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Research Associate (short term impacts of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy 'soda tax') (Fixed Term)


The Centre for Diet & Activity Research (CEDAR) at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral Research Associate with experience in quantitative research methods to contribute to an evaluation of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy ('sugar tax'). This is a unique and exciting opportunity to contribute to internationally important dietary public health research at a world-leading university. The project, funded by the National Institute of Health Research's Public Health Research Programme is a collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The post-holder will contribute to evaluation of the impact of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy on soft drink purchasing and consumption, childhood obesity, and dental health. Using natural experimental approaches, these analyses will make use of existing data from Kantar WorldPanel, the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, the National Childhood Measurement Programme, and Hospital Episodes Statistics. You will also contribute to quantitative analyses of national survey data that we will collect specifically for the project on evolving attitudes to sugar, sugary drinks and the levy.

This four year post is under the supervision and management of the Principal Investigator, Prof Martin White, and the Work Package leads, Drs Jean Adams and Oliver Mytton. The post holder will be expected to develop detailed protocols for their work, negotiate access to relevant data, analyse this data using appropriate methods (likely to include interrupted time-series analysis), prepare manuscripts and disseminate results to the public and scientific peers.

You will be educated to PhD level in a relevant subject or due to complete doctoral studies within 3 months of applying. You will have wide experience of multivariable analysis methods and preferably experience of using interrupted time-series analysis (or related methods) to conduct natural experimental evaluations. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including fluency in English; a proven interest in dietary public health; skills in working independently to solve problems; and have experience of presenting scientific work, and working collaboratively as a member of a 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 MRC Epidemiology Unit hosts the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence focusing on developing understanding about the population-level determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviours and on evaluating interventions that impact on these behaviours.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

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The closing date for applications is the 29th October 2017 with interviews likely to take place on 8th November 2017.

Please quote reference SJ13425 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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