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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£31,406 - £40,297 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Part Time
22.2 hours per week
Work From Home:

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Job Summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and competent Research Assistant/Fellow (depending on qualifications and experience) to join the School of Health Sciences research team for a one year period to support ongoing research.

You will principally work on two projects; however, you may be required to support other projects and activities during the 1-year period. One is a CSO-funded project evaluating community rehabilitation for people with long-COVID ( which involves interviews with NHS staff and patients, as well as measurement of patient and service-level outcomes. The second study is funded by NHS Grampian and is using co-production methods to develop a prehabilitation intervention based on cognitive behavioural approaches for people undergoing total knee replacement surgery.

The School of Health Sciences has a vibrant and growing multi-disciplinary research culture, and benefits from cross-school and external collaborations. The Scottish Centre for Evidence-based, Multi-disciplinary Practice: A JBI Centre of Excellence is hosted within the school. Current research is funded by the Chief Scientist Office, National Institute for Health Research, NHS Grampian, and Parkinson’s UK. Topics include rehabilitation for long-COVID, exercise therapy for tendinopathy, remote allied health professions service delivery, prehabilitation for elective orthopaedic surgery and development and testing of complex interventions for long-term conditions.

The position is available immediately and appointment will be on a fixed-term (one year) 0.6WTE basis.

The post will be based at RGU's Garthdee campus in Aberdeen, and in keeping with RGU’s commitment to work/life balance you may have the opportunity to work from home for a portion of the working week.

This post is subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information, visit:

Employment is conditional on candidates, if deemed necessary, passing a pre-employment medical and undertaking ongoing health surveillance throughout the course of their employment.  This is required in order to support our duty of care under health and safety statute and to ensure that the candidates are able to carry out the functions required by the role.

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Strategic Lead Research/Project Principal Investigators.

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility.

PURPOSE OF POST: To conduct various research duties as agreed with line-manager.


Support the collection, processing and analysis of research data.

Contribute to report writing and dissemination activities.

Assist with the completion of existing research projects.

Assist with the preparation of ethical and regulatory body approvals.

Assist with the preparation of funding applications.

Participate in the School’s research activities, including workshops and seminars.

Carry out such other duties as may be assigned .

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Membership

Research Assistant: Honours degree (2.1 or above) in a health-related subject.

Research Fellow: Doctorate in a health-related subject.

Knowledge and skills

Knowledge of mixed methods research.

Self-motivated with an ability to work independently and to tight deadlines.

Ability to work in a team.

Excellent communication, interpersonal and report writing skills.




Qualifications and Professional Membership.

Research Assistant: Higher Degree in health-related subject.


Knowledge of long COVID and/or elective orthopaedic surgery and/or coproduction methods.


Applied health research experience


The post may involve travel for data collection and meetings.



Behaviour 1 - Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2 - Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards 

Behaviour 3 - Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings

Behaviour 4 - Liaison and Networking - Experience of  circulating information in an accurate and timely manner,  working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships and leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest

Behaviour 5 - Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 6 - Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

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