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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate (Spectrum)

Health Research
Salary:   £35,326 to £40,927
Closing Date:   Monday 04 July 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  0526-22

The Division of Health Research (DHR) within Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine is seeking to appoint a Senior Research Associate or Research Associate in Mental Health Research, to work as part of the Spectrum Centre. The post holder will play a key role supporting the research portfolio of Professor Fiona Lobban and the team. 

You will support Professor Lobban and the team in the preparation and delivery of a number of studies across their portfolio. This is likely to include the whole range of research skills including preparation of grant applications, research ethics and governance applications, conducting research and preparing papers for publication. You will demonstrate excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work alongside a range of colleagues including academic staff, health and social care professionals, and patients and family carers.  This is an ideal opportunity to work flexibly across a number of different areas, build research skills, and participate in the research of an internationally renowned group. 

You must have at least a postgraduate degree level qualification in a relevant discipline and experience of conducting research in health care environments. Ideally, you will have experience in mental health research, drawing on mixed methods approaches. We are particularly interested in developing our portfolio of realist informed studies, so expertise or interest in these approaches would be welcomed. Writing skills are particularly valued, and experience of authoring papers for publication, grant applications and/or research protocols is critical. Experience of working collaboratively in large multi-disciplinary research teams, and service users/relatives, clinicians and service providers, would be a definite advantage. We are looking for an energetic dynamic, self-directed and committed individual with an interest in becoming a key part of our mental health research team.  The post is funded for 18 months in the first instance and you will have the opportunity to write yourself into grant applications for further funding.

The Spectrum Centre conducts high quality cutting edge research and provides innovative educational programmes to improve mental health support for people experiencing mental distress and family members.  See 

Our team and the Division of Health Research provide a friendly environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee and which actively promotes a healthy work-life balance. The Faculty is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies and has held a Silver Athena SWAN award since 2014 in recognition of its good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. 

The position is available to start from 5th September 2022 and we are open to discussing flexible working arrangements including part time working and job share applications, condensed hours, days/hours worked and flexible start and finish times.  You will join us on an indefinite contract however the role remains contingent on external funding which at this time is due to come to an end 18 months from contract commencement. 

For further information, please contact: Professor Fiona Lobban 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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