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Research Associate in Pediatric Physical Activity

Nottingham Trent University - Sports Science, School of Science & Technology

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £29,762 to £34,475 p.a. pro rata or £35,505-£39,938 p.a. pro rata
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th January 2023
Closes: 3rd February 2023
Job Ref: 011845

Additional Information: This is a 3 year fixed term contract split across two roles starting from the 1st April 2023

Research Associate in Pediatric Physical Activity - £29,762-£34,475 p.a. pro rata

Lecturer in Pediatric Physical Activity - £35,505-£39,938 p.a. pro rata

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and talented Research Associate and Lecturer in Pediatric Physical Activity. Your primary role will be split across these two roles; working 22.2 hours per week as a Research Associate on a funded research project, alongside working 14.8 hours per week as a Lecturer in the Department of Sport Science.

Background information on the Department of Sport Science

The Department of Sport Science resides within the School of Science and Technology on the Clifton Campus of Nottingham Trent University (NTU). The Department has a long and established history for delivering sport-related programmes and research, with 96% of our research being rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in REF2021. Currently the Department comprises 54 academic staff and ~50 PhD research students, as well as having large and vibrant undergraduate and taught postgraduate cohorts. Recent investment into the Department has enhanced our physical resources, research environment and the student learning experience. With six well-equipped physiology laboratories, two biomechanics labs, a British Olympic Association approved environmental chamber, a recently refurbished sport psychology suite and world-leading equipment for research, the Department, its facilities and its collaborative staff offer wonderful opportunities for excellence in sports science teaching, research and enterprise.

About the role:

The 0.6 FTE Research Associate role will be to support on a funded project, in collaboration with the Rosetrees Trust, entitled “Evaluating and enhancing the role of Physical Education (PE) in optimising cardiometabolic health and cognitive function in secondary school children: allowing every child to reach their potential”. The project that you will work on is an evaluation of Physical Education (PE) in secondary schools. The role will involve the day-to-day running of all aspects of the research project, including participant recruitment, data collection, data analysis, dissemination and project administration. There will also be the opportunity to work to ensure the impact of the work is maximised. The project will quantitatively evaluate the effects of each element of the PE curriculum on health and cognition in secondary school pupils, and use qualitative methodologies alongside this to provide a holistic evaluation. Subsequently, a refined PE intervention will be developed and pilot tested. For this project you will be working, as part of a research team, directly with young people in school-based research. There will also be the opportunity to participate in the wider research activities of the Physical Activity and Nutrition for Health Across the Lifespan (PANHAL) research group within the Department of Sport Science/SHAPE research centre.

The 0.4 FTE Lecturer aspect of the role will be to support high quality teaching in the Department of Sport Science. You will contribute across the four undergraduate programmes offered within the Department, with a focus on Physical Activity and Health related content. You may also teach more broadly exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, and/or research methods. There will be the opportunity to deliver lead lectures, alongside running laboratory practicals, group seminars and tutorials.

You will have a PhD in a related (sport science/physical activity) discipline, and experience of interdisciplinary research would be advantageous.

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