Research Officer/Fellow
Bangor University
Bangor, UK
20d ago

Reporting to : Co-Director, Centre for Mental Health and Society, PI GCRF SASHI

Organisation : Bangor University, Centre for Mental Health and Society

We are inviting applications for a researcher to join a vibrant international global mental health research team. The post will be based in either the Wrexham campus, which is close to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester or the Bangor campus.

The postholder will work on the South Asia Self Harm research capability building Initiative (GCRF-SASHI) which is a new project funded by the Global Challenge Research Fund.

SASHI is a partnership between academics working in Mysore, India and Karachi, Pakistan and academics in Bangor, Manchester and Oxford Universities.

The purpose of the GCRF-SASHI project is to help to find effective responses to deliberate self-harm and suicide in South Asia by building research infrastructure and expertise in India and Pakistan.

This will allow each country to build a body of evidence to facilitate the development of culturally relevant and effective interventions, both social and medical.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced quantitative researcher who has an established track record in leading and conducting research.

The successful applicant may have a background in epidemiology, medical statistics, psychology, or another relevant quantitative science.

The GCRF-SASHI is be part of the Centre for Mental Health and Society (CFMHAS), Bangor University research portfolio. The centre was established in 2012 and is co-

directed by Professor Catherine Robinson and Professor Rob Poole. The Centre brings together social science, clinical and biomedical researchers in a truly multidisciplinary partnership.

CFMHAS focuses on research that has direct translational application to the well-being of people with mental health problems, their families and carers, and to the mental health of the general population.

CFMHAS is part of Bangor University’s School of Healthcare Science. The School’s mission is to be an international example of best practice in partnership-

working with students, professionals, health and social care services, and policy makers in the generation (research excellence) and application (teaching excellence) of knowledge to improve healthcare, health and wellbeing (impact).

The School is the sole provider for pre-registration education for the nursing, midwifery and radiography professions in North Wales.

We host a fully accredited Clinical Trials Unit and have research expertise in health economics, primary care, evidence synthesis, implementation, service user perspectives, rehabilitation, and bilingual aspects of healthcare.

We achieved an excellent outcome in the REF, placed in the top 20 of 94 Universities entered in Unit of Assessment 3. The quality of our research outputs was rated in the top 3.

We pay attention to demonstrating the links between our research and teaching activities, and in providing our students with excellent learning experiences that equip them with the ability to succeed in their professional careers.

The successful candidate will be appointed on either grade 7 or grade 8 dependent upon their experience and qualifications.

Successful applicants will be expected to lead in the development and delivery of research proposals, provide support to the team in the analysis of quantitative data, contribute towards reports, publications and presentations, and assist in administration as needed.

Candidates should be educated to PhD level (or equivalent).

To be appointed at grade 8 candidates will need to have considerable experience of successfully developing proposals, delivering research projects and a proven track record of peer reviewed publications.

Grade 8 candidates will have an established research reputation, including involvement in professional peer review activities for example grant awarding committees, will have the expertise to provide expert advice to external bodies and will have the skills and experience to supervise a research project team.

To be appointed at grade 7 candidates will need to have some experience of contributing to the development of research proposal and to have shown the potential to establish a track record of peer reviewed publications.

Good verbal and written skills, computer skills, the ability to work to deadlines and to work as part of a team are essential.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence 1st October 2018 or soon thereafter and the post has a fixed end-date of 30 / 04 / 2021 in the first instance.

Closing date for applications : 29 / 07 / 2018. Interviews will be held in Wrexham on 23 / 08 / 2018.

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865.

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting : Prof Catherine Robinson, Professor of Social Policy Research, SASHI Principal Investigator, e-

mail : or on 01248 382221.

Committed To Equal Opportunities

Purpose of the Job

  • Contribute to planning, developing, piloting, implementing and evaluating the GCRF-SASHI household survey workstream
  • Contribute to planning, developing, piloting, implementing and evaluating the GCRF-SASHI Self Harm Register workstream.
  • Develop and carry out high quality individual and / or collaborative research with national and international colleagues in GCRF-SASHI.
  • Contribute to and lead research that adds to the knowledge and understanding of self-harm and suicide prevention in low and middle income countries.
  • Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Based either in Bangor or Wrexham campus of Bangor University with a requirement for occasional travel in the UK and Internationally
  • Develop and carry out high quality individual and / or collaborative research (including with colleagues in other institutions nationally and internationally).
  • Identify, and contribute to securing, future funding sources.
  • Support and engage in research methods that add to the knowledge / understanding of the subject area.
  • Regularly disseminate findings by taking the lead in preparing high quality publication materials for referred journals, presenting results at conferences (including national and international), or exhibiting work at other appropriate events.
  • Contribute to the development of a flexible and trained research workforce to carry out fieldwork safely, efficiently and rigorously in challenging environments
  • Ensure all research is undertaken according to good research governance frameworks
  • To contribute to knowledge exchange events and processes
  • This list of duties is not meant to be exhaustive, but merely an indication of the main areas of activity of the post. It may be amended or added to, at the discretion of the Principle Investigator, with other duties commensurate with the function and grade following consultation with the post-holder.

    Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities.
  • The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.
  • The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him / her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his / her actions or inactions.
  • The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.

  • The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts.
  • Essential

    The successful candidate will :

  • Be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject area such as epidemiology, social geography, social sciences, psychology
  • PhD or equivalent international qualification or commensurate level of recognition / international profile in a relevant discipline.
  • Have a track record in collaborating and conducting research, demonstrated by success in attracting external grant funding with evidence of high quality peer-reviewed publications.
  • Have a track record in leading, collaborating and conducting research, leading to high quality peer-reviewed publications. (Grade 8 only)
  • Experience of providing expert advice to clients / outside bodies and in preparing and negotiating contracts and attracting research funding (Grade 8 only)
  • Have an established Research reputation, including involvement in Professional Peer Review activities (Grade 8 only)
  • Have an interest, expertise and experience in applied quantitative research methods and can use appropriate programmes such as SPSS and AMOS
  • Demonstrate knowledge and interest in health, social care or mental health research
  • Understanding of the bilingual and multicultural nature of the working environments in all settings
  • Demonstrate good verbal and written skills
  • Demonstrate good computer skills, for example MS Office.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritise work load and work to deadlines
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and collegiately as a part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to travel to remote locations and undertake regular travel to meeting and other events as required by the post.
  • Be available to travel nationally and internationally
  • Desirable

  • Experience of using systematic literature review methodologies.
  • Knowledge and interest in mental health in a global context
  • Experience of organising and supervising project teams (Grade 8 only)
  • General

    All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.

    All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references.

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