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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£31,046 - £34,304 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
7.4 hours per day

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Job Summary

The School of Health Sciences seeks an enthusiastic and competent research assistant to support our growing portfolio of applied practical health & wellbeing research aimed at enabling people to live well across the lifespan.

You will work on a number of projects, as agreed with the line-manager, contributing to data collection and analysis, and the reporting and dissemination of findings. Projects may be primary (data collection) or secondary (systematic/scoping review) in nature. You will also contribute to the preparation of research proposals, and ethics and grant applications.

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, rehabilitation 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 permanent, full-time basis.

Please note, interviews will be held on Thursday 30th June. 

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:

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/Academic Team Lead Research.  

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility.

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


Undertake literature reviews in particular subject areas.

Collect, process and analyse research data.

Contribute to project reports and research manuscripts.

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 contributing to workshops and seminars.

Carry out such other duties as may be assigned.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Membership

Honours degree (2.1 or above) in health-related subject (e.g. health, applied social science, applied, applied sports science).

Knowledge and skills

Knowledge of a range of applied health research methods (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, survey, mixed-methods).

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.


Experience in literature searching and critical appraisal.



Qualifications and Professional Membership

MSc or PhD in health/social science/applied sports science.


Knowledge of one or more of the following: musculoskeletal conditions, self-management, digital health.


Applied health research experience.


The post may involve travel for data collection and meetings.



Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2: 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

Behaviour 3: Service Delivery - Experience of giving customers a positive and satisfactory service, by providing accurate and up to date knowledge of services available in own and related areas of work

Behaviour 4: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner and working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships

Behaviour 5: Planning and Organising Resources - Experience of planning, prioritising and organising your own work or resources to achieve agreed objectives 

Behaviour 6: Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying and using a range of sources to produces reports that combine different types of data 

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