Research Assistant

University of Bedfordshire - Institute for Health Research, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Exciting Research Assistant Post for Groundbreaking International Public Health Study on Culture-Aware Robots for Older Adult Health (‘Caresses’)

Location: Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton


15 months Fixed Term Contract, Full Time.

Closing date: 29 April 2018 at 12pm

Interview date: 11 May 2018

The University of Bedfordshire are participating in ‘CARESSES’ (Culture-Aware Robots and Environmental Sensor Systems for Elderly Support) – an international, pioneering study aimed at developing the first ever culturally aware and culturally competent robot to assist the delivery of care of older adults in supported residential care home settings.  The study has and continues to receive significant international media coverage (e.g.

The University is taking a leading role on the project’s testing and evaluation phases and as such applications are invited for a Research Assistant post. He/she will coordinate with the study’s partners to help deliver the study protocol including conducting screening and recruitment, testing and evaluation, data analysis and dissemination activities. A key relationship will be with our project partner Advinia Healthcare. The post will be supervised by the University’s project team. He/she will be self-disciplined, an excellent communicator and team player, and be expected to contribute to other activities within the Institute of Health Research as required.

The successful candidate will have a Masters Degree (or equivalent) in a social science of health research related field (e.g. public health, psychology), possess strong quantitative and qualitative skills, excellent organisational and communication skills, and an understanding of complex health interventions within sensitive contexts.

The successful candidate will be joining an international centre for research excellence. All of our research is “internationally excellent in impact, and the majority is world-leading. 73% of research outputs are 3* or 4* - internationally excellent or world leading” - Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Due to the Home Office and UK Visas & Immigration requirements on immigration and Right to Work in the UK, the University of Bedfordshire can only accept job applications from Non EEA applicants who hold a current Tier 1 or Tier 2 (in country) visa and their status allows them to work and reside in the UK with no restrictions.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and values the diversity of all its workforce and student population. As this role involves contact with a vulnerable population a full DBS check will be required.

Informal enquiries can be made to:

Dr Chris Papadopoulos, Principal Lecturer in Public Health, phone number: 07719021766

To apply:

Please log on to our website and complete the online application.

Please quote reference number and job title. Please note CVs will only be accepted in addition to a fully completed application form.

All applications must be received by midnight on the closing date. Applications will not be accepted after this deadline. 

Please quote reference number and job title in correspondence. CVs will only be accepted in addition to a fully completed application form.

The University of Bedfordshire has 1,200 staff and 21,000 students from more than 100 countries and is home to nine Research Institutes.  Our health research was recognised as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ in the Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 

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