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Research Assistant/Associate

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The Public Health section in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) is looking to recruit a highly-motivated researcher to work on an evaluation of the effects of minimum unit pricing for alcohol. The post is part-time (60% full-time equivalent) and fixed term for an initial 12 months with the possibility of extension for a further 22 months. You will mainly work on research collecting and analysing data from people receiving treatment for alcohol problems. This will involve a mixture of detailed qualitative and straightforward quantitative analyses. You will be involved in all stages of the research
process including securing ethical approval to work in NHS settings, developing research instruments, data collection and analysis, liaising with the funder and other stakeholders and writing up the project findings for reports and journal articles.

This is an exciting opportunity for a researcher to develop their scientific career within a supportive, flexible and friendly environment. The project is led by a team from the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, who have an international reputation for high impact research of outstanding scientific merit. As part of that team, you will play a key role in evaluating a major public health intervention, the results of which are likely to be of international significance.

You should have experience of working with or researching vulnerable populations and will be able to undertake travel, including overnight trips, in Scotland and Northern England during data collection.

The successful applicant will be appointed to Grade 6 or Grade 7 dependent on skills and experience.

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

Main Duties and Responsibilities
 Assist in obtaining research ethical and governance approvals.
 Contribute to the design and undertaking of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses to a high standard.
 Collaborate closely with project colleagues and stakeholders, including those in other institutions, to support efficient delivery of project milestones.
 Maintain accurate and detailed research records.
 Comply and assist with all project data validation, ethical and quality requirements.
 Contribute to and lead high quality academic publications.
 Present the results of the research at in-house and at national and/or international conferences.
 Disseminate findings, tailoring content to meet the requirements of a varied audience.
 Contribute to identification of appropriate sources of future funding and to the writing of research proposals and grant applications for UK and international funding bodies as agreed and in collaboration with others.
 Carry out administrative roles for the project and for the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group as agreed.
 Read academic papers, journals and textbooks and attend conferences to keep abreast of developments.
 Deliver teaching on postgraduate courses and supervise dissertations of ScHARR students as required (Grade 7 only).
 Engage in wider research activities appropriate to your experience such as refereeing papers, refereeing research grants and organising conferences.

Planning and organising
 Assist in the planning of project activities and review progress against milestones on a regular basis in collaboration with other members of the team.
 Plan and undertake independent work within the resources allocated for the project.
 Ensure that key research contributions are successfully completed.
 Ensure that adequate time is assigned to various tasks to enable their timely completion within the agreed project timeline.
 Prioritise own workload, using discretion to determine priorities while also ensuring that there is cohesion with other relevant areas of the project and the research group’s wider research programme.
 Attend and contribute to project team meetings.
 Assist in the identification of research risks, monitoring and taking any actions as appropriate in collaboration with others.
 Plan time to incorporate submission of publications to peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
 Factor teaching activities into overall work plan as required.

Resource management responsibilities
 Supervise Students, Research Assistants and Clerical Assistants as requested and appropriate (Grade 7 only).
 Ensure appropriate use of non-staff budget: travel costs, IT, office costs etc.
 Assist the project leaders in ensuring the safeguarding of project data in electronic and hardcopy formats.


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