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Research Fellow

University of York - Department of Health Sciences

Location: York
Salary: £40,322 to £49,553 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th February 2021
Closes: 20th March 2021
Job Ref: 9167


This post will be based within the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York.  The group has been awarded a prestigious Programme Grant for Applied Health Research (PGfAR) from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the area of physical activity and severe mental illness (SMI). The overall aim of the SPACES programme (Supporting Physical Activity through Co-production in people with Severe Mental Illness) is to develop and test an intervention to support people with SMI to take part in physical activity.

We are looking for a Research Fellow to join the large interdisciplinary programme research team of academics, clinicians and service user/carer representatives. The post presents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and highly motivated person to develop their own career in an excellent research environment, joining a large and highly successful multi-disciplinary Department renowned for its methodological expertise and commitment to research with high impact on policy and practice.


As Research Fellow for SPACES you will be centrally involved in and manage the preparation and undertaking of mixed-methods research (including the development of an intervention and manuals, stakeholder engagement workshops, a feasibility study, randomised controlled trial, process and economic evaluation) as part of an interdisciplinary team. Supported by the Programme Lead, you will manage a small sub-team team of full-time and part-time researchers and engage comprehensively with a variety of academic, clinical and PPI stakeholders involved with the research. You will conduct research and substantially contribute to publications and other outputs from the research, be involved in national and international dissemination activities (including conferences), and use your initiative to contribute to the development of future research.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree and a PhD in relevant health related area or equivalent relevant experience in academia or the NHS
  • Research experience with larger research programmes or trials involving mixed-methods research and ability to lead and /take responsibility for parts of the programme
  • Successful management of research projects and experience of setting up and managing research studies and supervising the work of others.
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills and ability to persuade and influence stakeholders (including clinicians)
  • Ability to write up research work for publication,  present at internationally recognised conferences or exhibit work at other events
  • Outstanding commitment to high quality work, a keen interest in the research topic, and attention to detail    
  • Mentorship, training and experiential learning to further develop research skills and expertise will be provided.

Condition of Employment

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form. 

Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Interview Date: to be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Emily Peckham at

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