Came across this on my travels and know quite a few arrsers are or have followed degrees recently. Thought that this might be perfect for someone as a first step in a research career...
We would like to invite applications for the post of Research Assistant on an ongoing epidemiological investigation of the health and well-being of 20,000 serving and ex-serving UK Armed Forces personnel. The study, funded by the Ministry of Defence, began in 2003 and is about to enter its second phase. It aims to monitor the possible physical and psychological health effects of operational deployments such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as investigating, more generally, military life and its impact on long-term health, social, and occupational outcomes. Data is collected by a comprehensive survey distributed by post or during military base visits by the research team. The post-holders primary responsibility will be to play a central role in data collection and in the achievement of good response rates for the study. They will assist in the conduct of a large scale survey, liaise with military personnel of all ranks, organise and attend base visits, and trace/track non-responders. They will also assist in the analysis and presentation of data as well as carry out more general research/administrative duties. The role is varied, and will involve considerable travel within the UK and overseas, with some overnight stays. The post is funded to August 2009. The successful candidate will have a degree in health, social sciences, or related subject and be highly self-motivated. First rate communication skills are essential. The post-holder will have good IT skills and experience of a range software including database and analytical programmes such as MS Access and SPSS. The successful candidate will possess a basic understanding of statistical methods and an aptitude for learning new skills. Knowledge of military issues would be an advantage. The position would suit an enthusiastic individual keen to gain research experience on an exciting and important study which has already impacted upon military policy.