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Research Fellow in Public Health

Health Sciences & Wellbeing - School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £35,333 to £53,355 per annum pro rata
Fixed Term Contract for 3 years
Hours per Week:  22.2
Closing Date:  Saturday 01 April 2023
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  0538-21-R6-R
Further details:    Job Description    

Situated within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute carries out applied research and knowledge exchange activities across health and social care settings and has an ambitious growth plan. These strategic programmes are aligned to international, national and regional policy in these areas. Since opening, the Institute’s strategy has also evolved in response to key national and regional policy on the impact of the pandemic on the commissioning and delivery of services in the NHS, local authority, and care, alongside the evidenced widening of health inequalities. The Institute works collaboratively with external organisations from health, social care, local authority, academic, commercial, and professional bodies. These international, national, and regional partnerships produce co-designed research and knowledge exchange activities under the four Institute programmes and four workstreams to provide recommendations and solutions to health and wellbeing challenges across the continuum of care. Sunderland City Council and the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute have a strong collaborative research relationship with the collective aim of improving population health and reducing health inequalities in Sunderland.

Based in Sunderland City Council, working collaboratively with the Institute, you will further develop research studies and implement  knowledge exchange activity and projects in health and Health Services Research within the strategic aims of the Sunderland Healthy City Plan 2020-30, including addressing ways of reducing health inequalities aligned to the strategic programmes and workstreams of the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute.

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate qualification (MSc or higher) or equivalent in a health and care related subject, possess experience of managing and delivering successful research and knowledge exchange activity within a Higher Education and healthcare context, including an in-depth knowledge of health inequalities and have a significant and successful track record of research activity including external funding, high quality publications and achieving impactful research.

For any informal enquiries about the role, please email Professor Yitka Graham, Head of the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute at

Previous applicants need not apply.

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