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MRC Postdoctoral Fellow

MRC Postdoctoral Fellow - Prevention of Diabetes and Related Disorders (Fixed Term)

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint an MRC Postdoctoral Fellow (training role) who has an interest in the prevention, screening, and early treatment of obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders across the life course. The successful applicant will be a core member of the MRC-funded programme on the Prevention of Diabetes and Related Disorders, a multi-disciplinary research group led by Professor Simon Griffin.

The post holder will work on analyses of existing Unit datasets (observational studies/cohorts and randomised controlled trials) and develop new projects. They will be expected to introduce new ideas, perform analyses, and disseminate research results. In addition they will contribute to internal, national and international collaborations.

The post holder will work under the guidance of the Programme Leader and the Senior Scientist and will work collaboratively with other Investigators, research staff, scientific and technical teams within and external to the unit, as well as national and international collaborators. The successful candidate will be supported in their own development as a researcher, with a tailored personal development plan. They will be required to work flexibly, responding to research needs and opportunities as they arise.

The successful candidate will be educated to PhD level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject or due to complete doctoral studies within 6 months of applying. They will have proven experience of working in a research environment and managing confidential data, and training and experience in quantitative epidemiological methods. The successful candidate will also have proven oral and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

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 and randomised controlled trials, 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.

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 Sunday 3rd September 2017. Interviews will likely be held on Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Please contact the Prevention Programme's Senior Scientist, Dr Amy Ahern (; 01223 330315), for informal enquiries.

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 SJ12996 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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