Research Assistant


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We are looking for a Research Assistant to work on two qualitative research projects aimed at identifying how we can create better policy to prevent child obesity.

This is an excellent post for an individual with a background in public health or the social sciences, and a strong interest in innovative qualitative and participatory research methods. It will provide opportunities to conduct fieldwork with a high degree of independence.
The post-holder will assist in conducting qualitative fieldwork in a series of case study locations in England, using a range of methodologies to engage with families living in areas of deprivation. The successful candidate will assist with recruitment, active fieldwork, and initial data analyses. Appropriate training will be provided prior to commencement of fieldwork.

The duties will include:
1) Desk-based research to characterise the research sites and prepare for fieldwork:
- Conducting searches of grey and published literature and synthesising findings
- Conducting research on the context of the selected field site(s).
2) Assistance with participant recruitment
- Identifying potential avenues for recruitment
- Assisting the lead researcher in engaging through those avenues
3) Carrying out fieldwork in selected field sites.
- Conducting research with families using a range of qualitative methods, including semi-structured interviews, ‘go-along’ interviews, and photo elicitation.
- Assistance with mapping the key components of the field site(s) (e.g., shops, exercise facilities)
4) Assistance with initial data analysis
- Providing input on early qualitative data analysis
Other duties
- Participate in/lead collaborator meetings, teleconferences, and ad hoc meetings as required.
- Contribute to communication, outputs and activities to maximise project impact
- Contribute as co-author on project-wide publications and outputs.
- Attend Centre for Food Policy meetings.
- Undergraduate degree in social sciences OR relevant alternative training in social sciences
- Experience of desk-based research
- Excellent and demonstrable writing skills
-General understanding of the complexities of conducting research in deprived communities
- General understanding of health inequalities and the social determinants of health
- Interest in utilising qualitative and participatory methods in public health research
- Demonstrable willingness to learn new skills
- Proven ability to work independently
- Proven ability to effectively manage collaborative relationships
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate appropriately with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds

- Masters degree in social sciences or public health
- Experience of working in collaborative research projects
- Experience in applying qualitative methods in research
Centre For Food Policy
Rhind Building
City, University of London
St John Street
Start Date: 23/06/2018
End Date: 23/09/2018
Please note, this role may be extended for a month.

Working Days and Hours: 35 hours per week, usually Monday to Friday; From 09:00 to 17:00 although some flexibility may be required.
Please note, this post can also be offered at 0.8 FTE for the right candidate.

This advert will expire at 23:59 on Wednesday 25th April 2018.
We will be shortlisting for the role on Thursday 26th April 2018.
The interview dates will be confirmed at the later stage of the process.

Disclaimer: this advert may end earlier if we receive sufficient applications before the deadline. If you wish to apply for this role, please apply sooner rather than later.