Research Assistant

Closing date: 09 October 2017
Department: Otology and Hearing
Salary: £26495 to £28936 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

One of the greatest barriers to comparing, contrasting and combining the findings of the existing research studies is the inconsistent use of outcome measures from one study to another. The successful candidate will support a multi-disciplinary international research team whose role is to create minimum standards for outcome measures to be used in early-phase clinical trials. This is a varied role providing opportunities for involvement in all aspects of research including development, design and implementation and dissemination of findings. It would ideally suit a recent graduate.

The main project is to support the completion of the Core Outcome Measures in Tinnitus (COMiT) initiative and the delivery of their published roadmap for this international research programme. The role holder will also support Prof Hall in delivering Stage 2 of the project which will identify and agree on appropriate outcome instruments to measure each of the recommended outcome domains. This step involves a systematic appraisal of the statistical (psychometric) properties of candidate instruments, with prospective validation of candidate instruments, pending availability of suitable data. The role holder will also provide administrative assistance in setting up new Core Outcome Set projects, including one relating to people with a single-sided deafness. A maths background to help map instruments to domains is required.

Candidates should havea First degree in mathematics or statistics, or other subject that has a strong component relating to numeracy skills and relevant experience in the research environment. Candidates should have an excellent working knowledge of relevant IT operating systems and software packages (including Windows and Microsoft Office. Candidates should also possess communication skills demonstrating an ability to communicate on all levels within a multi-disciplinary team. Project management skills, demonstrating attention to detail, excellent organisation and planning are also essential along with good data management and database skills.

This full time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 12 months.  This post is open to job share.   

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Deb Hall, Professor in Hearing Sciences: +44 (0) 115 823 2629 or email: Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

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