Post Details Part time - 50% FTE Fixed term contract until 31 July 2023 Grade 7 £33,707 - £40,322 p.a. pro-rata The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 13 December 2020 There is an expectation of home working due to Covid-19 so please also address this in your letter of application. Equipment will be provided to ensure employees are able to work at home. This role will require membership of the PVG scheme. An offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory outcome of this process. The Post The aims of the project The Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS) is funded by the Scottish Government to help inform policy and practice that will reduce the harms associated with drug use in Scotland. We are committed to the meaningful involvement of people with lived/living experience of drug use, and affected family members, throughout our work. We engage with a wide range of stakeholders to:
develop collaborative research projects to address key information needs. These collaborations include people with lived/living experience, affected family members, academics, health and care service providers, service planners and decision/policy makers.
secure funding to deliver these projects across Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.
share learning from our and other peoples’ research to help inform the Scottish response to problem drug use.
The DRNS is hosted at the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research (SACASR) at the University of Stirling. Dr Tessa Parkes is the Director of SACASR and supports and line-manages the DRNS staff team, including the Research Coordinator. A Steering Committee oversees and advises on the work of the DRNS.
We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Research Coordinator to support the developing work of the DRNS. This post is a unique opportunity to move the DRNS into the next phase in which supporting ambitious and large-scale collaborative projects will be a priority. Research management experience is required, and knowledge or involvement in drug dependence, addictions, drug policy and health service research are highly desirable. A minimum of Masters or MRes level degree is essential, as is the ability to communicate confidently and effectively through all communication systems, excellent planning and organisational skills, and a particular eye for detail. This role would suit someone who enjoys crafting clear research proposals from initial networking and collaboration, to study design and preparation of the application.
The Coordinator will scope, develop and facilitate collaborative working in research funding applications across the Network. The role involves wide interaction with colleagues across the Network and its respective collaborating partners. The role will have a visible presence within the drugs research community and act as an important conduit/point of contact between researchers, the wider research environment, and statutory and third sector organisations in the drugs research field, including people with lived and living experience and affected family members. Working closely with the Steering Committee (SC) of the DRNS, the role also plays a key part in developing and maintaining excellent relationships between the Network and funding agencies.
The postholder will work in a team including a Research Project Administrator and Community Researcher and, as above, will be line managed by the Research Director for the Centre for Addictions Services and Research (Deputy Convenor of the DRNS). The work of the Coordinator will also be overseen by the Convenor of the DRNS (currently Professor Catriona Matheson).
Your CV should be no longer than 8 pages and your Covering Letter should be no longer than 4 pages and should clearly and concisely address how you meet all areas of the job description’s essential criteria and where applicable the desirable criteria. Please do not attach any other documents to your application as they will not be considered.
Description of Duties DRNS is required to deliver on a number of Key Performance Indicators relating to the development of high impact research but also in terms of improved information exchange and communications. The role-holder will be expected to keep abreast of research developments in order to ensure the development of the DRNS’s research activities is guided by strategic, as well as scientific, expertise and judgment. The postholder will be expected to:
identify ambitious and collaborative research opportunities and co-develop the intellectual material for research proposals that meet the needs of the Scottish drugs research strategic framework
facilitate the development of high quality grant applications for a range of national and international funding sources, including programme level funding, by proactively supporting principal investigators and team
develop the international reach of the DRNS
work closely with a wide, diverse and dispersed group of stakeholders, and the core team members, to ensure the successful day-to-day management and promotion of the network
develop excellent working relationships with a wider range of stakeholders (Scotland and beyond) to facilitate their active and meaningful involvement in the network
lead the writing of DRNS reports to funders and attend regular meetings with funders and the Steering Committee
work closely with other core team members to ensure management of the network budget
regularly allocate work as appropriate to the DRNS Community Researcher, Research Project Administrator, and other core team members
lead and contribute to a wide range of dissemination and knowledge exchange activities to promote the needs of the network
This list is not exhaustive but describes the priority activities that will be expected. The role may be redirected as the DRNS evolves.
hold a relevant Masters or MRes level degree ideally with formal research training in an area of research of relevance to the drugs field;
possess sufficient breadth/depth of specialist knowledge in the field of drug/addiction/drug policy studies to develop research projects and programmes
have demonstrated experience of preparing successful grant applications
have demonstrated experience in study design/planning and conducting high quality research, including specific experience in data management, collection and analysis
possess knowledge across a wide range of research methodologies, and be prepared to proactively develop skills and experience where this knowledge is not secure
have experience of writing/contributing to publications, and other research dissemination skills, including presentation and social media skills
have excellent communication, both written and verbal, skills, with an eye for detail
be skilled in creating productive, respectful and inclusive working relationships with a wide range of colleagues / organisations / interest groups across the sector, including people with lived/living experience of drug use, and their families
have excellent organisation and planning skills and ideally experience in prioritising multiple tasks and meeting significant deadlines
have no financial links to the alcohol or tobacco industry
a completed or nearly completed PhD in a relevant field e.g. drugs related or, more broadly, in health or social sciences
lived experience of problem substance use, or affected family experience
Behaviours and Competencies The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.
Managing self and personal skills Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.
Delivering excellent service Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.
Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.
Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.
Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.
Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.
Developing self and others Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.
Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.
Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.
About Us The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) is an integrated multi-disciplinary team of academic and professional support staff with research and teaching interests in sociology, social policy, criminology, education, housing studies, social work and dementia. Working collaboratively with students, staff and stakeholders, the Faculty provide high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education, as well as professional development in all these areas through our interdisciplinary links across the University and beyond. We have a sustained successful research record and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 80% of our research was assessed as internationally excellent or world leading, with the top 23% of our work judged as world leading across two units of assessment, Education, and Social Work and Social Policy. In addition to teaching, social scientific research is undertaken in the Faculty under the following headings: Crime and Justice; Child Welfare and Protection; Curriculum and Pedagogy; Dementia and Social Gerontology; Educational Studies; Public Services and Governance; and Social Surveys and Social Statistics. Full information about the Faculty can be found here: stir.ac.uk/social-sciences/ “Our Faculty holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We are committed to creating a workplace that promotes and values diversity. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity”.
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