Senior Research Assistant

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Internal Vacancy

This vacancy is open to staff employed directly by Northumbria University and Northumbria University Services Limited. External applications and applications from agency staff will not be considered.

We are seeking applications from highly committed, motivated and talented researchers to join the research and teaching Unit of Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing at Northumbria University. Specifically, the Senior Research Assistant will support the Unit to implement national policies in the growing field of transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing. These policies include the Children and Young Peoples' Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT) programme and the Green Paper on Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health, among others.

The post comprises three main roles: 1) to help us build a dataset on regional workforce data to assess our training programmes and the region’s transformation journey; 2) to assist in the analysis of this dataset and 3) to build research capacity within the Unit by applying for external funding for new projects. These roles will require a unique skillset of technical research ability, effective interpersonal skills, an affinity for problem solving and teamwork and subject knowledge of the health and social care field.

This is an opportunity for an early career researcher seeking to develop their research skills in an exciting area of research in a challenging yet supportive environment. The post is for a 4 month period; however, further funding is expected to continue the post.

More information about Northumbria's Unit of Children and Young People’s Mental Health can be found here:

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 therefore the successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

If you are successful in your application for this role, you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited.  Further details can be found at

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Please note this vacancy will close on 30/11/2020

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