post holder should be an active user of the social media (e.g. Twitter & Facebook) and will be required to liaise with research facilitators, clinicians, patients, and R&D staff simultaneously and effectively throughout the study to ensure the smooth delivery of the project. Therefore, effective communication skills and being able to multi-task are an important part of this role.

Applicants should hold a Health or Social Sciences related degree (e.g. Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work), and having completed or be shortly due to complete MSc/PhD in Health or Social Sciences related topic would be highly desirable. In addition, having a valid Research Passport and a Disclosure and Barring Services check, or the ability to meet the requirements of a Research Passport in the NHS is essential for this project, in order to obtain approval for the post holder to access NHS patient identifiable data. If the candidate does not have these in place, will need to apply for this immediately on appointment and inability obtain satisfactory DBS check may result in withdrawal of the appointment. The post holder is also required to already hold or to successfully pass a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in Research Certificate within the first month of starting the post. If you need to discuss this post further, please contact Dr Prior by email on

Please note that this vacancy will close at 11:59pm on the date specified.

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Interview date: TBC

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