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Research Assistant in Applied Health Research

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 in the School of Healthcare on an exciting health services realist evidence synthesis funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services & Delivery Research programme.

There is a need in the UK to improve experiences of mental health crisis care and to design services and interventions that are effective, timely, and accessible to all those in need. It is therefore vital to develop mental health crisis interventions from a theoretical understanding of the mechanisms that produce the desired outcomes and in which contexts these work best.

The realist evidence synthesis (MH-CREST) aims to identify mechanisms to explain how, for whom and in what circumstances community mental health crisis services work to resolve crises. The realist approach is a participative method of synthesis that involves an iterative process of testing emergent programme theories against empirical evidence, data from policy documents and primary data from engagement with a mixed group of expert stakeholders. The project design will involve an iterative cycle of programme theory identification, evidence searches, quality appraisal, theory testing, and stakeholder engagement. The study team and stakeholder group are multi-disciplinary and include people with lived experience of mental health crises.

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

Dr Nicola Clibbens

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1221, Email:

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Healthcare holds the Silver award.  We are committed to being an inclusive 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 - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  School of Healthcare
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,025 to £32,236 p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  40% Full time equivalent
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 30 April 2021)
Release Date:  Monday 10 June 2019
Closing Date:  Monday 24 June 2019
Interview Date:  Monday 22 July 2019
Reference:  MHHEA1137
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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