Job description


Research Fellow (Mental Health) (4468)

Manchester Metropolitan University has a long history of applied research across several interdisciplinary strands and an exciting opportunity has arisen to support the development of a vibrant research team in mental health.  The Faculty of Health & Education promotes active and interdisciplinary research currently and it is home to the Health, Psychology and Communities research centre. Within this research centre sits a vibrant mental health cluster fostering a team of researchers spanning nursing, criminology, mental health, psychology, philosophy and social work.  The cluster through the development and application of mixed methodologies, co-design and service user engagement, is now recognised as a world-class locus of mental health research with a specialist focus on addressing social injustices and inequalities and minimising restrictive practices globally.


The role

The successful applicant will work closely with the team leader, Prof Joy Duxbury, and Dr Alina Haines-Delmont and will play an important role in advancing research in this area. Specifically, he/she/them will contribute to interdisciplinary research focusing on identifying appropriate and acceptable interventions to minimise violence and coercion in mental health, social, education and criminal justice settings, and reducing health inequalities. To achieve this, the successful applicant will undertake mixed methods and participatory research and will produce high-quality materials for publication and dissemination to a wide range of audiences. He/she/them will contribute to knowledge exchange and engagement activities involving partner stakeholders from a range of disciplines. The successful applicant will actively seek opportunities to conduct interdisciplinary and global collaboration with researchers working in mental health, social science and criminal justice disciplines. He/she/they will also be responsible for planning and delivering on specific aspects of the research programme, including intellectual and theoretical development, research design, analytical planning, publications strategy, grant applications and engagement activities.


The ideal candidate:

Applicants should possess a PhD qualification in a related discipline (e.g., Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Health Studies) and have a particular focus on research related to mental health, vulnerable populations, and coercion. They will also have a proven track record in research in mental health and the ability to achieve and maintain international benchmark standards of excellence in research. They should have experience of working collaboratively across mental health settings. Experience of supervising postgraduate students, as well as a record of funding applications in this area will be highly regarded.


This is a full-time, permanent appointment at Research Academic level/grade 9 (£43,434 - £50,296 p.a.) Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The deadline for applications is 24th January 2022. Interviewing will be in February 2022, with a start date of 1st April 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For informal enquiries or visits, contact Professor Joy Duxbury (


To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below/follow the link below/etc. Please ensure that with your application you include a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role. 

If you would like to join our people and share our ambition, we would love to hear from you.


Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.


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Manchester Birley Campus
53 Bonsall Street, Manchester, UK, M15 6GX
  • Location:
    Manchester Birley Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Health & Education
  • Salary:
    Grade 9 (£43,434 to £50,296)
  • Closing Date:
    27 January 2022
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