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Research Associate DIAMONDS Programme

University of York - Department of Health Sciences

Location: York
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per year (reduced pro-rata).
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th November 2023
Closes: 12th January 2024
Job Ref: 12885

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The Mental Health and Addiction Research Group within the Department of Health Sciences are looking to appoint a Research Associate with experience of conducting clinical trials, including liaising with trial sites and collecting data. You will be part of the NIHR funded DIAMONDS Programme, (Diabetes and Mental Illness, Improving Outcomes and Self-management) which is evaluating a new supported self-management intervention to improve diabetes care and outcomes for people with severe mental illness and developing new learning relevant to other long-term conditions. You will work with the Programme Manager, Jennifer Brown, and the chief-investigator, Prof Najma Siddiqi, as part of a multidisciplinary team.

You will have knowledge and experience in the conduct of multicentre trials, a PhD or have equivalent experience in a relevant discipline and will work with the DIAMONDS research team in carrying out the evaluation of the intervention within the Programme. This includes supporting the delivery of an ongoing RCT. The post will be based at the University of York and you will also at times be expected to travel across research sites across England to undertake fieldwork and attend project meetings as needed.

The University of York offers flexible working patterns and a number of family friendly initiatives. As a Department we are proud to foster a supportive culture that helps staff and students contribute fully, flourish and excel, to reach their full potential. We embrace equality, diversity and inclusion as well as the values of the Athena SWAN Charter in all our Departmental activities. 

Role

The successful applicant will work with the DIAMONDS research team

  • to support the delivery of an ongoing RCT to evaluate the DIAMONDS intervention collection of quantitative (questionnaire) and qualitative (interview) data.
  • To work with the DIAMONDS PPI Panel DIAMONDS Voice.
  • To liaise with trial sites, York Trials Unit, Clinical Research Networks (CRNs), and regulatory authorities as needed to support the delivery of the trial.
  • To contribute to the production of research outputs, including journal articles, conference/meeting presentations, and annual reports to the funder.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD in a relevant subject or substantial equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of trial methods used in health services research, their strengths, limitations, applications and a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Knowledge of trial regulations and R&D processes within an NHS context
  • Experience delivering clinical trials in a UK context, including development of trial protocols, liaison with regulatory authorities, site set-up, recruitment, data collection, and study closure
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research and ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals
  • Experience of writing up research work for publication, competency to make presentations and to assist with undergraduate teaching.

Interview date: Wednesday, 31 January 2024

For informal enquiries: please contact the DIAMONDS Programme Manager, Jennifer Brown, jennifer.brown@york.ac.uk

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