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Research Associate (Qualitative) (Fixed Term)

The MRC Epidemiology Unit are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate to take a lead role in delivering the qualitative work stream of a new NIHR Programme grant for the development and evaluation of scalable behavioural weight management programmes for the prevention and treatment of diabetes. This programme of research will be led by Dr Amy Ahern and Professor Simon Griffin. The qualitative workstream for this programme of research includes interviews and focus groups with patients and stakeholders, mixed methods evaluation of a behavioural weight management programme for people with type 2 diabetes, and the development and feasibility testing of an acceptance-based weight loss maintenance programme that can be delivered using an eHealth platform.

The successful applicant will be educated to PhD level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject or be due to complete doctoral studies within 3 months of applying. They will have proven expertise in the collection and analysis of qualitative data, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The post holder will work under the guidance of the Principal Investigators and Dr Robbie Duschinsky (Qualitative Workstream Lead) and will work collaboratively with other Investigators, research staff, scientific and technical teams within and external to the unit, as well as NHS and industry stakeholders, and patient representatives. The successful candidate will be supported in their own development as a researcher and will be required to work flexibly, responding to research needs and opportunities as they arise over the course of the project.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine and is situated within the Institute of Metabolic Science on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Its mission is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders and develop strategies for their prevention. The Unit consists of eight scientific programmes and this post will be based in the Prevention of Diabetes and Related Metabolic Disorders group, led by Professor Simon Griffin. The Unit benefits from a number of large-scale, cross programme epidemiological studies with detailed datasets allowing a wide range of research from genetics to public health. Highly experienced information teams and other specialist teams support the scientists in the delivery of their research aims.

Please contact the lead investigator, Dr Amy Ahern (; 01223 330315), for informal enquiries.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance with a possible extension for a further 18 months.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is the 6th July 2017 with interviews likely to be held on Monday 24th July 2017.

Please quote reference SJ12420 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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