Aston University

Aston University

Research Associate (Qualitative) (0087-24)

United Kingdom

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Research Associate (Qualitative) Institute of Health & Neurodevelopment Location: Aston University Main Campus

Salary: £39,347 per annum Grade: Grade 08 Contract Type: Fixed Term (31/01/2026)

Basis: Full Time Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 24 April 2024 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: 0087-24 Release Date: Wednesday 03 April 2024

You will join an interdisciplinary team conducting groundbreaking research with young people, on the role of social media influencers' narratives in youth mental health. You will be based at the prestigious Institute for Health and Neurodevelopment at Aston University. You will carry out participant recruitment, qualitative data collection (interviews), qualitative data analysis (phenomenologically focused), group facilitation work (consensus development), and co-production.

You will work under the supervision of Dr Michael Larkin (Aston University), Dr Ruth Page (University of Birmingham) and Prof Paul Crawford (Nottingham University), and collaborate with a wide range of people, including other research team members, colleagues at the McPin Foundation, young people, other researchers, professionals and practitioners.

A satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance is required for this post.

About you:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate: good knowledge of, and experience with qualitative research methods; psychological research; excellent communication skills; proven competency with academic publication and dissemination; an interest in other people's experiences; an ability to apply the principles of best practice for coproduction and PPI (public and patient involvement in research), good knowledge of social media platforms; good knowledge of mental health literacy and related concepts; and a commitment to improving mental healthcare provision for young people.

About the project:

In this UKRI-funded project, we will conduct a series of studies to explore the role played by social media influencers' accounts of mental health, in contributing to the mental health literacy of young people. We will work with young people and other stakeholders to develop guidance and tools to support young people in navigating and evaluating these accounts.

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Job details


Research Associate (Qualitative) (0087-24)


Aston University


United Kingdom


April 04, 2024

Application deadline

April 24, 2024

Job type



Mathematics,Medicine,Psychology,Social Science

About the employer

Aston University is a leading public research university in the UK. Established in 1966, The university campus is located on a green 60 acre, self-contained site in the center of Birmingham. Aston University is an internationally acknowledged center for education and research endeavor. The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate, apprenticeship, foundation, and executive programs across disciplines. It also offers arrays of online courses. All the programs offered at the university are designed corresponding to the trends and demands of the industry and business globally.

The various faculties and schools of the university include Engineering & Applied Science, Aston Graduate School, Languages & Social Sciences, Aston Business School, Life & Health Sciences, and Aston Medical School. The team of faculty of Aston University comprises highly qualified professors as well as experts from respective industries. Modern tools and logical approaches like case studies are adopted in teaching methodologies. Besides theoretical sessions, the university gives emphasis on the practical training of students. Skill development programs are carried out to inculcate dexterity for leading-edge technologies among students.

Aston University boasts a world-class infrastructure at the campus offering the finest learning experience. There are hi-tech laboratories, libraries, studios, and IT centers, and seminar halls at the campus supporting an environment for advanced knowledge. Aston University is a hub for world-leading research initiatives. To undertake the highest quality of research, the university has established advanced research centers. 78% of the research has been evaluated ‘World-leading’ by Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The university has teamed up with universities and research institutes across the world for knowledge sharing and collaborative research initiatives. Further, the university maintains partnerships with the industry for sponsored research programs.

Aston is a university of global repute. Students across the world come to study at a prestigious university. The university considers all the aspects of students. It provides counseling, medical, legal (VISA and other), and other services to students. There are indoor and outdoor sports arenas, fitness centers, swimming pools, cafeterias, banks, and other facilities at the campus.

The university offers modern accommodation facilities to students. There are various student clubs at the university that organizes sports meets, music fests, dance competitions, literary fest, art exhibitions, and other events. All these events comprise cross-disciplinary participation that helps to build team spirits among students. Aston University offers various scholarships and study loans to students so that all can have access to education beyond any financial barrier. Aston University maintains a high record of placements. Students passing from the university are recruited by leading companies with high remuneration packages.

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