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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Health Sciences & Wellbeing - School of Medicine

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £35,333 to £42,155 per annum
Fixed Term for 36 months
Hours per Week:  37
Closing Date:  Thursday 13 October 2022
Reference:  0485-22
Further details:    Job Description    

You are invited to apply for the role of Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with one of our research projects funded by Cancer Research UK.

Cancer screening saves lives but Muslim women are less likely to access screening than white-British women. This is concerning as incidence rates of cancer appear to be increasing in ethnic minority groups, making them less likely to benefit from earlier diagnosis of cancer. This study is a non-randomised trial and investigates the feasibility, effectiveness, and implementation of a co-designed, faith- based and peer-led intervention to improve breast, bowel, and cervical screening uptake among Muslim women in the UK. The aim is to improve cancer screening uptake among Muslim women.

Supported by the research team, the post-holder will manage all aspects of the research, including intervention delivery, data collection, data analysis and data dissemination.

You will have a PhD in public health or a related field, or be nearing completion, and will have extensive experience of relevant health research, particularly feasibility studies or clinical trials, and possibly regarding cancer and/or health inequalities. You will ideally have both quantitative and qualitative research skills. You will be self-motivated and able to work independently but you will also be a team player. You are a good communicator and able to present information on research progress and outcomes to different audiences.

Some of the key responsibilities:

  • Management of academic research and administrative activities related to the project. This will involve project management of multiple aspects of the project to meet tight deadlines and project milestones.
  • Contribute to effective liaison and networking with all stakeholders, including community organisations and Patient, Public, Community Engagement and Involvement.
  • Assist with the process of obtaining ethical approval.
  • Contribute to recruitment of participants into the feasibility trial.
  • Facilitate the delivery of the intervention, qualitative evaluation through focus groups and/or interviews and the quantitative evaluation through a survey.
  • Carefully track and monitor of project data in relation to the feasibility aspect, such as for example recruitment rates.
  • Support careful monitoring of the research budget as appropriate.
  • Contribute to relevant meetings.
  • Support the team in the dissemination of research findings and reach-out activities through publication, presentation or exhibition.

You will be working with an exciting team from multiple institutions, including national and international, academic, clinical and community organisations. As Research Associate you will be a key member of the team. The project is led by Dr Floor Christie-de Jong from the University of Sunderland and Professor Katie Robb from the University of Glasgow. For an informal chat about the role please contact: floor.christie@sunderland.ac.uk 

This is a full-time role for a duration of 36 months and available from the 1st of November 2022.

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The University of Sunderland has been awarded the Time/ Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion for 2021, follow the link below to see why!

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The University of Sunderland is proud to be an equal opportunities employer, treating all applicants equally and ensuring recruitment is based on merit. However we particularly welcome applications from the following groups as they are underrepresented within the University of Sunderland at this level/in this area: Women, LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as well as candidates with disabilities, whether hidden or otherwise. In addition, we are ‘happy to talk flexible working’.


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