Senior Research Assistant - Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
£28,553 - £34,702 (and pro rata thereafter)
Jul 31, 2020
End of advertisement period
Aug 31, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Applications are invited for a highly motivated and ambitious individual to join the Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families’ Research, within the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Northumbria University.

The successful applicant will be appointed at a Senior Research Assistant (Grade 5) and will work alongside an established research team in the Northern hub of Veterans and Military Families research. Under guidance of the principal investigator (Dr Gemma Wilson), the successful candidate will carry out tasks related to: ethics, participant recruitment, mixed-method data collection, mixed-method data analysis, and project dissemination.

This position will be working over two externally funded research projects; one funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, and one funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. Both projects aim to explore social isolation and loneliness of War Widows. The issues of loneliness and social isolation have recently been a focus within the Armed Forces Community, and there are specific factors related to being part of the Armed Forces Community that can increase vulnerability to, or impact experiences of, social isolation and loneliness – such as social and geographical mobility, military service, and life transitions such as widowhood. Research by our team demonstrates that widowhood is a complex phenomenon which can be compounded by the loss of relationships, financial hardship and a lack of access to social support which may be especially relevant to War Widows as they experience the loss of their (Forces) community in addition to the loss of their spouse. Despite widowhood being recognised as a key transition impacting loneliness and social isolation, there is currently a lack of research focusing specifically on widow(er)s whose partner’s death is attributable to service life.

The role is an excellent opportunity for someone with experience in health psychology, public health, and/or military-related studies. Expertise in mixed methods research is also required.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated researcher with an excellent work ethic who is able to learn new techniques rapidly.  The applicant should have a PhD degree in a relevant subject area. They will have previous experience of delivering a research project and presenting findings to colleagues and collaborators. They must be able to work effectively and work to deadlines.

Please note: This position is full-time for 12 months, and then 0.6 (3 days per week) for a further 12 months.

Northumbria University is research-rich and business-focused, with a global reputation for academic excellence and was ranked within the top 50 UK universities for ‘Research Power’ in the 2016 Research Excellence Framework.

The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families Research at Northumbria University is a collective of academics, service providers and service users with a common interest in improving the health and social wellbeing of veterans and their families across the life span by means of translational research. Find out more about the Northern Hub for Military Veterans and Families Research at:

For informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Dr Gemma Wilson,

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article.

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.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Northumbria University may not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position.

Please note this vacancy will close on 31/08/2020

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