Research Assistant in Digital Health

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7111709 (Ref.No. MHLRM1196)
Posted: September 27, 2022

Job Description


Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?   Do you have a background in applied health research?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Research Assistant to work on an exciting research programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), led by Professor Philip Conaghan. The post will be situated jointly in the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM) and the School of Healthcare (SoH), both within the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

This mixed methods study will develop and subsequently evaluate (in conjunction with the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research) a digital rehabilitation package of care for distal upper limb pain. The Research Assistant in Digital Health will work closely with a Research Fellow in the planning, coordination and completion of all stages of the intervention development, and will conduct the mixed-methods evaluation embedded within the randomised controlled trial. Specifically, a literature review, Delphi study and qualitative interviews will first be used to define the components of the intervention. Subsequently, Experience Based Co-Design, with single-case design component analysis, will be used to develop and refine the components into a testable intervention. A qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the intervention will be undertaken with patients and healthcare professionals, prior to formal testing, to explore issues of usability, adoption and adherence of the intervention. Finally, a randomised controlled trial, with internal pilot and mixed-methods evaluation will be conducted to examine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the digital rehabilitation package. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Sarah Kingsbury

Tel: +44 (0)

Email: [email protected]

As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students and staff from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Within the Faculty/School of Medicine we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+; and disabled people.  Candidates will always be selected based on merit and ability.  

Location:  Leeds - Chapel Allerton Hospital
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  Leeds Institute of Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM)
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £28,762 to £34,308 p.a.
Working Time:  100% fte (part-time of at least 80% FTE may be considered)
Post Type:  Full Time/Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Available until 30th December 2024 due to external grant income)
Release Date:  Monday 26 September 2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 23 October 2022
Interview Date:  Monday 31 October 2022
Reference:  MHLRM1196

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.