University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Assistant in Respiratory Intervention Trial

Research Assistant in Respiratory Intervention Trial Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine

School of Medicine

Are you an early career researcher looking for your first challenge? Do you have a background in healthcare research? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research intensive Universities?

This role is to help to deliver a national NIHR-funded cluster randomised controlled trial of using volunteer PR-buddies to improve uptake and completion of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). Working in a multidisciplinary team the role will involve: liaising with and visiting pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) services; and all stages of data collection, data entry and qualitative interviews and analysis. See more details on the trial website: Improving completion of Pulmonary Rehabilitation with PR-buddies (

This role will be based at the University of Leeds and requires willingness and availability to travel across the north of England and Midlands to undertake site visits and data collection, with capacity for occasional meetings in London. There will be some flexibility to plan your working schedule with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. Travel to sites could require some longer working days which can be balanced by working some shorter days. We encourage people living outside Leeds in the north of England to apply if they meet the criteria for the role.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

As a research assistant working on the IMPROVE trial your main duties will include:

  • Working both independently and as part of a larger multidisciplinary team of researchers and stakeholders based in Leeds and London
  • Supporting research activities, including visiting trial sites to support and monitor the delivery of the intervention
  • Data collection, data entry and data management and contributing to research results and outputs
  • Assisting with conducting qualitative data collection including individual interviews, focus groups and qualitative data analysis
  • Contributing to scientific papers for publication resulting from the trial and reports to the funder
  • Contributing to the research culture of the School, where appropriate
  • These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

    To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please


    Dr Gill Gilworth, Senior Research Fellow

    Email: [email protected]

    Location: Leeds - Leeds General Infirmary

    Faculty/Service: Faculty of Medicine & Health School/Institute: Leeds Institute of Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM) Section: Rehabilitation Medicine Category: Research Grade: Grade 6 Salary: £30,487 to £36,024 per annum Post Type: Full Time/Part Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (1 June 2024 to 30 September 2024 due to you are required to complete a specific task or time limited work, including the need for specific expertise or additional resource for a project.) Release Date: Monday 13 May 2024 Closing Date: Tuesday 21 May 2024 Interview Date: Thursday 30 May 2024 Reference: MHLRM1252

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    Research Assistant in Respiratory Intervention Trial


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    May 14, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 21, 2024

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    About the employer

    The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

    The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

    Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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