Job available: research associate, looking at impacts of woodlands on health

The CRESH team have a new post available. We’re looking for a quantitative researcher to work with us, and our colleagues at OPENspace, on a project looking at the impact of woodland improvement on community health. You can read more about the project in our protocol paper.

The job will be based in Glasgow and has funding until the 31 March 2017. The closing date for applications is 27 March 2016.

We’re looking for someone with a PhD or equivalent in statistics or a relevant, quantitative social or clinical science. You need to have up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge in multi-level / longitudinal survey data analysis and knowledge of imputation techniques for survey data.

The postholder will conduct, manage and publish statistical analyses of a complex, 3-wave longitudinal survey in order to evaluate the impact of forestry interventions on community wellbeing. This is a controlled study involving both a repeat cross-sectional survey, and a small panel study, of residents living in six Scottish sites: three where local woods were changed; and three where they were not. Analysis is needed to determine if any changes we see in the communities’ mental health can be attributed to the intervention.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with the rest of the team

1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned statistical analyses, individually or jointly, in accordance with the project deliverables and the research team.

2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.

3. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of both the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, and the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH).

4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & develop/implement a suitable analysis strategy for the existing datasets.

5. Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.

6. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.

7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues on the wider project team, and within CRESH more generally.

8. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and Institute research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the research team, and CRESH more generally.

9. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research team and CRESH.

10. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

11. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

12. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the PI

Think you can do all that? You can apply on the the Glasgow University Jobs website, and the Reference number to search for is 012356

If you have any queries about the post, please email

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