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University of Bristol

Research Associate / Senior Research Associate Mixed Methods Public Health Research

Job description

These are excellent opportunities for ambitious and able health or social researchers with expertise in or an affinity with public health, to be involved in public health research development and evaluation within a leading public health department. These posts will involve supporting senior academics within the Centre for Public Health to develop and conduct public health studies, including those focused physical activity, obesity prevention, mental health, and the non-commercial determinants of health. Studies can be with population groups across the life course but as a research group we particularly focus on children and young people’s health.
The Centre for Public Health hosts Bristol’s membership of The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (SPHR) which undertakes research into public health with an emphasis on what works practically and meets the needs of policy makers, practitioners and the public. The NIHR SPHR has strong links with local public health practice in the NHS and Local Authorities in Bristol and the West of England. The Centre for Public Health also hosts a Public Health Intervention Research Studies team (PHIRST-Insight) which works with Local Authorities and third sector organisations to evaluate novel public health interventions.
Please refer to ACAD106947 and ACAD106948 for similar posts.

What will you be doing?

Applicants will be involved in conducting scoping literature reviews, preparatory work for evaluation studies including public and community involvement and engagement activities, building relationships with relevant stakeholders, assisting with the writing of funding applications, evaluation study protocols, ethics applications and evaluation study reports and journal papers. They will also be involved in conducting evaluation studies and for those applying for a Senior Research Associate post, taking day-to-day responsibility for these.

You should apply if

It is expected that applicants will have a good honours degree (minimum requirement is a 2.1) in a relevant subject. Those applying for a Senior Research Associate post will need to have a PhD in a relevant discipline as applied to health, or equivalent relevant experience and a Master’s degree. Those applying for a Research Associate level post will need to have an MSc with a merit or distinction in a relevant discipline.
The successful applicants will require a range of mixed methods research skills in relation to public health. Applicants will need to have had experience of applied and evaluation methodology, and a good understanding of quantitative and qualitative approaches commensurate with the level of post for which they are applying.
Candidates will also need enthusiasm, show attention to detail, have excellent writing skills and a proven ability to work both independently and within a multi-disciplinary team.
Full details of the essential criteria for applicants can be found within the job description. 

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