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Research Associate (Qualitative)

Institute of Health & Neurodevelopment

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £39,347 per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (31/01/2026)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 24 April 2024
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  0087-24
Release Date:  Wednesday 03 April 2024

You will join an interdisciplinary team conducting groundbreaking research with young people, on the role of social media influencers' narratives in youth mental health. You will be based at the prestigious Institute for Health and Neurodevelopment at Aston University. You will carry out participant recruitment, qualitative data collection (interviews), qualitative data analysis (phenomenologically focused), group facilitation work (consensus development), and co-production.

You will work under the supervision of Dr Michael Larkin (Aston University), Dr Ruth Page (University of Birmingham) and Prof Paul Crawford (Nottingham University), and collaborate with a wide range of people, including other research team members, colleagues at the McPin Foundation, young people, other researchers, professionals and practitioners.

A satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance is required for this post.

About you:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate: good knowledge of, and experience with qualitative research methods; psychological research; excellent communication skills; proven competency with academic publication and dissemination; an interest in other people’s experiences; an ability to apply the principles of best practice for coproduction and PPI (public and patient involvement in research), good knowledge of social media platforms; good knowledge of mental health literacy and related concepts; and a commitment to improving mental healthcare provision for young people.

About the project:

In this UKRI-funded project, we will conduct a series of studies to explore the role played by social media influencers' accounts of mental health, in contributing to the mental health literacy of young people. We will work with young people and other stakeholders to develop guidance and tools to support young people in navigating and evaluating these accounts.

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