Job offer available in Scotland Research Associate at University of Glasgow

Job Purpose
To make a leading contribution to a global health research project on estimating the prevalence, quality of life, economic and societal impact of arthritis in Tanzania: a mixed methods study at University of Glasgow.

A 2010 Global Burden of Disease study reported that musculoskeletal (MSK) diseases account for 20% of all years lived with disability (YLDs) in low/middle income countries. Significantly contributing to this MSK burden is arthritis. YLDs attributable to osteoarthritis alone rose 75% from 1990 to 2013. In Tanzania (TZ), lack of data exists on the epidemiology, economic impact & quality of life of arthritis. The goals of this project are to understand the distribution & impact of arthritis in Tanzania, to investigate infectious and non-infectious causes of arthritis & to inform prevention and intervention plans. To achieve this the project activities include: conducting a population census to establish arthritis prevalence; describing the lived reality of arthritis; identifying/testing best methods to measure quality of life & health seeking behaviour and resource use of people with arthritis; training early/mid-career Tanzania researchers & clinicians in conducting research; developing sustainable capacity for tackling a wider range of non-communicable & infectious disease problems.

The holder of this post will play a leading role in the delivery of this project. Specifically they will coordinate, conduct, manage and publish research relating to the project, primarily in the area of field epidemiology, but also providing assistance in managing interdisciplinary aspects of this complex and challenging project.

The research project is based in northern Tanzania, and the successful candidate will be expected to spend a substantial period of time in the field. The post holder will be part of the research team within the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at Glasgow with close working links with colleagues at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, Institute of Infection and Immunity, other partners in UK, Tanzania and international institutions, as well as the wider collaborative networks at the University of Glasgow.

Standard Terms & Conditions
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £34,520 – £38,833 per annum.

This post has funding up to 31 March 2021.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

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