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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Researcher to join the NIHR funded Common Health Assets project, based in the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at GCU. We are looking to appoint a Researcher with excellent interpersonal skills and experience of recruiting research participants and generating data. Ideally you will have experience of qualitative data analysis, working with community groups, realist or mixed methods research, though training and support will be provided.

The project is a collaboration between researchers at GCU, Bournemouth University, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Queens University Belfast and University of East London and community-led organisations in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

Glasgow Caledonian University is a vibrant, multi-cultural and modern university in the centre of Glasgow, and is placed amongst the top 70 universities globally (THE Impact rankings, 2021). Our welcoming community of 20,000 students, from more than 100 countries, enjoy a wide range of award-winning support services and state of the art facilities across each of our campuses in Glasgow, London and New York. Our University mission – with its commitment to the Common Good and core values of integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence – is integral to everything we do.

The Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health was founded in 2010 and is named in honour of Professor Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to advance social and economic opportunities of the poor through work on microcredit. There are 25 members of staff and 12 doctoral students based in the Centre and our research cuts across the three main societal challenges listed in Glasgow Caledonian’s University’s Research strategy: inclusive societies, healthy lives and sustainable environments. Focusing on social innovation, health, wellbeing and inequalities, we aim to transform the lives of communities through pioneering research in the following areas:

  • Social economy
  • Economics of health and wellbeing
  • Community development, citizenship and participation
  • The Common Health Assets project is a mixed methods, realist evaluation and economic appraisal of how community led organisations impact on the health and wellbeing of people living in deprived areas. The team includes experts on assets based approaches, health economics, social enterprise and realist approaches to research. Methodologically the project is an exciting combination of qualitative methods, policy analysis, photovoice, Q methodology and economic evaluation.

    The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant research field and will work with community partners to recruit participants, generate data, analyse and write up findings whilst keeping records in accordance with research ethics best practice. We are looking for an individual with excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise initiative and show a high degree of responsibility as well as someone to work under pressure and at times to tight deadlines. The success of the project depends on the researchers’ abilities to maintain good working relationships with partners and participants, to be able to work thoughtfully on methodology, analysis and writing but also to be able to work with energy and commitment in the recruitment of study participants and data collection. 

    You will be able to demonstrate previous experience of conducting primary research as part of a team, and working with research partners to recruit participants. Ideally you will have qualitative and quantitative skills and experience of realist, mixed methods research and evidence or writing for publication in peer reviewed academic journals as well as writing for public audiences. 

    Further details on this post and more details of the project are available by contacting Margaret Munro, Centre Senior Administrator, Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at [email protected] or on 0141 331 3234. The project website can be found at https://www.commonhealthassets.uk/ To discuss the role further please contact Professor Rachel Baker at [email protected]

    As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as our values in everything that we do. As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

    Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.

    The University holds the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver institution award, which recognises our significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality across different disciplines.

    As a Disability Confident ‘Committed’ employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to disabled people. Although the Disability Confident ‘Committed’ level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants during the recruitment process.

    The University also holds the Carer Positive ‘Engaged’ employer award, which recognises our commitment to supporting staff with caring responsibilities.

    Glasgow Caledonian University are committed signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant. 

    The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

    Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).

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