Job offer available in Scotland Research Assistant at University of Stirling

Fixed term contract: 1 year

The Post

We are seeking to appoint one or more experienced and motivated qualitative researchers to help conduct externally funded studies, including those focusing on interventions in tobacco and alcohol policy in the UK and health behavioural interventions. You will be educated to degree level or above in a relevant discipline and have experience in conducting applied health research, in particular involving qualitative methods. Working as part of multi-disciplinary and multi-institution research teams, you will collect and analyse data, draft reports and articles and contribute to the dissemination of findings. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the other activities within the Institute for Social Marketing and Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport and there may be potential to become involved in developing future research proposals.

Description of Duties

The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for collecting and analysing qualitative data for externally funded research projects led by staff in the Institute for Social Marketing, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport in the area of alcohol or tobacco research and/or in exploratory work in developing novel health interventions.  For example, the post holder may be responsible for organising and conducting one to one semi-structured interviews with ambulance service staff, general practitioners, and/or members of public such as fathers who smoke, individuals with alcohol problems, and football fans. The responsibilities may also include public involvement, for example, developing and engaging with groups of fathers living in disadvantaged areas of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The successful candidate(s) will be expected to work with the Principal Investigator(s) to analyse, synthesise and write up findings from this qualitative research in the form of reports for funders and articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals, and work with colleagues from external institutions. Involvement in research team meetings, weekly ISM team meetings, seminars and conferences will also form part of the role, and there may be potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals for future research.

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