Research Fellow

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

This post-holder will be based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University to work on a new and exciting methodological research project funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HS&DR).  This research seeks to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the theoretical, methodological and practical similarities and differences between realist and economic evaluations?
  2. What lessons can we learn from using realist economic evaluation methods in practice to improve it?
  3. How can we use empirical and expert knowledge to produce consensus realist economic evaluation methods guidance?

The post holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary, cross institutional, international team, developing realist economic evaluation methods (REEM). This will include developing guidance to better understand and evaluate the benefits and costs of complex interventions. It will bring together realist and economic evaluation to enable evaluators to establish what works, for who, in which circumstances, why, and with what related resource impacts and opportunity costs. This is a three year fixed term research project will be conducted in three phases, moving from epistemological and ontological considerations, through to applied evaluation across a spectrum of health and social care interventions. Practically, this will be involve conducting: literature reviews; synthesis of diverse evidence; pilot evaluations including both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; guidance development and testing; Delphi studies and consensus development conference. 

We are therefore looking for an enthusiastic, independent, organised Research Fellow, with a passion for methodological development and experience of working as part of international team. The post holder is not required to have extensive experience of both realist and economic evaluation, but at least one is desirable.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dr Sonia Dalkin ( or Dr Angela Bate ( 

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 up to a maximum of 4.  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.

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.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about the Relocation Assistance Scheme.

Northumbria University is an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager. 

Please note this vacancy will close on 11/09/2022

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