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Senior Research Associate – Mixed Methods Public Health Research (University of Bristol)

The role
This position is an excellent opportunity for an able and ambitious mixed-methods public health researcher to be involved in conducting public health research in a leading public health department. [1] As the post holder you will be involved in contributing to a variety of studies evaluating public health interventions being undertaken by local authorities and third sector organisations. These may include projects concerned with the mental health and well-being of young people in secondary schools, community psychological services for adults linked to services addressing the wider determinates of mental ill health such as debt, unemployment and insecure housing and a feasibility study of an infant oral health intervention delivered by health visitors. The post offers a great opportunity for an enthusiastic and hard-working mixed-methods researcher to further develop a career in public health research working with people from different specialities (including epidemiology, public health, policy studies and psychiatry).

What will you be doing?
You will contribute to the overall delivery, completion and dissemination of research funded by NIHR School for Public Health in Bristol in collaboration with other members of the School in England.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (SPHR) undertakes research into public health with an emphasis on what works practically and meets the needs of policy makers, practitioners and the public. The NIHR SPHR has strong links with local public health practice in the NHS and Local Authorities in Bristol and the West of England.

You should apply if
– You want to contribute to improving public health and reducing health inequalities!
– You have an honours degree (minimum requirement is a 2.1) in a relevant subject and a PhD in a relevant discipline as applied to health
– You have experience of collecting and analysing both qualitative and quantitative data, reviewing literature, using epidemiological methods in research, and undertaking data analysis using
STATA or similar software
– You hold knowledge of complex intervention development and evaluation applied to health
– You understand the process for gaining ethical approval for research studies and research governance issues relevant to public health research
– You have an excellent track record of writing up and communicating research findings to varied audiences
– You are someone who can work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
– You have excellent organisational skills and can show attention to detail
– You have a track record of excellence in research and taking responsibility for project

The Shanghai Ranking currently places Public Health at the University of Bristol as 3rd in the UK, 4th in Europe and 8th globally.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to or Dr Judi Kidger (, Dr Frank de Vocht ( or Dr Ruth Kipping (

Additional information
Contract type: Open ended with fixed funding until 31/03/2022

Work pattern: Full-time

Grade: J

Salary: £38,017 – £42,792 per annum

School/Unit: Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Population Health Sciences

This advert will close at 23:59 GMT on 20th January 2021

The selection process is due to take place at the end of January.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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