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Career Development Fellow (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a 3 year training position within the Physical Activity Epidemiology Programme at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, a department within the Clinical School at the University of Cambridge. The MRC Epidemiology Unit studies the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders and contributes to the prevention of these disorders.

The Unit is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Career Development Fellow with an interest and experience in physical activity and fitness epidemiology. The Unit has access to a range of large national and international cohorts with detailed measures of physical activity, fitness and metabolic disease risk markers and with follow-up for disease endpoints.

The successful candidate will be educated to PhD level in epidemiology or a similar subject, or due to complete doctoral studies within 6 months of applying. You will have a BSc in exercise science/physiology/kinesiology, formal training or extensive experience in epidemiology, and ideally previous post-doc experience. You will have experience in statistical analysis of epidemiological datasets and in-depth knowledge of the aetiological epidemiology of activity/fitness with relation to disease, as well as knowledge of the descriptive epidemiology of activity/fitness and the assessment of these traits. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and have experience of publishing and presenting scientific work, together with experience of working both independently as well as collaboratively as a member of a team.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Soren Brage (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. This is a three-year training programme post which will terminate without need for further notice.

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.

The closing date for applications is 10th August 2017. Interviews are to be held 18th August 2017.

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

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 quote reference SJ12758 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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