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Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

University of Nottingham - School of Medicine- Injury, Recovery and Inflammation Sciences

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £30,487 to £38,205 (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33966 with relevant PhD)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: MED502823

We are inviting applications for the post of Research Associate/Fellow to support an innovative study funded by Versus Arthritis developing ways to assess central nervous system contributions to pain that will accelerate musculoskeletal pain diagnosis and treatment.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary research team within Pain Centre versus Arthritis. You will contribute to a range of research activities, which will include (but not limited to) contributing to ethical submissions, research protocol planning and co-production with research partners, collection of research data, and undertaking qualitative interviews with research participants. You should have experience in the use of research methodologies and techniques to work within the area of pain and musculoskeletal health and the ability to creatively apply relevant research approaches, models, techniques, and methods. 

Candidates must have PhD or equivalent in psychology, applied health research, social science or behavioural science or are near to completion of a PhD. Experience in qualitative methodology and analysis is essential, experience of pain assessments is also desirable. Key skills required include excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to build relationships and collaborate with others. 

You will join an established team led by Professor David Walsh, whose main area of research interests include musculoskeletal pain assessment, treatments, and mechanistic understanding.

This role is available on a fixed term basis until 30th June 2026. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours) ; however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 21.75 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part time and the number of preferred hours. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Requests for secondment from internal candidates may be considered on the basis that prior agreement has been sought from both your current line manager and the manager of your substantive post if you are already undertaking a secondment role.

Please note due to the nature of the research programme, there may be requests for occasional evening/weekend working. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Stephanie Smith, tel: 0115 823 1942 Or email Stephanie.Smith2@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

It is a condition of this post that satisfactory basic disclosure is obtained from the 'Disclosure and Barring Service'.

Further details:

Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

Applicants for this post will be considered on an equal basis, subject to the relevant permission to work in the UK as defined by the requirements set out by UK Visas & Immigration.  Please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration for more information.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependents accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see our Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge webpages.

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