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Research Associate

University of Glasgow - School of Social and Political Sciences

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £39,347 to £44,263
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th December 2023
Closes: 3rd January 2024
Job Ref: 133649

This post is full time and fixed term for 2 years

We have an exciting opportunity for a post-doctoral Researcher to play a key role within a new Addictions Policy Research Unit (PRU). The Addictions PRU has recently been commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care for England, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research, and starts in January 2024 for an initial 5-year period.

The PRU is a collaboration involving 10 UK universities led from the Addictions Department at King’s College London (KCL), the University of Sheffield’s Alcohol Research Group and the University of Glasgow’s Gambling Glasgow Research Centre. Its aim is to inform policymaking relating to alcohol, tobacco and nicotine, other drugs, and gambling. Research conducted within the PRU will draw on a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and will incorporate different disciplinary perspectives including public health, epidemiology, psychology, health economics, operational research and psychiatry. The PRU will particularly focus on research that relates to public policy and practice and, especially, research that can play an important role in guiding future policymaking.

We are looking to appoint a post-doctoral researcher focusing on gambling research within the PRU. You will be based at Gambling Research Glasgow (GRG), within the School of Social and Political Sciences and will work closely with Professor Heather Wardle, Professor Gerda Reith and other members of the Gambling Research Glasgow Group.  The group is a friendly and supportive team of c.10 researchers and PhD students who work together on a wide range of high-impact public health and policy research related to gambling.

You will be part of a team of pre- and post-doctoral researchers working with colleagues at Glasgow, King’s College London and Sheffield as well as our wider network of Co-Investigators and Collaborators across other UK universities, on this and potentially other areas of the PRU. You may also collaborate with clinical groups and service providers, commissioners and policymakers across the UK. As a member of the PRU you will also benefit from a dedicated training fund and membership of the Addictions PRU Academy, which will provide training and career development opportunities to early career researchers and other collaborators in the PRU.

You should have a PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline and an understanding of research related to one or more addictive substance. You should also have a significant experience of carrying out independent research using quantitative research methods. Expertise in the management and analysis of survey data (cross sectional and longitudinal) is particularly welcomed.

Informal enquiries about the role are welcomed, and should be addressed to Professor Heather Wardle, Heather.Wardle@glasgow.ac.uk, in the first instance.

Closing date: 3 January 2024

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/

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