Vacancy_Research Fellow #BetterstartBradford

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Research Fellow to contribute to the new Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub hosted by Born in Bradford (BiB) at the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR). This is a unique opportunity to be part of an initiative which aims to improve the life chances of some of the poorest families within Bradford.

Working under the supervision and mentorship of Dr Claudine Bowyer-Crane, and the Better Start management team, the Research Fellow will design and conduct research to evaluate interventions that aim to support early language development. Better Start Bradford has been awarded £49 million from the National Lottery to help parents give their children the best start in life. As a component of Better Start Bradford, the Innovation Hub will unite leading academics from the Universities of York, Bradford, and Leeds to establish a new birth cohort and provide a centre for evaluation of effectiveness of innovations aimed at improving well-being, communication and language development and nutrition and obesity in pregnant women and 0-3 year olds. The successful candidate will work with Dr Bowyer-Crane and the Innovation Hub programme co-ordinator to conduct evaluations of programmes that are being commissioned by Better Start Bradford. There will also be an opportunity for the right candidate to develop their own independent research agenda related to the implementation of Better Start Bradford. The post-holder will work in collaboration with members of the Institute, Bradford Trident, local families, academics, clinicians, and other stakeholders both locally and nationally.

The programme will combine the exciting potential of Better Start Bradford ( ) to transform the health and well-being of a new generation of children, with the world-leading expertise of the Born in Bradford research cohort ( You will have a First degree in Psychology or a related area with quantitative and qualitative training; and a PhD in Psychology, Language and Communication Sciences or a related discipline, or equivalent experience. You will also have an approachable manner, with experience of working in communities with ethnic and social diversities. The post is fixed term for 3 years.

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