University of York

University of York

Research Associate

United Kingdom

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Research Associate


Health Sciences


£36,024 to £44,263 per year (reduced pro-rata)


Grade 6

Contract status

Fixed term

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University of York campus

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To be confirmed

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  • Role Description Department of Health Sciences

    The Mental Health and Addiction Research Group wishes to appoint a mixed- methods Research Associate to work on a new National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Programme Development Grant. This work is an extension of the ongoing DIAMONDS (Diabetes and mental illness – improving outcomes and services) programme. Following translation of recruitment and intervention materials, we have been able to offer participation in the trial to individuals from South Asian communities who do not speak English and/or prefer communicating in Urdu.

    We therefore require a mixed-methods Research Associate to join the new project “DIAMONDS URDU ( U nderstanding R each and D elivery in U rdu)”

    The post presents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and highly motivated person to develop their own career in an excellent research environment. To fulfil this role, fluent written and spoken Urdu and English language skills are essential. Knowledge of other South Asian languages or dialects such as Punjabi, Mirpuri, and/or Bangladeshi is desirable. In addition, excellent communication and problem-solving skills, an outstanding commitment to high quality work and attention to detail are essential. Experience of working with South Asian community groups is advantageous.

    Ideally, you will be able to work on-site at the University of York (Heslington West campus) at least one day per week. However, in certain circumstances a fully remote working arrangement may be considered. Travel to study sites across the North of England to conduct data collection may be required.

    The University of York offers flexible working patterns and several family friendly initiatives. As a department we are proud to foster a supportive culture that helps staff and students contribute fully, flourish and excel, to reach their full potential. We embrace equality, diversity and inclusion as well as the values of the Athena SWAN Charter in all our Departmental activities


    You will be responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative research. This will involve supporting the recruitment of Urdu-speaking participants in the DIAMONDS RCT, the conduct of qualitative interviews (in Urdu and/or English) and focus groups (in English), the analysis of qualitative data (Urdu and English), and the assessment of intervention fidelity (in Urdu and English). In addition, you will be summarising and analysing qualitative and quantitative data from session logs (in English). You will make critical contributions to project outputs in Urdu and English.

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • First degree in a health or social research related field (e.g. psychology, health sciences or similar)
  • PhD (in Psychology, Health Sciences, Public Health or social science related field) or equivalent experience
  • Fluent in Urdu (written and spoken) and ability to translate accurately between English and Urdu
  • Knowledge of a range of mixed-methods research techniques and methodologies
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills, and an outstanding commitment to high quality work and attention to detail
  • Working knowledge of other South Asian languages and dialects, e.g. Punjabi, Mirpuri, and/or Bangladeshi is desirable.
  • Interview date: to be confirmed

    For informal enquiries: please contact Jen Brown on [email protected]

    Condition of employment

    This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form.

    Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    Job details


    Research Associate


    University of York


    United Kingdom


    May 15, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2024

    Job type



    Medicine,Psychology,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as its chancellor. Originally the university only had 28 staff members and six departments; economics, English, education, history, politics, and mathematics. At present, the university includes nine colleges and more than 30 research centers and academic departments. The university is now accredited by the Privy Council.

    Located in Heslington, the University of York has been improving and expanding its campus ever since its establishment. The campus has plenty of landmarks, sculptures, and college buildings. The King's Manor is a historic structure that currently houses the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Department of Archaeology. Located in the center of the campus, Central Hall is a tiered auditorium used for hosting concerts, competitions, conferences, graduations, fashion shows, and other events. The university's archives and library network includes many libraries on the campus and in the nearby area. The JB Morrell library is the campus' main library. Heslington Hall is another significant landmark of the campus.

    The University of York offers a plethora of undergraduate, research, and postgraduate programs in various fields like archaeology, sciences, computer science, law, management, medicine, mathematics, languages, arts, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The university has 18,930 students. The university has collaborations with reputed research-oriented institutions across the world. It is a part of an alliance of 24 well-established research-intensive universities. Also, the university has great student exchange programs and research links with numerous other universities around the globe. It offers excellent professional training to its students and provides them outstanding employment opportunities in prestigious firms.

    The university has produced several notable and successful alumni. Greg Dyke is a renowned British journalist, media executive, broadcaster, and football administrator. Aníbal Cavaco Silva is Portugal's former president. Mahmoud Mohieldin is the vice-president of the World Bank Group. Jung Chang is a British writer, famous for her award-winning book 'Wild Swans'. Anthony Horowitz is an English screenwriter and novelist, popular for his works such as 'The Diamond Brothers' series, 'The Power of Five' series, and the 'Alex Rider' series. Han Seung-soo is South Korea's former prime minister. Peter Hitchens is an author and journalist who writes for The Mail. His popular works include 'The Abolition of Britain', 'The War We Never Fought', and 'The Rage Against God'. Many other distinguished people are a part of the university's alumni network.

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