Research Assistant (Fixed-Term)

About the role

This is a wonderful opportunity for a new graduate/early career nutritionist interested in applying and developing their research and intervention implementation skills. The position will require the individual to work at the research site at Appleby Blue in Southwark (South London).

In the context of Bournemouth University 2025 vision and strategy centered on Health & Wellbeing and Digital & Technological Futures, applications are invited for a Research Assistant to work on a Dunhill Medical Trust funded innovation project. The post-holder will be expected to assist with the development of a novel community-based food model to improve the health, wellbeing and social connectedness of older people.

The position holder will undertake research, support with the day-to-day set-up and delivery of the intervention, its evaluation and dissemination closely with the lead researcher (Dr Sophia Amenyah), co-investigators (Professor Jane Murphy and Professor Lee-Ann Fenge) and collaborators, United St Saviours Charity. Experience in participatory action research, community-based participatory research will be required to co-create and co-deliver the community-based food model. The position holder will be responsible for core aspects of the research and engaging with various stakeholders including older adults, local community, community organisations and collaborating partners. This will require excellent communication and interpersonal skills, advanced knowledge of literature searching and synthesis, knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analyses and experience of working together with underserved communities. You will also have a positive and proactive attitude to solution seeking, and willingness to take initiatives and contribute to meet tight deadlines.

This post is available on a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed-term basis until 30th June 2025.

Please address any enquiries regarding the post to Dr Sophia Amenyah  or Professor Jane Murphy 

This position does not meet the eligibility requirements for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route within the UK Visa and Immigration service’s Points Based System. Therefore, BU will not be able to sponsor individuals who require permission to work to carry out this position.  

About the department

The world leading education, research and professional practice delivered across our five academic departments in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences enrich society and make people’s lives better. We have a long and close association with health and social care practice partners across the region; we also work with industry, social enterprise organisations, charities and governmental organisations, both nationally and internationally. Our staff are engaged in innovative and impactful research and routinely work with the public, patients and practitioners locally and globally to shape the future.

About us

Bournemouth University’s vision is worldwide recognition as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society through the fusion of education, research and practice. Our highly skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the globe, who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences that help to build our global learning community.
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