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Research Associate in Health Inequalities

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

We seek to recruit a talented, effective social scientist with a strong interest in understanding and tackling the social determinants of health inequalities, particularly those linked to race/ethnicity and migration.

This is a demanding and exciting role that requires an ability to progress work across a range of activities simultaneously. The post-holder will work across at least three NIHR funded, inter-disciplinary research studies using a range of methodologies and engaging with Local Authority, third sector and community stakeholders. Projects focus on the social determinants of health including social isolation, discrimination, economic deprivation and housing.

We require someone with:
• PhD in a relevant discipline or equivalent research experience;
• experience of undertaking systematic literature reviews and evidence syntheses;
• first-hand experience of qualitative data generation and analysis;
• a strong understanding of the themes related to race/ethnicity, migration and health inequalities;
• excellent interpersonal, organisational and team working skills.
Applicants that can additionally demonstrate quantitative research skills and/or fluency in one or more community languages will be viewed favourably.

You will join an exciting research environment working with colleagues across two Faculties and bridging the health and social sciences. Projects will also involve working with leading academics from a number of partner universities and there will be varied capacity development opportunities within the NIHR School for Public Health Research. You will be expected to contribute to academic outputs including journal articles and conference presentations.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

• Work closely with team members to design and implement operational procedures through which the different components of the research protocols can be efficiently operationalised.
• Undertake key elements of systematic review and evidence synthesis for a project focused on social isolation and loneliness among migrant and minority ethnic people.
• Undertake stakeholder consultation interviews, policy document analysis and dataset review for a project focused on identifying research priorities in the field of migration, ethnicity and health.
• Contribute to data generation and analysis as needed across a range of other ongoing projects focused on health inequalities.
• Dependent on skills, undertake statistical analysis of large-scale secondary datasets in preparation for research proposal development.
• Conduct research in accordance with relevant legislation and within the requirements of research ethics and governance, including recruitment of participants and obtaining informed consent.
• Monitor data collection and analysis to ensure key information and findings that may influence the direction of the research are communicated to team members. The unpredictability of research means that ongoing planning needs to accommodate new developments.
• Work in collaboration and offer support to other colleagues working on these projects and play an active role within Faculty research themes.
• Contribute to, and as appropriate lead on, the production of research outputs including peer-reviewed journal articles and practice/policy-focused products.
• Disseminate research findings through presentations at local, national and international conferences.
• Read academic papers, journals and text books and attend conferences/meetings to establish a good understanding of the subject matter and to keep abreast of developments as the study proceeds.
• Build internal and external contacts and participate in networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration.
• Identify appropriate sources of funding and assist in preparing and writing research proposals for the UK and/or international funding bodies.
• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.
• Lead on the planning of day-to-day project work, to ensure delivery of the study within agreed timescales.
• Take responsibility for research projects, ensuring delivery of a quality product to the agreed deadline, liaising with other members of the research group over work progress.
• Together with senior staff, contribute to advance planning to meet deadlines for formal project monitoring and study milestones, such as data collection, data analysis and report writing.
• Identify key contributions required to each project in advance e.g. literature searches, liaison with stakeholders.
• Plan for contribution to the research up to six months ahead, incorporating issues such as the availability of resources and overall research aims.
• Prioritise own workload across research projects and academic development.
• Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post.


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