Researcher 1A (0.6 FTE) - GCU00986

  • Job Reference: 00322585-1
  • Date Posted: 16 July 2021
  • Employer: Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Location: Glasgow
  • Salary: £33,797 to £39,152
  • Sector: Education, Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Part Time

Job Description


This is a part time/fixed term opportunity for 18 months

An exciting opportunity has arising has arisen for a Researcher to join the NIHR funded OPTIMA project, based in the Physiotherapy and Paramedicine at GCU.  We are looking to appoint a Researcher with strong reflective and critical thinking skills, and excellent attention to detail. Ideally you will have experience of undertaking different types of systematic review, including mixed method reviews and network meta-analysis qualitative data analysis, and extensive experience of working with data collected in healthcare settings (quantitative and/or qualitative).

Glasgow Caledonian University is a vibrant, multi-cultural and modern university in the centre of Glasgow, and is placed amongst the top 70 universities globally (THE Impact rankings, 2021).  Our welcoming community of 20,000 students, from more than 100 countries, enjoy a wide range of award-winning support services and state of the art facilities across each of our campuses in Glasgow, London and New York.  Our University mission - with its commitment to the Common Good and core values of integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence - is integral to everything we do.

The Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine within the School of Health of Life Sciences, has an excellent track record in sustaining and growing research and knowledge transfer links with NHS. GCU is 1st for physiotherapy in Scotland 2nd in the UK. Building on this successful track record, the successful candidate will be part of a vibrant team.

The purpose of this role is to support the delivery of the Systematic review and integrated report on the quantitative and qualitative evidence base for behaviOur change interventions to promote Physical acTivity in people with InterMittent claudication (OPTIMA) project. This is an NIHR funded research project lead by Glasgow Caledonian University in collaboration with University of the Highlands and Islands, Patients with Intermittent Claudication with partnership with several NHS organisations.  This project involves synthesising the quantitative and qualitative evidence to inform behaviour change strategies to support long-term change in physical activity in people with Intermittent Claudication.

The project will systematically review the effectiveness of interventions incorporating behaviour change on physical activity; association between different behaviour change techniques (BCTs), mechanisms of action, contextual features; acceptability, feasibility, appropriateness of behaviour change (BC) interventions; and the feasibility of delivering services using interventions containing BC. Two systematic reviews will be conducted (one quantitative, one qualitative) which will later be integrated in a final synthesis/analysis.

The post-holder will play a key role in both the quantitative and qualitative systematic reviews, acting as one of two independent reviewers for screening, data extraction, and quality assessment.  Data extraction will include identifying and detailed coding of intervention components (using the BCT taxonomy), underpinning psychological theories (using the theoretical domains framework) and intervention context (using the TIDieR framework). Additionally, the post-holder will be involved in managing review progress, analysing and synthesising findings, PPI engagement, and dissemination activities.

We are seeking a Researcher educated to equivalent of UK MSc in research methodology, public health, social or behavioural sciences, healthcare subject (medicine, nursing or allied health professions), or related discipline or the equivalent level reached through experience.



The successful candidate is required to demonstrate strong understanding of research designs and methods, and their application to real life, experience of undertaking different types of systematic review, including mixed method reviews and network meta-analysis, extensive experience of working with data collected in healthcare settings (quantitative and/or qualitative), and evidence of good written/oral communication skills.

It would also be desirable for the candidate to demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Formal training in undertaking evidence synthesis and systematic reviews.
  • Proficiency in the use of COVIDENCE and meta-analysis software (such as REvMan and Comprehensive meta-analysis).
  • Experience of research and/or practice in peripheral arterial diseases and intermittent claudication.
  • Good understanding of the Theoretical Domains Framework and the Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy (v1).

For an informal discussion on any aspects of the role, you can contact Dr Ukachukwu Abaraogu  Research Fellow Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine via

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values .

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success .

The University holds the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver institution award, which recognises our significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality across different disciplines.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to disabled people. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants during the recruitment process.

The University also holds the Carer Positive  Engaged' employer award, which recognises our commitment to supporting staff with caring responsibilities.

Glasgow Caledonian University are committed signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant . 

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).