Active West Lancs Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Edge Hill University - Sport & Physical Activity

Location: Ormskirk

Fixed Term for 18 months

Fulfill your potential within a supportive research active team

About You

You should have a PhD in children’s physical activity and health (or similar), and have experience of conducting high quality physical activity, fitness, and health promotion research involving children, teachers, and parents with particular reference to school settings. You will be passionate about working with children and about physical activity promotion, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and experience of project management.

Experience of measuring physical activity using accelerometry would be an advantage, and good statistical analysis skills are essential. Experience of using qualitative research methods is desirable but is not essential if the candidate is willing to learn and develop in this area. An enhanced DBS check and your own transport are required to undertake the position.

This post is an opportunity for an emerging researcher to progress their career by working alongside a dynamic team of academics as part of a fast-growing physical activity and health research group.

About the Role

Edge Hill University in partnership with West Lancashire Borough Council is evaluating the Active West Lancs physical activity and healthy lifestyles programme ( You will lead the research and evaluation of the children and schools element of the Active West Lancs programme. The project will focus on evaluating the effects of the school-based aspects of the programme by gathering data relating to children’s physical activity, health-related fitness, psychosocial wellbeing, and academic performance. We are also keen to get the views of the participating teachers, children, and parents, as well as evaluate programme fidelity.


We want you to feel happy when you come to work and proud when you go home.

From the moment you join us you have the opportunity to enhance your skills. We offer a range of specialist development sessions or courses and an award winning staff health & wellbeing programme (HR Excellence Awards 2017). This means as well as opportunities to attend interactive sessions like ‘Presenting with impact’ or ‘Preparing for progression & success’ you are able to have a lunchtime stroll across our beautiful campus, book to get a trim from our onsite hairdresser, your car valeted, or get together with colleagues over free food and drink to watch the latest film on one of our Film Nights and so much more.

This is just a taste of what we are able to offer you at Edge Hill University.

About Us

"A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education.

The University has been ranked Best University Workplace (Times Higher Education 2015), judged Best UK Employer (European Business Awards 2016) and highly commended in Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 for Workplace of the Year.

The Times Higher ‘University of the Year’ award celebrated our distinct role in “transforming lives” – reflecting a distinctive philosophy of creating opportunity from excellence.

Based on an award-winning campus in West Lancashire, Edge Hill University offers a stimulating and empowering environment for ambitious and high performing professionals.

For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Professor Stuart Fairclough ( or Dr Rob Noonan (

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