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Research Coordinator - Drugs Research Network Scotland

University of Stirling

Location: Stirling
Salary: £33,707 to £40,322 per annum (pro-rata) (Grade 7)
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th November 2020
Closes: 13th December 2020
Job Ref: FAC01255

The Post

The aims of the project

The Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS) is funded by the Scottish Government to help inform policy and practice that will reduce the harms associated with drug use in Scotland. We are committed to the meaningful involvement of people with lived/living experience of drug use, and affected family members, throughout our work. We engage with a wide range of stakeholders to:

  • develop collaborative research projects to address key information needs. These collaborations include people with lived/living experience, affected family members, academics, health and care service providers, service planners and decision/policy makers.
  • secure funding to deliver these projects across Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.
  • share learning from our and other peoples’ research to help inform the Scottish response to problem drug use.

The Role

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Research Coordinator to support the developing work of the DRNS. This post is a unique opportunity to move the DRNS into the next phase in which supporting ambitious and large-scale collaborative projects will be a priority. Research management experience is required, and knowledge or involvement in drug dependence, addictions, drug policy and health service research are highly desirable. A minimum of Masters or MRes level degree is essential, as is the ability to communicate confidently and effectively through all communication systems, excellent planning and organisational skills, and a particular eye for detail. This role would suit someone who enjoys crafting clear research proposals from initial networking and collaboration, to study design and preparation of the application. 

Description of Duties

DRNS is required to deliver on a number of Key Performance Indicators relating to the development of high impact research but also in terms of improved information exchange and communications. The role-holder will be expected to keep abreast of research developments in order to ensure the development of the DRNS’s research activities is guided by strategic, as well as scientific, expertise and judgment.

The postholder will be expected to:

  • identify ambitious and collaborative research opportunities and co-develop the intellectual material for research proposals that meet the needs of the Scottish drugs research strategic framework
  • facilitate the development of high quality grant applications for a range of national and international funding sources, including programme level funding, by proactively supporting principal investigators and team
  • develop the international reach of the DRNS
  • work closely with a wide, diverse and dispersed group of stakeholders, and the core team members, to ensure the successful day-to-day management and promotion of the network

Essential Criteria

  • hold a relevant Masters or MRes level degree ideally with formal research training in an area of research of relevance to the drugs field;
  • possess sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the field of drug/addiction/drug policy studies to develop research projects and programmes
  • have demonstrated experience of preparing successful grant applications
  • have demonstrated experience in study design/planning and conducting high quality research, including specific experience in data management, collection and analysis

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