Research Associate

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Research Associate: Young People’s Sexual Health
School of Healthcare Sciences

We are recruiting to an exciting post-doctoral Research Associate post to conduct a study funded by the Burdett Trust on ‘Using Nurse-Led Digital Technologies to Increase the Uptake of Sexual Health Services Among 16-18 Year Olds’.  This study will be conducted across Wales and England and involve the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Chat Sexual Health technical team, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Integrated Sexual Health Service, schools and sixth-form colleges in England and Wales, and Cardiff University.

We are seeking someone with the relevant background, skills and established expertise in: rapid reviews, focus group interviews with young people, virtual interviewing, thematic data analysis, report writing and research ethics  applications. The postholder will work as part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team and will have the opportunity to work from home but will be expected to attend in-person meetings in the School of Healthcare Sciences in Cardiff as required.  You will need to be able to travel to schools/colleges in Wales and England for data collection purposes.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Clare Bennett –

Please note that interviews for this post will be held on Friday, 17 December 2021.

This position is part-time, 31.5 hours per week (0.9FTE) and fixed term for twelve months from the date of appointment. 

Secondment applications are welcome - please note for Cardiff University members of staff interested in this post on a secondment basis, permission will need to be sought from your current Line Manager before applying.

Salary:  £34,304 - £40,927 per annum, pro-rata (Grade 6).
Please note that it is not expected that we will appoint above grade 6.30, currently £34,304 per annum, pro-rata. 

Date advert posted: Thursday, 25 November 2021

Closing Date: Thursday, 9 December 2021

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:”

Job Description


To conduct research within the field of young people’s sexual health promotion and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of high-quality research. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.



  • To conduct research within field of young people’s sexual health promotion and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students. 
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding 
  • To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including problem solving and the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
  • To arrange and conduct qualitative data collection and analysis
  • To participate in wider School research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects

  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to this project and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside work.

General Duties 
  • Ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties.
  • Abide by University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity.
  • Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or equivalent

  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
  • Qualitative research
  • Research involving young people
  • Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field of sexual health provision, with knowledge of digital health being beneficial
  • Proven ability to publish in high impact peer-reviewed national/international journals and/or other research outputs
  •  Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop future applications to funding bodies

  • Communication and Team Working
  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
  • Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals

  • Other
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within defined timelines
  • Proven ability to work effectively without close supervision
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
  • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.

  • Additional Information

    IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria
    In the School of Healthcare Sciences, we use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

    Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 13162 BR.

    Where a candidate does not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria, through a supporting statement, then their application will not be progressed. We welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

    Job Category

    Academic - Research

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