Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Research Associate (Medtech)

Research Associate (Medtech)

Health Research Location: Bailrigg, Lancaster UK Salary: £31,396 to £36,024 (Full time, indefinite with end date contract) Closing Date: Monday 20 May 2024 Interview Date: Tuesday 28 May 2024 Reference: 0522-24

The Division of Health Research (DHR) within Lancaster University's Faculty of Health and Medicine is seeking to fill a Research Associate position.

In this role, you will join a new 2-year research project funded by NHS England via Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board, in which Lancaster University is the evaluation partner. The project involves the evaluation in relation to the efficacy and safety of using technology-enabled smart medication devices to manage medication adherence. The project will focus on the use of such devices as part of a domiciliary care package to determine whether this provides an effective and time and cost saving solution to the social care recipient, the care provider and local authorities, and improves medication adherence and independence. The evaluation will explore benefits, facilitators, barriers and cost impacts of employing such devices, with an emphasis on what works for whom and what contextual factors or mechanisms may make it work. You will play a key role in conducting the research and disseminating its findings. You will work with an interdisciplinary team.

You will be the lead researcher supporting the evaluation of the project. This includes managing the data collection from participants including from both care recipients and care provider organisations and conducting the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. The project will involve conducting in person, telephone and online surveys and interviews at multiple data collection time points as part of a repeated measures research design. You will be required to use expertise in implementation research methods to drive this. You will help maintain relationships with NHS and Local Government colleagues, and assist in recruiting participating organisations, where necessary. You will liaise with key stakeholders and teams, and ensure key milestones are met. You will also be responsible for writing up the research findings for publications and other dissemination avenues and supporting other project-related tasks as needed (e.g. writing reports, communicating with wider national evaluation leads). You will be required to work as part of a team and be able to work independently and flexibly.

You will have a PhD in Health Research, Public Health or a relevant applied social sciences discipline, or a Masters level degree plus equivalent research experience. You will have experience of quantitative and qualitative research methods and analyses. Knowledge and experience of ethics applications, and collecting, managing and analysing mixed methods data are essential, as is experience of liaising with and collecting data with people who may be experiencing some poor health, or sensory or cognitive impairment. Knowledge and experience of undertaking interviews and strong computer literacy skills are also essential (i.e. Microsoft packages Word, Excel, Teams). It would also be advantageous to have knowledge and/or experience within the project's relevant topic areas such as ageing, telehealth, implementation evaluation.

This is a commissioned evaluation partnership with the Lancashire and South Cumbia Integrated Care Board and Lancashire County Council, funded by the Adult Social Care Technology Fund (Digital Transformation Fund) – Care Technology Fund, NHS-England. The post will be based in the Division of Health Research at Lancaster University and may involve travel within the region.

Our team and the Division of Health Research provides a friendly environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee and actively promotes a healthy work-life balance. The Faculty is committed to family- friendly and flexible working policies and has held a Silver Athena SWAN award since 2014 in recognition of its good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

The position is available from May 2024. We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements, within a full-time contract. This role could be undertaken as a hybrid-working position with a minimum of three days a week working at the Health Innovation campus.

You will join Lancaster University on an indefinite contract; however, the role remains contingent on external funding, which is due to come to an end 24 months from commencement of contract.

For further information on the role and to discuss any aspects of the position, please contact: Professor Carol Holland, [email protected]

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    Research Associate (Medtech)


    Lancaster University


    United Kingdom


    May 10, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 20, 2024

    Job type



    Mathematics,Medicine,Social Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1964 by the Royal Charter, Lancaster University is amongst the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. It is among the only 6 collegiate universities in the country and has collaborations with NHS, GCHQ, LEP, CEH, EA, Sunway University, and UFLA, Brazil. Initially, the university was based at St. Leonard's Gate. The campus was moved to Bailrigg in South Lancaster in 1968. The university formerly had four colleges namely Cartmel, County, Lonsdale, and Bowland. Grizedale, Fylde, Furness, Pendle, and Graduate colleges were set up after 1990. Currently, it has 9 colleges that offer a total of 18 research programs.

    The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city center. The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery, and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Each of the 9 colleges has its private residence blocks, administration staff, halls, bars, and Wi-Fi enabled common areas. There are two banks, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, general stores and supermarkets, a beauty salon, and a post office on the university campus. Lancaster also has Chaplaincy Centre which houses prayer rooms with facilities for different faiths such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, and Baha'i. Lancaster University provides university bus services making it convenient for the students and employees to commute. Further, the M6 motorway is only a five minutes' drive from the campus. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the West Coast Main Line that connects the city to London, Scotland, and Manchester.

    The academic structure of the university consists of undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate courses, research, and doctoral level programs. The acclaimed staff of the university guides the students into international level research centered on humanities, business subjects, natural sciences, modern languages, social sciences, and technology. Presently, the university has over 13,000 full-time students enrolled for first and higher degrees. There are 3,027 employees on the university campus including 1,323 faculty members.

    Lancaster University has over 148,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. The university has a notable list of alumni who have gained recognition in their respective disciplines. Emily Fleeshman is a Hollywood actress, famous for her role of Nikki in popular TV show Still Open All Hours. Also, she is the founder of an acting school named ‘The Actors' Lab’ based in Salford. Satnam Rana is a news presenter on BBC. Some other noble laureates of the university are Roger Ashton-Griffiths (actor), Andrew Brooke Miller (Novelist), Catherine Jane Smith (a member of British Labour Party), Lucy Jane Briers (actor), Andy Serkis (actor and director), Bruce Sewell (former counsel of Apple).

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