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Research Associate (Mixed Methods)

University of York - Health Sciences

Location: York
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th February 2024
Closes: 13th March 2024
Job Ref: 13122

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As a Research Associate, you will contribute to an NIHR programme development grant (AMICABLE-SCOPE), developing and evaluating self-harm screening tools for use in prisons. This post expands on ongoing work to develop an intervention to support the mental health of people in custody - the AMICABLE project: https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/research/mental-health/projects/addressing-mental-health-in-custody/. This appointment will be linked to the wider AMICABLE team.

You will be employed by the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. You will be based at one prison (HMP Lindholme, HMP Styal, HMP Manchester, or one other location TBC). Travel between prison sites, and to the University of York, will be required.

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 out Departmental activities.

Role

The main purpose of the role is to conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of research relating to the AMICABLE-SCOPE project.

Duties:

  • To collect data from within the prison sites to support the programme of research.
  • To undertake organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including stakeholder collaboration within each prison site.
  • To prioritise and plan your own workload.
  • To coordinate and liaise with other members of the research team to ensure the smooth running of the project.
  • To be adaptable, flexible, and responsive, whilst maintaining a confident approach to changing environments and circumstances, acknowledging that the research areas will include vulnerable prisoners.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A degree in a health or social science research related field (e.g., psychology, health sciences).
  • PhD (in Psychology, Criminology, Sociology or allied health or social science related field) or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of a range of mixed methods research techniques and methodologies; including large scale surveys and qualitative interviewing.
  • In-depth knowledge of qualitative data analysis techniques and ability to apply such knowledge into practice.
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media.
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination.
  • Competency to make presentations at conferences.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently using own initiative.
  • Experience with database packages (e.g., Microsoft Excel, SPSS).
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research.

Interview date: 27th March 2024

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Amanda Perry: amanda.perry@york.ac.uk or Dr Lewis Paton: lewis.paton@york.ac.uk

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.

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

 

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