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Research Fellow in Social Work / Social Policy

Faculty of Professional & Social Sciences

Location:  Hendon
Starting Salary:  £38,206 to £43,887 per annum
Grade:  Grade 7
Contract Type:  Fixed Term - 24 months
Hours per Week:  35.5
Date Posted:  Thursday 13 February 2020
Closing Date:  Monday 02 March 2020
Interview Date:  Monday 16 March 2020
Reference:  HED386
Job Details:    Job Description    

The Department of Mental Health, Social Work & Integrative Medicine is one of the leading drivers of university-based social and health care research in the UK. The department is home to a broad range of researchers whose interests are primarily in applied areas of practice and policy. Reflecting this we have active research interests in relation to the care and treatment of adults, children and adolescents with mental health problems; people who misuse drugs and alcohol; ageing populations and social care practice around issues such as safeguarding and adoption.

The post holder will report to Dr. Tim Weaver. The post-holder will support, coordinate and be part of delivering research bids and grant applications across social work which will include a focus on adult and child and family focused research. In addition, the researcher will also be part of developing and supporting projects where the focus is on partnership projects and pedagogy. The applicant should have skills and knowledge in designing and delivering quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research. Experience in survey methodology and the analysis of large routine datasets would be an asset. The applicant should be comfortable undertaking multi-variate statistical analysis of data. The Research Fellow will also work alongside social work academics undertaking internally funded projects designed to inform practice, teaching and the development of new research themes.

The Department is committed to developing its research culture. It contains 3 major research centres – the Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (DARC), the Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health (RCTSH), the Centre for Co-production in Mental Health. Aside from these concentrated specialisms in research focus, the department is also home to a broad range of researchers whose interests are primarily in applied areas of practice and policy.  

Our research is characterised by inter-professional working with many colleagues working collaboratively on common areas of practice, research methodology or policy concern. There are also strong links and synergies between the research conducted by our staff and their everyday teaching interests and practices. The department also has a strong focus on service user involvement and co-production both in relation to healthcare, research and education. This underpins our working practice and feeds significantly into our pedagogic research. It would be expected that the post holder would contribute to the production of academic publications, presentations and writing reports.

Please note CVs will only be accepted in addition to a fully completed application form.

If you wish to discuss the post further, please contact Dr. Tim Weaver -

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and requires a Disclosure and Barring Service certificate. You are therefore required to disclose details of any criminal record. ALL criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings, even if they would otherwise be regarded as spent under this Act must be disclosed, as well as any other information that may have a bearing on your suitability for the post, including pending prosecutions.

The University will apply for a DBS certificate before your appointment is confirmed.

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