Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sports-Related Concussion

£34304 - £40927 per annum + pro rata
09 Sep 2021
End of advertisement period
23 Sep 2021
Durham University
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference in people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

The Department

The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University offers a vibrant, innovative and friendly academic environment for talented individuals to flourish, whose research interests and experiences align with and extend the existing thematic strengths of the Department. The successful applicant will contribute to a rapidly expanding programme of concussion research in the Department’s Sporting Lives research theme, and which is also a central focus of the Brain, Body and Behaviour Academy of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.

This post provides the opportunity to lead research within a highly collegiate Department that is already recognised among the world’s best, as shown by our World Top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings for Sports Related Subjects in 2020. The post will also mean you have opportunities to progress your career within one of the world’s great universities and one of the most distinctive.    

Durham University’s strategic plan identifies a diverse and inclusive workforce as one of our key priorities. The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, therefore, welcomes colleagues with the experiences and competencies to contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity and diversity throughout campus life. 

The Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in sports-related concussion with a particular emphasis on intervention. The overall research project is led by Dr Karen Hind and Dr Paul Chazot (Department of Biosciences) and in collaboration with an industry partner.

The study will investigate the acceptability of a new, food-based brain health supplement in healthy, non-injured athletes at risk of concussion and in retired contact sports athletes. The successful applicant will be expected to prepare and submit the research ethics application, conduct the research, analyse the data and prepare the report. The data from this study will inform funding applications for a substantive efficacy trial of the new supplement.

Responsibilities :


  • To conduct research under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Grant-holder.
  • To work collaboratively within the research team and integrate within the wider department through attendance at research seminars and related events
  • To prepare the research ethics application and supporting documentation including participant questionnaire.  
  • To assist with participant recruitment and communications with participants.
  • To perform the research through allocation and monitoring of supplementation over 6 weeks in approximately 40 athletes and retired athletes, and to collect data from participants on acceptability.
  • To prepare a report on the study and the findings.
  • To understand and convey material of a specialist or highly technical nature to the team or group of people through presentations and discussions that leads to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications.
  • To prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to audiences which may include: research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences.
  • To publish high quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • To assist with the development of research objectives and proposals.
  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
  • To work with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and other colleagues in the research group, as appropriate, to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.
  • To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and offering creative or innovative solutions.
  • To liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration.
  • To plan and manage own research activity, research resources in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of the research project.
  • To deliver training in research techniques/approaches to peers, visitors and students as appropriate.
  • To be involved in student supervision, as appropriate, and assist with the assessment of the knowledge of students.
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • To engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • To engage in continuing professional development by participation in the undergraduate or postgraduate teaching programmes or by membership of departmental committees, etc. and by attending relevant training and development courses.   

This post is fixed term for 5 months duration to reflect the duration of the research project and the funding that is available for this fixed period only.

The post-holder is employed to work on a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.