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Research Assistant in Applied Mental Health and Sexual Violence Research

University of Leeds - School of Healthcare

Location: Leeds
Salary: £27,511 to £32,817 p.a. pro rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th September 2019
Closes: 7th October 2019
Job Ref: MHHEA1141

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in applied health research? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Research Assistant to work on an exciting research study funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR); The Effectiveness of Sexual Assault Referral Centres with regard to Mental Health and Substance Use: A National Mixed Method Study (MiMoS). This study is being led by University of Leeds in collaboration with researchers at Division of Psychiatry, School of Health and Related Research (SCHARR) at University of Sheffield, UCL; and the Section of Women’s Mental Health at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), Kings College, London.  In addition to academic partners, we have a range of stakeholders involved in all aspects of the study including survivors, people with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use, and provider representatives.

This study focuses on people who attend Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and aims to examine their mental health and substance use needs, how SARCs identify, intervene or refer to support in relation to those needs. We are using Realist Evaluation methodology i.e., we want to understand what the nature of the problem is, and then identify what works for whom in what circumstances in order to make service recommendations.We are working closely with NHS England to ensure that the research has impact.  This is a three year study that has already commenced. The post will commence in October 2019 for 12months 0.5 FTE and will support the data collection phase of the study.There will be some travel and overnight stays involved as part of the role.  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Rebekah Shallcross

Tel: 0113 343 0963 (internal 30963), Email:

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Healthcare holds the Silver award.  We are committed to being an inclusive school that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Grade: Grade 6

Working Time: 50% of full time basis

Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months - external funding)

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