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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/02/2020.

Senior Research Associate- Band 7

Job Reference: 339-GLL1149-B

North Bristol NHS Trust
Jacques Parisot Research
Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, Bristol
£37570 - £43772 per annum, pro rata

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Senior Research Associate - Speech and Language Therapy/Psychology/Linguistics or similar Band 7
Full time Fixed term from 01/04/20 to 31/03/2021

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with research experience and a background in either Speech and Language Therapy, Psychology or similar to join Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit (BSLTRU) at Southmead Hospital in Bristol to support the delivery of two exciting and novel research studies:

1. The Language Explorer study, funded by the NIHR i4i scheme and in collaboration with lead partners, the app developers Therapy Box. This study will lead to the development of an automated language transcription and analysis system to assist speech and language therapists with clinical decision making in the evaluation of developmental language disorder.

2. The Cleft Collective Speech and Language Cohort Study – a national UK study of children born with cleft palate and in partnership with the University of Bristol in which we are collecting and analyzing data which will be used to inform clinical services for this

The postholder will work closely with the Director of BSLTRU to carry out the evaluation of 60 children at three clinical sites across the UK (Bristol, London and Newcastle). S/he will also work with the app developers and study leads, Therapy Box, on the development of the app as well as with the Cleft Collective team at the University of Bristol.

The postholder will be responsible for carrying out activities with patient and public representatives to ensure that the work being carried out is consistent with the needs and wishes of the patient/carer community. S/he will also lead on the writing up of the evaluation and preparation and submission of papers to peer reviewed journals and professional publications.

Post Requirements

The post holder will have knowledge of the current literature and clinical provision related to language development and disorder and/or cleft palate. The successful candidate will havesome research experience and be able to demonstrate good analytic and writing skills.Familiarity with clinical services in Speech and Language Therapy is desirable and an ability to identify pathways to impact for research findings is preferred.

While the post is advertised at band 7 full time, we may be able to offer an alternative banding and different WTE for the right candidate. More supervision will be available for those who are appointed at band 6. The post is offered for 12 months in the first instance with a possibility of extension for at least 6 months.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Yvonne Wren:; tel: 0117 4143951.

For more information about the activities of BSLTRU and Therapy Box, please see the websites: or



The following is applicable for ‘At Risk’ employees, who must meet the essential shortlisting criteria to be eligible for interview.

Those from within North Bristol NHS Trust who apply for this role will be considered for shortlisting in the first instance.
Those from within the BNSSG (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who apply for this role will be considered in the second instance.
Those covered by the South West Employment Transition Framework who apply for this role will be considered in the third instance.
If no applicant is appointed from the above ‘at-risk’ pools, those from the open market will then be considered for shortlisting.
If you apply for this vacancy and have not received a communication from this Trust within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note that this Trust does not reimburse travel expenses relating to interview attendance.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the Disability Act / Two Ticks scheme and require further support/advice, please contact us on tel 0117 4141151.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant(s) will normally commence at the minimum of the scale unless they have previous NHS service at the same band. Progression through the scale is by annual increments.

Please note that stringent pre-employment checks are undertaken on all successful applicants prior to commencement in post. Please refer to the ‘Information for Prospective Employees’ attachment for information relating to DBS charges.

We are committed to Equal Opportunity - Job Share Applications are welcomed.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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