Research Assistant/Research Associate - Psychology (fixed term, part-time)

Job title Research Assistant/Research Associate - Psychology (fixed term, part-time)

Department Psychology

Salary Starting from £27,116, rising to £40,322 pro rata per annum

Grade Grade 6 to Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements N/A

Additional Information Fixed term - from 1/10/2021 with an expected end date of 31/05/2022
Part time - 14.6 hours per week (0.4 FTE)

Placed on Wednesday 25 August 2021

Closing date Thursday 16 September 2021

Interview date Thursday 07 October 2021

Reference CC8612

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We advertising an exciting position within the psychology department for someone passionate about co-participatory approaches in research. We are looking for someone who would like to work with people with respiratory disease to develop and optimise a digital mindfulness intervention. The post will involve using the person-based approach (Yardley et al., 2015), conducting focus groups and interviews to understand the specific needs of patients to ensure the app is as acceptable as possible for the people who will use it.

About the role

As part of this role, you will establish, organise, and run the patient and public involvement (PPI) service user groups, working with a multidisciplinary clinical respiratory team made up of respiratory doctors, nurses and psychologists. You will analyse these interviews using the person-based approach to identify key behavioural issues and design needs. You will also work closely with digital app developers, using your findings to inform and generate prototype versions of the app that can be discussed with PPI groups. The Research Associate will be asked to support the PI in the management of the project (e.g. working with stakeholders, arranging meetings with collaborators) and with the writing of a report and a funding bid to RfPB.

About you

Research Associate 

You will have been awarded (or expected to be awarded) a PhD in psychology, behavioural science, mental health research or a related field. You will have experience of the key issues when working with NHS patients and experience in using qualitative methods. You will also have depth and breadth of knowledge of relevant subject matter and awareness of the latest developments in this field of research. 

Research Assistant

You will have been awarded a BSc in psychology, behavioural science, mental health research or a related field. You will have awareness of the key issues when working with NHS patients and experience in using qualitative methods. You will also have depth and breadth of knowledge of relevant subject matter and awareness of the latest developments in this field of research.

Salary for a Research Assistant is £26,711 rising to £33,309. Salary for a Research Associate is £34,304 rising to £40,927.

About us

The role is based in the Bath Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion, in the Department of Psychology, University of Bath. The department is situated in a new £30m purpose-built facility, containing two floors of state-of-the-art labs for interview, group observation, EEG/ERP, virtual reality, psychobiology, eye-tracking, pain, cross-modal and computerised testing.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, staff in the department were returned in different units of assessment, the largest of which (Allied Health Professions) obtained the highest REF2014 rating across the whole University. The University was ranked 12th overall in the UK in REF2014. The Department was recently ranked 2nd in the 2020 Complete University Guide.  More information about the Department can be found at http://www.bath.ac.uk/psychology/

The University of Bath is situated in the beautiful World Heritage City of Bath and is part of the GW4 group of leading Universities (with Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter). Bath is also a member of the ERSC-funded SWDTC. Bath is 15 minutes from Bristol by train and 90 minutes from London and Oxford.

What we can offer you

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. This role is fixed term from 1/10/2021 with an expected expiry date of 31/05/2022. This role is on a part time working 14.6 hours per week (0.4 FTE). We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Further details:

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our applicant information webpage  before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.