Senior Research Assistant

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£28,981 - £35,223
21 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
14 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Senior Research Assistant
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Ref: HLS/21/13244

Salary: £28,981 - £35,223

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Grade: 5

Closing date: 14/08/2022

Contract Type: Fixed Term For 21 Months

Working Type: Full Time

We are seeking to appoint a highly committed, motivated and creative post-doctoral researcher to join the team within Northumbria University’s Psychology department. The role is based within the Communication Technology Lab (PaCT Lab). Based within Northumbria’s Newcastle City Centre campus, PaCT is one of few university-based HCI research and training facilities based within a psychology department in the UK; attracting over £10M in research grants around technology and behaviour. PaCT is also part of the newly announced UKRI funded research centre: The Centre for Digital Citizens at the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria, exploring how to better enable digital citizenship and well-being through the use of technology.

This role is part of an EPSRC funded project looking at the design of an intervention to allow remote (‘at home’) measurement of chewing efficiency (masticatory efficiency) in individuals with eating disorders, dementia or other health conditions. This intervention would be linked to a personalised treatment plan to enable the individual to improve, or at least maintain, chewing efficiency - linked to better quality of life. The intervention will automatically generate tailored treatment plans which will include advised dietary items and physiotherapy exercises.

This is a large, multidisciplinary project spanning across 5 institutions within the UK (Northumbria University: Psychology, London South Bank: Engineering, University of Exeter: Health Research/Physiotherapy, Sussex University: Psychology, and University of Kent: Computing). The post holder will be based with the Principal Investigator within Northumbria University and will focus upon the human factors elements of the project (for example, identifying user needs and requirements, identifying potential barriers and facilitators to adoption of the technology, refinement of the prototype based on user feedback, and feeding into the overall design of the device and the associated online portal). As part of this role, you will be expected to designing and conducting end-user workshops, recruit participants, analyse quantitative and qualitative data, present research findings at project meetings, conferences and events, and write research papers for publication in academic journals. You will also be expected to regularly liaise with the other university partners.

Applicants should hold a PhD in Psychology or another related discipline. You must be able to work independently and as a team member. You will be responsible for day-to-day elements of managing and running the project to ensure effective progression; therefore, excellent communication, organisation and multitasking skills are essential. You should have experience of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Demonstrable experience of conducting participant interviews and/or focus groups is highly desirable, alongside any research experience relating to mental and/or physical health conditions. Experience of multidisciplinary working is beneficial due to the nature of this project.

Willingness for national travel is essential, some international travel may also be required.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dr Dawn Branley-Bell (Senior Research Fellow) by email at

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

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.

Northumbria University is an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager. 

Please note this vacancy will close on 14/08/2022