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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

*NB: The status of Senior Research Associate is awarded on the basis of individual merit and may be awarded to the successful candidate if approved by the Faculty Board of the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

We seek a talented health researcher to join a new Wellcome funded work programme on behaviour change. The project is funded for four years starting in January 2018. The successful post-holder will carry out and develop an agreed programme of research across the collaborating institutions of the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol and the multitude of sites in which field studies will be conducted including Melbourne (Australia), as well as England, Scotland and Wales. This collaboration provides an exceptional opportunity for a researcher who intends to pursue a career in designing and developing interventions, using laboratory and field studies, working with leading UK and overseas researchers in this area.

The research programme is novel in that we have obtained access to three unique settings for the purpose of carrying out field studies, including supermarkets, bars and cafeterias. The post-holder will run studies examining the impact of 'choice architecture' interventions to promote healthier behaviour. Initial studies include those examining the impact of (a) size and shape of tableware on consumption of food, (b) availability of healthier versus less healthier foods in supermarkets on selection of food, and (c) size of cigarette packs on consumption of tobacco. The post-holder will lead, develop and assist with the running of laboratory and field studies, which will typically be large-scale and in real-world settings. Demonstrable experience in this area is therefore essential.

Main duties and responsibilities of the job

Leading on the day-to-day running of the research will involve liaising with collaborators, finalizing study protocols and ensuring fidelity to protocol in the execution of the studies. You will also oversee research assistants and, where appropriate, assist in data collection. You will work closely with the Project Manager in overseeing research governance, and prepare study protocols and drafts of manuscripts reporting findings, with a view to first authorship. You will also lead in preparing dissemination plans for each output, and lead the fortnightly team meetings for each active study.

Candidates should have a good first degree in psychology, geography, sociology, economics or another related disciplines and a PhD in psychology or related discipline or have equivalent experience. It is essential that you have skills in (a) quantitative research (b) writing for peer-reviewed publications.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD or equivalent experience is recognised

Funds for this post are available until 31st December 2021

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Robinson Way, Forvie Site, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor DameTheresa Marteau (

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Closing date: 29 October 2017

Interviews: 7 November 2017

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 SN13477 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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