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  • Ref no: RGU02881
  • Published: 21/11/19
  • Closes: 8/12/19
  • Location: RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
  • Salary: £30,942.00 - £33,797.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week

Job Description

The School of Health Sciences seeks an enthusiastic and competent researcher to assist with research projects in the field of applied practical health & wellbeing research, particularly in the fields of musculoskeletal conditions, long-term condition self-management, physical activity, and mental wellbeing.

You will work on a number of projects, as agreed with the line-manager, contributing to data collection and analysis, and the reporting and dissemination of findings. Projects may be primary (data collection) or secondary (systematic literature review) in nature. You will also contribute to the preparation of research proposals and grant applications.

The School of Health Sciences has a vibrant and growing multi-disciplinary research culture, and benefits from cross-school and external collaborations. You will contribute to a developing portfolio of applied practical research to enable people to live well across the lifespan.

This post in subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information, visit:

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

Closing date:  8 December 2019

Interview: Week commencing 16 December 2019


RESPONSIBLE TO: Clinical Professor Allied Health Professions

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: To conduct various research duties as agreed with line-manager


Undertake literature reviews in particular subject areas

Collect, process and analyse research data

Contribute to project reports and research manuscripts

Assist with the completion of existing research projects

Assist with the preparation of ethical and regulatory body approvals

Assist with the preparation of funding applications

Participate in the School’s research activities, including contributing to workshops and seminars

Carry out such other duties as may be assigned



Qualifications and Professional Membership
Honours degree (2.1 or above) in health/social science/applied sports science

Knowledge and skills
Knowledge of a range of applied health research methods (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, survey, mixed-methods)
Self-motivated with an ability to work independently and to tight deadlines
Ability to work in a team
Excellent communication, interpersonal and report writing skills

Experience in literature searching and critical appraisal


Qualifications and Professional Membership
MSc or PhD in health/social science/applied sports science

Knowledge of one or more of the following: musculoskeletal conditions, long-term condition self-management, physical activity, mental wellbeing

Applied health research experience

Driving license

The post may involve travel for data collection and meetings

The Individual

Behaviour 1 - Communication 

Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2 - Decision Making

Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others


Behaviour 3 - Service Delivery

Experience of giving customers a positive and satisfactory service, by providing accurate and up to date knowledge of services available in own and related areas of work


Behaviour 4 - Liaison and Networking

Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner and working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships


Behaviour 5 - Planning and Organising Resources

Experience of planning, prioritising and organising your own work or resources to achieve agreed objectives


Behaviour 6 - Analysis and Research

Experience of identifying and using a range of sources to produces reports that combine different types of data

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