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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant: Community Readiness and Engagement

University of Bradford – School of Health

Faculty of Health Studies

Three years fixed term

Interview Date: See advert

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Research Assistant 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 Professor Neil Small, and the Better Start Bradford management team, the Research Assistant will design and conduct research combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Bradford Trident has been awarded £49 million from the National Lottery to help parents give their children the best start in life via the Better Start Bradford project. As a component of Better Start Bradford, the Innovation Hub will unite leading academics from the Universities of York, Bradford, Leeds Beckett 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 Professor Small and the Innovation Hub programme co-ordinator to conduct research on the relationship between the Better Start project and community readiness and engagement. Specifically, research will explore the way local communities can be involved in agenda setting and evaluation of research and service development. 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 sociology, social policy, social work, psychology, anthropology or a health related discipline with a PhD involving qualitative research or community development. Candidates who do not have a PhD but can show a level of academic and professional achievement that is comparable will also be considered.



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