Research Fellow (Postdoctoral) - Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences - 100588

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom
£32,348 - £42,155,
Closing date
Dec 3, 2022
Position Details

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £32,348 to £42,155, with potential progression once in post to £44,737

Grade 7

Part Time, Permanent Fixed Term contract up to November 2024

Closing date: 29th November 2022


To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within the established research programme of Dr. Tom Nightingale and/or specific research project funded by Heart Research UK (Time is of the essence: the impact of early initiated upper-body aerobic exercise on cardiovascular health following spinal cord injury).

Role Summary
  • Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids.
  • Operate within area of specialism (e.g., vascular imaging, exercise physiology, biomedical science)
  • Collect and analyse data, along with interpreting research findings and results
  • Contribute to generating additional funding
  • Dissemination of knowledge to fellow researchers and/or public through presentations and the publishing of peer-reviewed manuscripts within the specific field of interest.

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to public engagement activities that benefit the College and the University, often under the supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews *
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters *
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research *
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines*
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

* These indicative responsibilities may also be included in a research role at grade 6.

Person Specification
  • First degree in area of specialism and a PhD (or one close to completion), or MD relevant to the research area
  • Experience of working with individuals with a spinal cord injury (particularly in a sub-acute rehabilitation setting) would be an asset
  • Experience as a cardiac sonographer or performing vascular ultrasound scans would be desirable
  • High level analytical capability, with exemplary critical thinking skills and the ability to troubleshoot independently
  • Demonstrated excellence in the form of peer-reviewed publications
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly. Experience presenting to an academic audience is required
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Time-management: the applicant must have excellent time management skills and be able to work in a self-directed manner within an interdisciplinary environment
  • Supervision: previous experience mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students is an asset
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly
  • Valid driving licence to transport equipment to and samples from the clinical research site (Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital).

Informal enquires to Thomas Nightingale, email:

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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working .

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