Research Assistant in Health Psychology

Job Reference : BM&H-11182
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 15/01/2018
Salary : £26,495 to £30,688 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Psychology
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : Available from 01/02/2018 to 31/12/2018

The purpose of this post is to contribute to a study of the effects of “greening” the physical environment on older adults’ physical activity and other indicators of well-being. It forms part of the larger GHIA project, which is funded as part of the Valuing Nature programme led by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Based within the Division of Psychology and Mental Health, you will work in collaboration with colleagues in Geography and Social Science at the University of Manchester, and as part of a larger team involving researchers at Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University, and numerous partner organisations in Greater Manchester.

The post will involve fieldwork conducting structured quantitative observations of physical activity and other wellbeing behaviours at various outdoor sites around Greater Manchester, which will require some willingness to travel and flexibility over working hours. You will also contribute towards development of a qualitative sub-study to examine the views of older people in Greater Manchester about the “greening” initiatives. This will involve ethics application, interviews and analysis.

Other duties will include data entry, data handling and data analysis of the quantitative data collected, as well as keeping accurate records of observation sites and periods, handling amendments to ethical clearance, supporting writing of reports and publications.

You will be willing to support other studies as part of the larger GHIA project, and to participate in meetings relating to this project. You will be enthusiastic, highly reliable, and have good IT skills.

You must have successfully completed a MSc. in health psychology or another social science discipline.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor David French, Chair in in Health Psychology


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

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


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.