Senior Research Assistant/Research Assistant

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Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant to join our team. The main purpose of the role is to work on a research project funded by the Applied Research Collaboration for the North East and North Cumbria (as part of the Prevention, Early Intervention and Behaviour Change theme). The aim of this pragmatic process evaluation is to inform the implementation plan for Making Every Contact Count (MECC) and facilitate successful implementation of the bespoke MECC training at scale. This project will be conducted within a mental health inpatient setting, and community treatment teams across Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW).

The applicant will work under the supervision of Angela Rodrigues (Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University) in a team consisting of academics from Newcastle and Durham Universities and a range of stakeholders including CNTW and MECC strategy group. This also includes patient and public involvement.

Project Title: Understanding the implementation of ‘Making Every Contact Count’ (MECC) delivered by healthcare professionals in a Mental Health setting: A pragmatic process evaluation.

Given the nature of this research, experience of qualitative research methods and sound organisation skills, are required. Further details of the post are appended below.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To support the project team and organise and conduct research including qualitative, semi-structured interviews, intervention fidelity analysis and document review using behaviour change tools (e.g. coding behaviour change techniques).
  • To undertake qualitative data analysis and prepare data summaries.
  • To maintain and analyse research data using appropriate computer software, such as Nvivo, SPSS and Microsoft Excel.
  • To interpret the results of own research and generate original ideas based on outcomes.
  • To lead the PPI/E activities for the project.
  • To support meetings with co-investigators and the advisory group.
  • To provide administrative project support e.g., organising meetings, preparing agendas and taking meeting minutes.
  • To provide support for the study administration team ensure participant queries are answered correctly and in a timely manner.
  • To contribute to the drafting of papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals; to draft project summaries suitable for lay audiences.
  • To contribute to the preparation of reports and papers for presentation at national and international conferences and meetings.
  • To present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g., Advisory groups, sponsors or members of research groups.
  • To be aware of and comply with research governance and data protection legislation; and to ensure that research activity, data collection and management comply with these demands. To assist with research governance tasks and processes.
  • In collaboration with senior staff, to identify and undertake a programme of professional development.
  • To contribute to the development of the research team with respect to the development of research as an active team member.
  • To liaise with the research team on day-to-day issues, deal with any issues arising which may affect the achievement of research objectives.

To apply for this vacancy please click ‘Apply Now’, and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio).Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

If you are successful in your application for this role, you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited.  Further details can be found at

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community.The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

This role is 29.6 hours per week Currently, due to COVID-19, academic staff will normally be on campus for approximately two days per week when face to face teaching is scheduled, and as required to undertake research using specialist facilities.