Research officer

Job purpose

Following successful application to the Aged Veterans Fund funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is seeking an experienced qualitative researcher to lead on a project to establish the impact and prevalence of tinnitus on aged veterans (65 and over) and make conclusive recommendations on the support this group needs to manage tinnitus. The project will be veteran-led and will consist of questionnaires and focus groups, followed by detailed analysis and recommendations for policy-makers and service providers. The role holder will deliver the project to specification and will aim to exceed expectations in delivery and professionalism. This is an important project with potential for major national impact.

The main causes of tinnitus are noise-induced and age-related hearing loss which can result from a lifetime’s exposure to occupational or social noise. These impairments to the inner ear cause changes in the way that the hearing brain processes sound information. Clinical management of tinnitus generally involves combinations of psychological support and/or sound therapy. However, there is currently no cure for tinnitus.

The BTA is the only national charity in the UK solely dedicated to supporting the tinnitus community.

Our vision is ‘A world where no one suffers from tinnitus,’ and we are embarking on the delivery of a new strategy so want a Research Officer to join us who can really help support the BTA on this vision.

The candidate will lead on all aspects of research including development, design, implementation and work with the Royal British Legion, other grant holders and the Ministry of Defence to maximise dissemination of research findings. You will be responsible for budget management and reporting back to the funders. You will also have opportunities to be involved in other aspects of the BTA’s work.

Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline. Substantial experience in qualitative research methods is essential. Candidates should have an excellent working knowledge of relevant IT operating systems and software packages (including Windows and Microsoft Office), and a good working knowledge of how to record and interpret experimental data. Candidates should also possess communication skills demonstrating an ability to communicate on all levels within a multi-disciplinary team. Project management skills, demonstrating attention to detail, excellent organisation and planning are also essential along with good data management and database skills. The successful candidate will have made a substantial scientific contribution to manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and will be developing a recognised national reputation in a relevant field.

This project is a collaboration between the BTA and the University of Nottingham. The successful candidate with have associate status at the University and access to University resources. Research supervision will be provided by Dr Derek Hoare, Associate Professor in Hearing Sciences and Research Lead for Tinnitus and Hyperacusis at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, University of Nottingham.

Job details

Job Title: Research Officer

Reporting to: Chief Executive

Hours of Work: Full time, 35 hours per week

Contract status: Post available from 1 March 2018 on a fixed-term basis until 30 November 2019

Salary: £36,000

Location: British Tinnitus Association, Sheffield, S8 0TB or home-based. The successful applicant will also have associate status at University of Nottingham             

Closing date: Friday 1 December 2017

Application Pack

More details can be found in the application pack, including an outline of main responsibilities, person specification and a project summary. The application pack can be downloaded here:


Application Process

Application is by CV and cover letter to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line. If you are unable to apply by email please send your application to David Stockdale, British Tinnitus Association, Ground Floor, Unit 5, Acorn Business Park, Sheffield, S8 0TB.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact David Stockdale at [email protected] or on 0114 250 9933

Closing Date for applications: Friday 1 December 2017.

Interviews will take place at the BTA offices in Sheffield on 19 and 20 December.

Further reading

"Lost Voices" can be found here