Research Assistant in Digital Health

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

Research Assistant in Digital Health

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in applied health research? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Research Assistant to work on an exciting research programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), led by Professor Philip Conaghan. The post will be situated jointly in the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM) and the School of Healthcare (SoH), both within the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

This mixed methods study will develop and subsequently evaluate (in conjunction with the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research) a digital rehabilitation package of care for distal upper limb pain. The Research Assistant in Digital Health will work closely with a Research Fellow in the planning, coordination and completion of all stages of the intervention development, and will conduct the mixed-methods evaluation embedded within the randomised controlled trial. Specifically, a literature review, Delphi study and qualitative interviews will first be used to define the components of the intervention. Subsequently, Experience Based Co-Design, with single-case design component analysis, will be used to develop and refine the components into a testable intervention. A qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the intervention will be undertaken with patients and healthcare professionals, prior to formal testing, to explore issues of usability, adoption and adherence of the intervention. Finally, a randomised controlled trial, with internal pilot and mixed-methods evaluation will be conducted to examine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the digital rehabilitation package.

You will have a first degree or MSc in a subject area relating to health services research/applied health research/social science/psychology; or have equivalent research experience. You will also have relevant research experience in an academic or relevant health care setting.

To explore the post further or for any enquiries you may have, please contact:

Dr Sarah Kingsbury


Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of . The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Medicine holds the Gold award. We are committed to being an inclusive medical school that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

Location: Leeds - Chapel Allerton Hospital
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute: Leeds Institute of Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM)
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £27,511 to £32,817 p.a. pro rata
Working Time: 80% of Full time equivalent
Post Type: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 4 years)
Release Date: Wednesday 03 February 2021
Closing Date: Sunday 07 March 2021
Interview Date: Wednesday 24 March 2021
Reference: MHLRM1143


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