Research Fellow

College of Health Wellbeing&Life; Science Academic Grade 7 - £38,205 - £42,978 per annum (pro rata), dependent on experience

This post offers you an exciting opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary research team on an NIHR-funded project looking at the impact of interactive electronic technologies such as tablets and smartphones on young children's health and development.

You will be an ambitious postdoctoral researcher with mixed-methods skills and an interest in the early years. Knowledge of early years development, physical activity, and motor skills measurements would be advantageous, as would experience working with parents, nurseries, or early years sector organisations.

Assisted by other members of the research team and research fellows who will be employed throughout the project, you will co-lead planning, data collection and analysis throughout the project.

You will also have the opportunity to engage with early years stakeholders from the public health and educational sectors, support dissemination through policy briefs, peer-reviewed publications and national and international conferences, as well as receive external research training.

As Research Fellow, you will support the project throughout its lifecycle and engage in the three work packages (studies) that comprise it:

Work package 1 involves a systematic review of the correlates of interactive electronic devices in young children. Work package 2 will study the long-term relationship between using interactive electronic devices and emerging abilities in young children. Lastly, work package 3 will use observations and interviews to understand young children's interactive electronic device use in their home environment. Some travel will be required for data collection.

As this job involves working, or having regular contact, with children, if you are successful, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced check with children's barred lists through the Disclosure and Barring Service. A criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from taking up the post, but its relevance to the duties of the role will need to be assessed before the appointment is confirmed.

We offer a diverse range of benefits and opportunities to pursue a rewarding and fulfilling career in a supportive environment.

You will be contractually enrolled into the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) – one of the largest and most generous defined benefit pension schemes in the country.

For this job, we particularly welcome applications from minority ethnic applicants who are underrepresented in this area at Sheffield Hallam.

The University may be able to sponsor the employment of international applicants in this role; this will depend on a number of factors specific to the individual applicant.

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Contact Person : Professor Liane Beretta De Azevedo Contact Number : Date Advertised : 26-Mar-2024 Closing Date : 11-Apr-2024 Employment Type : Fixed Term - Full Time Location : Sheffield Hallam Collegiate Campus Job number : 105246

Job details


Research Fellow


Sheffield Hallam University


United Kingdom


March 27, 2024

Application deadline

April 11, 2024

Job type



Biology,Education,Medicine,Social Science

About the employer

Sheffield Hallam University is located in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in England. This is one of the biggest and the most diverse of the universities in England. The university is sprawled over two locations. They have a city campus that is situated in the city center near the Sheffield Railway Station and the collegiate campus is almost 2 miles away in the Broomhall Estate off Ecclesall Road in south-west Sheffield. They are the 11th biggest university in the UK, out of a total of 167 having 30,815 students, out of which 4,400 are international and 4,494 are the staff. There are 708 courses.

The former names of the university were Sheffield Polytechnic and Sheffield City Polytechnic. The university endowment is 0.52 million Pounds as of 2015. The Chancellor of the university is Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws. The Vice-chancellor is Chris Husbands. Out of the total student strength, 24,455 were undergraduates, as of 2016-2017, and 6,365 were postgraduates. The university is associated with the Association of Commonwealth universities.

There are many research centers and the faculties have been divided into four parts, namely the faculty of Science, Technology and Arts (STA), Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), Faculty of Health and wellbeing (HWB) and Sheffield Business School (SBS). They have 30 centers for research, including the Art and Design Research Centre and Biomedical Research Centre, among others. Helena Kennedy is the present Chancellor who is also a broadcaster, barrister, and the life peer of the House of Lords. SHU is the leading partner for Higher Futures, the Lifelong Learning Network (LLN) for Southern Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.

There are many notable alumni, including Kid Acne, who is a musician and artist, Roma Bubuniak, who is an artist. The notable staff includes Alison Adam, who is the professor of society, technology and science and I.M Dharmadasa, who is an applied researcher and physicist specializing in low in cost solar cells.

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