Senior Research Assistant/Research Fellow (SCRiPT)

Opening Date:
1 Apr 2022
Closing Date:
2 May 2022
Salary Range:

School/Department: School of Health & Social Work / Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care

FTE: 1.0 FTE working 37 hours per week (job-share or part-time considered)
Duration of Contract: Fixed term contract for 24 months
Salary: Senior Research Assistant – UH6 £28756 pa with potential to progress to £34,304 pa;
Research Fellow – UH7 £34304 pa with potential to progress to £40927 pa; both on achieving
designated skills and experience
Location: College Lane Campus, Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire

The SCRiPT study is a partnership with adult social care at Hertfordshire County Council and Norfolk County Council. The project will create and test four Communities of Practice (Research in Practice Teams – RiPTs) to increase research skills among social care staff. RiPTs will carry out research in the following priority areas for adult social care:

  • The impact of occupational therapy on the quality of life of people with learning disabilities and their carers
  • The role of occupational therapy in effective reablement programmes
  • The acceptability to service users of data sharing through assistive technology
  • The impact of Discharge to Assess pathways on the wellbeing of people with dementia

Main Duties and Responsibilities
For the role of Senior Research Assistant you will support the research team in achieving the project milestones and attend project meetings as required. In addition to this you will also be expected to handle date collection and analysis and contribute to the design and organisation of the research project and to academic peer reviewed papers and presentations. This role will also require you to supervise undergraduate and post-graduate student projects related to the research field.

The role of Research Fellow will expect you to undertake research within the scope of the project, establishing a programme of research activity working collaboratively with colleagues at UH and partner organisations as appropriate and seek external funding. You will also disseminate the outcomes of the project in publications, at conferences and through other appropriate media. In addition to this you will create opportunities to maximise the wider economic and social impact of research activities, capturing relevant evidence to support impact and engaging with external partners and stakeholders as appropriate.

Skills and Experience
For the role of Senior Research Assistant you will have experience working as part of a research team in a Higher Education Institution or in industry and demonstrable research experience at undergraduate level (e.g final year project). You will also have experience of working with service user/public groups in applied research.
For the role of Research Fellow, you will have proven experience working in a research environment and experience of presenting research findings such as contributions to conferences and symposia at a local and national level. You will also have research experience of collaborating with social care and, as appropriate, health care and public health professionals.

For either role you will hold minimum of undergraduate honours degree at a minimum 2:2 (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. A PhD is required for Research Fellow.

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