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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th February 2020
Closes: 24th February 2020
Job Ref: 95711

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792

Grade 7 

Full Time/FTC for 28 months

Closing date: 24th February 2020 

We require a post-doctoral research fellow to work with Colin Greaves, Professor of Psychology Applied to Health in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham ( This is an opportunity to help deliver a NIHR-funded project in the field of behavioural medicine, working with cardiovascular consultants and health professionals to develop a self-care support intervention for men at high risk of cardiovascular events.

Main Duties 

  • Design and delivery of the funded research study (as described above)
  • Helping to design a complex health behaviour change intervention, with assistance of the line manager (Prof Greaves)
  • Analysis and interpretation of data
  • Helping to write bids for future research funding
  • Writing up research findings for publication
  • Disseminating research findings for publication, research seminars etc
  • Developing new behaviour change models, techniques and methods 
  • Dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Applying knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Supervising students on research related work and providing guidance to PhD students 
  • Management/administration arising from research
  • Contributing to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Developing research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contributing to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collecting research data through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature review and research interviews
  • Providing guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research 

Person Specification

  • A PhD (or near completion) and first degree relevant to the research area and roles described here. For example in Health Behavioural Science, Health Psychology, Health Promotion or Health Services Research.
  • Track record in the development or evaluation of behavioural interventions
  • High level analytical capability, including experience with a range of quantitative statistical analysis methods
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management and administration processes
  • Great communication skills, including a strong track record of publication /writing up of research findings, as well as the ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Ability to communicate material of a specialist or highly technical nature.
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods (specifically for the development of behavioural interventions) and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to balance the competing pressures of research, teaching and administrative demands and deadlines
  • Knowledge and experience of research ethics and governance principles, regulations and approval procedures
  • Ability to liaise and collaborate effectively with colleagues and students
  • Ability to build contacts and participate in internal and external networks for the exchange of information and collaboration
  • Active participation as a member of a research team
  • Experience in the design and implementation of feasibility studies and other intervention-evaluation methods is desirable
  • Experience of working with clinical patient populations is desirable

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