Post Doctoral Research Fellow: Public Health

University of Salford
Salford, United Kingdom
Closing date
Jul 1, 2022

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A bit about the School of Health & Society...

Our School of Health & Society is one of the largest providers of nursing, midwifery and allied health professional education programmes in the UK, known for our track record of collaborating with a wide range of industry partners across health and social care to produce highly skilled graduates with real work experience. We are at an interesting time in the Higher Education sector, there is significant change in terms of oversight, student expectations and changing demographics and we are trying to do things differently so that we stay ahead of these changes.

Our connection to industry is stronger than ever, particularly in terms of our real-world research. The University of Salford is the leading UK university in research on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is caused by alcohol consumption in pregnancy, and is characterised by difficulties with motor coordination, speech and language, academic achievement, memory, attention, impulse control, hyperactivity, emotion regulation, adaptive functioning and social communication. The team at the University of Salford have designed 'SPECIFIC': an intervention for parents and carers of children newly diagnosed with FASD, using funding from the Medical Research Council. We now seek an experienced post doctoral research fellow to develop the next phase of this exciting research programme: a feasibility trial of SPECIFIC, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (Research for Patient Benefit) scheme, in partnership with the leading charity and the National FASD Clinic.

In this project, under the supervision of the Joint Principal Investigators (Prof Penny Cook and Prof Raja Mukherjee) and co-I (Dr Clare Allely), you will carry out the feasibility study to gather sufficient information to design a robust randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the SPECIFIC parenting programme, demonstrate that it is feasible to deliver the RCT and provide sufficient signal of efficacy in the intervention to warrant an application to fund a definitive study. You will be expected to develop the application for funding for the definitive study.

The post will be based in the Allied and Public Health Directorate of the University of Salford. The contract is full time, fixed term for 25 months.

So what will the role involve?
  • To carry out the feasibility study to gather sufficient information to design a robust randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the SPECIFIC parenting programme, including recruitment of participants and managing their flow through the trial.
  • To collect and analyse rigorous scientific evidence on feasibility outcomes, including both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • To write up the project findings, and develop a grant application for the next stage in testing SPECIFIC.
  • To engage with and co-create the research with key stakeholders, including 'experts by experience'.
  • To play your part in establishing the University of Salford as a global leader in FASD research.

Please contact Professor Penny Cook ( for an informal discussion.

What's in it for you?

With over 200 languages spoken across Greater Manchester, we want to create an inspirational, inclusive learning and working environment, celebrating the diversity of our University community in our everyday conversations. Our student population is already incredibly diverse and we want to ensure this is reflected across our colleague profile as well.

To help you, we have wide ranging colleague support networks, promoting awareness events throughout the year and giving you the opportunity to share your experiences with others. Our extensive faith centre facilities reflect our continuing commitment to support the student and colleague experience and the beliefs and values you bring to our community.

There is a varied benefits package available through 'MySalford' where you can tailor your benefits to suit your own lifestyle - everything from additional annual leave, savings on High Street shopping, travel discounts as well as health and wellbeing support. To maintain work/life balance, when appropriate you can connect to work from wherever you are. Whether it's our Peel Park Campus, MediaCityUK or your couch at home, the tools are there for you to do your best work. Flexibility on working from home is supported where possible, however the role will be based on the University of Salford campus.

However you identify, whatever your pathway has been to get here, come and join us at the University of Salford where we are all proud to belong - watch us in action here!

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