Job reference: BMH-023225
Salary: Research Assistant: £30,487 - £34,980 per annum/Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263 per annum
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Biology, Medicine Health
Location: Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division/Team: Division of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work
Hours Per Week: Part Time - 14 hours per week (0.4 FTE)
Closing date: 25/09/2023
Contract Duration: Available ASAP until 31st December 2024
School/Directorate: School of Health Sciences

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity to appoint a research assistant or associate to conduct important research about enabling people with learning disabilities and/or autism to attend cervical screening. The person appointed will join the Mental Health Research Group within the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, based at the University of Manchester.

This researcher will work on a new project, ‘Reducing inequity in cervical screening for people with learning disabilities and/or autism in Greater Manchester’.

The successful applicant will be involved in this work, to facilitate people with learning disabilities to design a series of educational videos to enable people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their supporters to make choices and decisions about the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination and cervical screening.

The successful candidate will conduct co-production activities, supporting an advisory group of people with learning disabilities and/or autism and various discussion groups to develop ideas for the video content and the associated educational materials.  There will also be a video for healthcare professionals involved in cervical screening. The researcher will be involved in an evaluation piloting the implementation of the videos in healthcare settings.  This will involve applications for ethical approval. The researcher will assist with liaising with the filmmaker for the project. The post will involve some travel around Greater Manchester.

The post involves a substantial amount of qualitative data generation, analysis and academic writing.

What you will get in return:

  • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme
  • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays
  • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period
  • Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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***Interviews to be held on Thursday 5th October 2023***

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Janine Owens


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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