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Project Assistant (iPOF) (part-time)

Health Research
Salary:   £20,092 to £22,254 pro-rata
Closing Date:   Sunday 26 June 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  0499-22

The Division of Health Research (DHR), within Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine, in collaboration with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, is seeking to appoint a Project Assistant to work on a study funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Health Services & Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme. The aim of the project is to improve uptake, safety and usefulness of online mental health communities. We will do this by developing a programme theory to understand the underlying mechanisms by which online mental health communities impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing, and to use this programme theory to develop best practice tools to improve uptake, safety and usefulness of online communities. This is a creative, inter-disciplinary, multi-institutional project, using a realist informed approach. The role of the Project Assistant is to support the Chief Investigator to ensure that the project related administrative duties are completed. 

You will work directly with the Chief Investigator Professor Fiona Lobban (DHR, Lancaster University), and as part of a wider team, including academics based at Lancaster University and the University of Manchester, and mental health providers including online community hosts, moderators, and community members. Your role will be to oversee all administrative parts of the project including communication, event management, and meeting administration.  

We are seeking someone with a good understanding of health-related research. You will need to be proficient in basic software packages, (Word, Excel) and must have excellent organisational, interpersonal and communication skills. You need to understand the needs of people experiencing mental distress and be able to respond appropriately. Experience of setting up and managing online communication and social media strategies would be desirable.  

You will be based with colleagues from the iPOF programme within DHR in the Health Innovation Campus at Lancaster University, reporting to the Project Lead. DHR provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, and which actively promotes a healthy work-life balance. The Faculty is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies and holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. 

The position is available to start from 1st September 2022 and we are open to discussing flexible working arrangements including working week and days/hours worked and flexible start and finish times.  You will join us on an indefinite contract however the role remains contingent on external funding which at this time is due to come to an end on 31st December 2024. 

This is a part-time post (0.60 FTE – 22 hours).

For further information, please contact: Prof Fiona Lobban, email: or Dr Tamara Rakic email:

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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