Research Associate in Health Sciences

University of York Department in Health Sciences

United Kingdom

Research Associate in Health Sciences

Department:Health Sciences
Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:32,817 to 40,322 a year
Interview Date:24/02/2021
Posted Date:17/12/2020
Apply by:17/01/2021
Job Reference:9032

Role Description


The Department of Health Sciences is looking to appoint a Research Associate to join a multidisciplinary team of people working on transforming food systems. You will come with experience of co-production of research and participant involvement and a commitment to social justice and equality in health and health care. In this role you will conduct research under the supervision and mentorship of Dr Maria Bryant and Professor Kate Pickett (University of York) and Anna Taylor OBE (Executive Director of the Food Foundation). You will also be working with a wider ‘Transformations to Regenerative Food Systems (TReFS)’ team which aims to co-create regenerative food systems towards one that optimises health and the environment.


Based in York you will lead the coordination of a work package within TReFS (WP2) under the supervision of senior colleagues as well as contributing to the wider programme of work within TReFS, integrating activities between work packages and collaborating with other postdoctoral fellows, experts, partners and anchor institutions. With support you will lead on early years and school based stakeholder engagement, including a child-led ‘Leaders for Change’ group; providing support and developing platforms for meaningful involvement as well as lead on recruitment and data collection within early years and school-based settings in collaboration with the Food Foundation and the wider TReFS team. You will also support the co-design of transformative interventions and development of innovative methods for their evaluation.

Condition of appointment

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form.

Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • First degree in public health, nutrition, psychology or relevant biology field
  • PhD in population health or human biology
  • Research experience in an area that will complement and enhance the department's research strategy
  • Knowledge of public health nutrition to engage in high quality research
  • Knowledge of health inequalities in relation to health and child wellbeing
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies including study design, intervention development, co-design and qualitative methods
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research and writing up research work for publication with demonstrable experience of co-production of research and participant involvement
  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for own and joint research
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience
  • Ability to write up research work for publication and engage in public dissemination including presenting at conferences or exhibiting work in appropriate events
  • Commitment to social justice in health and health care

The post is fixed term for 4 years and funded by a BBSRC award.  Part-time working may be considered.

Interview date: 24 February 2021

For informal enquiries contact Dr Maria Bryant at

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