Senior Research Associate in Primary Care Mental Health 

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
19 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Research Associate in Primary Care Mental Health 

Job number     ACAD103048 
Division/School   Bristol Medical School 
Contract type   Open ended contract staff 
Working pattern     Full time 
Salary   £36,613 - £41,212 per annum 
Closing date for applications    14-Jan-2018 

The Bristol Medical School: Population Health Sciences is seeking to appoint an experienced Senior Research Associate in quantitative research who wishes to develop a career in primary care mental health. This post provides an exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to publish papers, undertake secondary data analyses and write grant applications to secure future funding (e.g. NIHR RfPB, NIHR postdoctoral fellowship).

The successful applicant will have an interest and expertise in applied quantitative research methods. They may have a background in epidemiology, medical statistics, psychology, or another relevant quantitative science. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate outstanding academic ability, coupled with the potential for future research leadership.
We want to recruit someone who is interested in the application of quantitative skills to address practical research questions in relation to primary care mental health. This research may include randomised and non-randomised designs, epidemiological studies, and the development of new research measures.

A key priority for this post will be to build on the successful partnership between the University of Bristol and the NHS, via Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative, and, for the successful candidate to begin to develop an externally funded research programme, at least some of which is conducted with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The successful applicant will join the Centre for Academic Mental Health (CAMH) ( The Centre brings together researchers working on mental health within Population Health Sciences ( We have an internationally recognised research programme funded by the MRC, NIHR, Wellcome Trust and other medical research charities. We are multidisciplinary and the researchers in the Centre include psychiatrists, epidemiologists, GPs, public health physicians, statisticians, psychologists and social scientists. Although the main focus of this post is research, you will also make a limited contribution to the School’s teaching programme.

Funding is available for 24 months and has been secured from APCRC. A key priority for this post is to gain further research funding in partnership with local CCGs. There is the possibility of additional 12 months funding, subject to receipt of additional RCF funding by APCRC.

After the period of funding, it is anticipated that the post holder will be in an excellent position to gain a research fellowship from NIHR or another funder (as we have an outstanding track record in supporting individuals to gain these awards), or to have attracted funding for their post through externally funded grant(s).

For further information, please contact Dr Nicola Wiles ( or Dr David Kessler ( 

Name, tel no and email details for informal contact/s: Nicola Wiles (
David Kessler (

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive  culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities. 

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