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Senior Research Associate (PHIRST)

Health Research
Salary:   £35,326 to £40,927
Closing Date:   Monday 04 July 2022
Interview Date:   Tuesday 19 July 2022
Reference:  A3762

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate as part of the Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) initiative. PHIRST links up academic teams with local authorities to evaluate work that is happening in local government across the UK with potential to improve health and reduce inequalities.

Day to day, your main responsibilities will include conducting and analysing qualitative fieldwork and supporting participatory research activities. You will undertake rapid literature reviews to inform evaluation planning and complete ethical and/or governance approvals.  The role will also involve on-going collaboration with colleagues at Lancaster and Liverpool universities, members of the public and local authority staff in order to plan and deliver responsive evaluations.  With a background in an area of relevance to public health, you will have experience of conducting research in local government or community settings.  

Our team is one of six PHIRSTs funded by the National Institute for Health Research and is led by Professor Ben Barr (Liverpool) and Dr Emma Halliday (Lancaster). Working with a team comprising experienced public health professionals, academics and members of the public, there will also be opportunities for career development, including gaining experience of knowledge exchange in local government settings. 

The post will be based within the Division of Health Research at Lancaster University but you will need to be willing to travel anywhere in the UK to attend meetings and conduct research activities (subject to Covid-19 restrictions).

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 for immediate start and we are open to discussing job share opportunities/part-time working and flexible working arrangements including working week and days/hours worked, flexible start and finish times or condensed hours. 

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 on 28th February 2027. 

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Emma Halliday (

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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