RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (FULL-TIME) / RESEARCH FELLOW (PART–TIME) CENTRE FOR PHARMACY POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION (CPPE) VACANCY REF: BMH-018103


THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER PARTICULARS OF APPOINTMENT FACULTY OF BIOLOGY, MEDICINE & HEALTH SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES DIVISION OF PHARMACY & OPTOMETRY

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Starting salary £32,816 – £40,322 per annum for Research Associate or
£41,526 – £48,114 for Research Fellow (pro-rata if working part-time)

The University of Manchester invites applications to join a new research team. Depending on experience applications are invited for either research associate or research fellow posts. The posts will be available immediately and will be tenable until 31 March 2024 in the first instance. Funding is available to undertake these posts on a full-time or part-time basis.

The successful applicants will join the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, and will work on a range of projects to meet short and medium term research objectives exploring postgraduate pharmacy education to support post-qualification pharmacy workforce education and training reform, essentially ensuring that education provision and commissioning is

  • 1) evidence based use of public funding,
  • 2) demonstrably linked to identified workforce need now and in the future,
  • 3) reflective of the needs of learners, and
  • 4) demonstrates economic impact (where appropriate).

Development work and evaluation/ research findings will be widely (nationally and internationally) disseminated, including in academic peer-reviewed publications, ensuring a contribution to the slowly growing evidence base on pharmacy workforce and education and training underpinning this.

The post-holders will also be expected to work on other CPPE research projects. This post will involve delivery of projects in a timely and rigorous fashion and to a strict timetable and budget. This will involve liaison with the project team and wider external collaborators.

The focus for the role is on educational research and we are keen to engage those with an applied social science background, educational researchers and broader health and social care sciences. You will have a research masters qualification and a doctorate qualification is desirable. You will have previous experience in qualitative and quantitative (mixed methods) research, including the use of appropriate software packages for data analysis (e.g. NVivo, SPSS). Those applying for the research fellow role will have evidence of publishing papers in high quality peer reviewed journals.

Informal enquiries may be made to either Dr Matthew Shaw by email in the first instance: matthew@cppe.ac.uk or to Professor Ellen Schafheutle by email: ellen.schafheutle@manchester.ac.uk
Application forms and further particulars are available from our website

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/vacancies

If you are unable to go online you can request a hard copy of the details from the Directorate of Human Resources, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Tel: +44(0)161 275 8835 or email: bmh-hr@manchester.ac.uk


Closing date 2 weeks
The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
PARTICULARS OF APPOINTMENT
FACULTY OF BIOLOGY, MEDICINE AND HEALTH
SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
DIVISION OF PHARMACY & OPTOMETRY
Research Fellow – 0.4 to 1.0 FTE (one role)
Research Associate – 0.6 to 1.0 FTE (up to two roles)
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/ RESEARCH FELLOW
Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education

  1. The University invites applications for the above post which is tenable until 31 March 2024 in the first instance.
  2. The starting salary will be in the range £32,816 – £40,322 per annum for Research Associate or £41,526 – £48,114 for Research Fellow (pro-rata if the post is undertaken on a part-time basis).
  3. Informal inquiries may be made to Dr Matthew Shaw email: matthew@cppe.ac.uk or Professor Ellen Schafheutle Email: ellen.schafheutle@manchester.ac.uk
  4. Applications should be made online. If you are unable to apply online please request an application form by emailing hrservices@manchester.ac.uk quoting the reference number or by calling 0161 275 4499 (HR team recruitment line number)
  5. The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
PARTICULARS OF APPOINTMENT
FACULTY OF BIOLOGY, MEDICINE AND HEALTH
SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
DIVISION OF PHARMACY & OPTOMETRY
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/ RESEARCH FELLOW
Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education
The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK with around 38,000 students and more than 11,000 staff. We aim to become one of the top 25 research universities in the world by 2020 and are committed to delivering an outstanding teaching and learning experience; contributing to the social and economic success of local, national and international communities; producing the highest calibre graduates; and developing our staff to be amongst the very best of their peers.
To achieve our ambitious goals we aim to attract and retain the very best people to work across a range of academic disciplines and support functions.


The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (FBMH)
The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health was created on 1 August 2016 when the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences were brought together in a new, integrated structure to deliver a truly translational approach to the life sciences, ensuring smooth research pathways – from pure discovery science through to clinical application and patient care.

With a total annual income of over £300 million, and over 3,000 members of staff, the new Faculty is comparable in size to a medium-sized UK university. Thirty undergraduate and 90 postgraduate programmes will offer our 11,000 students opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge they need for a successful career.

The Faculty’s matrix structure facilitates interdisciplinary working and enables us to learn from each other and share best practice; and our eight, strategic Research Domains help to articulate our research strengths, drive large-scale, collaborative research activities and strengthen relationships with our research and healthcare partners.

The integration of discovery biology, clinical application and patient care within a single Faculty, particularly in a region with notable health inequality, provides us with a real opportunity to have a very significant and positive impact on people’s lives.


Our strategic partnerships
The new Faculty inherits a number of key strategic partnerships that underpin its ambitions to develop ground-breaking research.

Working alongside six local NHS Trusts, the Faculty is a key member of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) – a federation of equal partners that unites leading healthcare providers with world-class academics and researchers. It aims to be a global centre for the delivery of applied health research and education and provide leadership for our local and regional health systems.
It also plays a leading role in Health Innovation Manchester (HInM), which was launched in September 2015, as part of the UK Government’s decision to devolve health and social care responsibilities to Greater Manchester. HInM offers a unique opportunity to bring together health and social care, academic and life science related business resources across the region to deliver an innovative health ecosystem that can help accelerate innovation into our local health and social care systems enhance our global scientific standing and act as a magnet for inward investment.

Key partnerships in the charitable sector include Cancer Research UK; Diabetes UK; and the Wellcome Trust; and the Faculty also has research and funding links to a number of commercial organisations who will help us to bring new drugs and products to the market.


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Our diverse job opportunities include an attractive benefits package with family-friendly policies that provide for flexible working. We care deeply about career and personal development, offering a structured induction programme for new staff, an annual performance and development review, staff training for all career stages and mentoring opportunities to support your career development.
We have a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity for our staff and students, and are proud to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve.
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Job Description
Post: Research Associate/ Research Fellow
Grade: 6 / 7
FTE: Up to 1.0 FTE
Period: Fixed term until 31 March 2023
Reports to: Dr Matthew Shaw
Supported by: Professor Ellen Schafheutle

Overall job purpose
The main purpose of this job will be to work as a researcher on a range of projects to meet short and medium term research objectives. These will include explorations of drivers for learning, training requirements for new roles and the impact of education supervision. The post-holders will also be expected to work on other CPPE projects and in line with requirements and priorities of Health Education England. As this is a new research team with a need to rapidly demonstrate value and effectiveness, it is imperative that the post-holder has relevant knowledge and experience to allow him/her to make a significant contribution immediately. This will involve liaison with the project team and wider external collaborators.
Duties will include undertaking literature reviews, securing relevant project approvals, co-ordination of project activity, liaison with external stakeholders/collaborators, participant recruitment, development, testing and deployment of quantitative survey instruments and topic guides for qualitative study, data entry and analysis, interpretation, and contributing to written reports, publications and research funding applications. This post will involve delivery of projects in a timely and rigorous fashion and to a strict timetable and budget.

Key Responsibilities, Accountabilities or Duties:
For appointment as a Research Associate
• Understand the subject background for relevant projects and particularly the recent developments in the pharmacy workforce
• Contribute to, submit and update where appropriate, research ethics and other project applications including study protocols and other supporting documents.
• Contribute to recruitment of and ongoing liaison between external stakeholder sites and staff in order to facilitate timely study completion of projects within specified deadlines.
• Contribute to the development of relevant data collection materials, such as topic guides and survey instruments.
• Liaise with external collaborators and research sites regarding recruitment and data collection.
• Undertake both quantitative and qualitative data analysis using the appropriate software packages.
• Contribute to report writing, conference submissions and publications, and assistance with development of research funding application(s).
For Appointment as a Research Fellow
• Understand the subject background for relevant projects and particularly the recent developments in the pharmacy workforce
• Develop, submit and update where appropriate, research ethics and other project applications including study protocols and other supporting documents
• Lead on recruitment of and ongoing liaison between external stakeholder sites and staff in order to facilitate timely study completion of projects within specified deadlines.
• Lead on the development of relevant data collection materials, such as topic guides and survey instruments
• Liaise with external collaborators and research sites regarding recruitment and data collection.
• Undertake both quantitative and qualitative data analysis using the appropriate software packages.
• Report writing, conference submissions and publications, and development of research funding application(s).

General
• To establish close working relationships with other project team members as well as external collaborators and stakeholders linked to the project.
• To plan and deliver high quality research.
• Provide clear and timely written work, producing reports and publishing in high quality publications, and communicate verbally as required with other members of the University and with collaborating partners. This may include presentations at national or international level and outreach activities.
• To attend meetings and conferences as agreed by the project leaders and appropriate to the post and to represent the group when necessary.
• To take responsibility for time planning of data management and analysis within agreed overall project timelines and milestones, in consultation with principal and co-investigators, to ensure work is completed on time and within budget.
• To assist with supervision of PhD students and junior researchers, where relevant.
• To act at all times in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures relating to Health and Safety, Ethics, Equal Opportunities, and all other policies and procedures that apply to the post.
• Maintain expertise in scientific developments relevant to the objectives of the research group, Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, and the Faculty, as appropriate. Provide relevant expert advice within the Centre and to project partners.
• To undertake appropriate training and development activities.
• Any other duties appropriate to the post and grade that may be reasonably requested.

Person Specification
Education and Professional Qualifications
Essential

• Good undergraduate degree
• Research Masters qualification
Desirable
• Doctorate qualification

Skills and knowledge
Essential

• Both qualitative and quantitative (mixed methods) research skills, with good knowledge of computer software packages for qualitative and quantitative analysis
• Strong time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to deliver timely and high quality outputs
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to develop effective working relationships with all levels of staff, students and external contacts
• Ability to work effectively independently and in a multi-disciplinary team
• Ability to plan, organise and undertake work without detailed guidance and day-to day supervision
• Demonstrable ability to work under pressure and maintain a high degree of accuracy
• Ability to use own initiative, where appropriate, and be proactive in approach to work
• Ability and enthusiasm to learn new skills
• Published research relevant to the research theme

Desirable
• Understanding of current policy and practice with regards to pharmacy practice and primary care in the National Health Service (NHS).
• Ability of managing externally funded research projects


Experience
Essential

• Experience with research in primary care/ pharmacy workforce and relevant education and training
• Experience of undertaking health services research with qualitative and quantitative (mixed methods) approaches
• Experience of obtaining Research Ethics approval for research studies
• Experience of collecting, processing and analysing qualitative and quantitative data
• Experience of quantitative computer software packages, notably MS Excel, SPSS and NVivo
• Experience of preparing and disseminating research outputs for policy, practitioner and academic audiences
Desirable
• Developing track record of publishing previous research commensurate with level of experience
• Experience of presenting work to audiences of academics, health professionals and lay people
For Appointment as a Research Fellow candidates will be expected to meet the following additional criteria:
Essential:
• Extensive previous experience in health services with significant experience of utilising mixed methods research approaches.
• PhD or equivalent
• Previous experience in attracting external funding for research
• Previous experience of independently collecting and analysing data
• A proven track record of productivity, including publication of research papers in international peer-reviewed journals as first author and as contributing author
• Good understanding of current NHS/Pharmacy Practice and Primary Care environment
• Experience of obtaining appropriate ethical and management permissions to conduct research studies