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Senior Research Associate (Global Diet and Activity Research Group) (Fixed Term) x 2


Applications are invited for two Senior Research Associate positions to play key roles in developing the Global Diet and Activity Research (GDAR) Group and Network, a new initiative funded by NIHR and led by the MRC Epidemiology Unit.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge and investigates the aetiology and prevention of obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. GDAR focuses on the prevention of non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries (LMICs) through understanding population-level determinants of diet and physical activity, evaluation of natural experiments and planned interventions and public health modelling to estimate the long term health effects of changes in determinants.

The GDAR initiative is being taken forward through a Cambridge-based Group, which builds on the internationally-recognised Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), and a Network of research partners in LMIC settings, currently South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya and the Caribbean. The post holder will develop and deliver their own area of research relevant to GDAR, engage and support with research being conducted across the Network to share expertise and realise synergies, and provide a link to connect investments in Cambridge with the GDAR Network.

Under the overall direction of the GDAR Lead, you will play a significant role in developing the research strategy; introduce and lead on new ideas and projects; design, supervise and perform analyses; line-manage, supervise or co-supervise junior researchers and students as required; liaise regularly with internal and external collaborators; and disseminate research results. You will have post-doctoral experience in a relevant area, coupled with a significant publication record and scientific recognition in this area of research. Ideally you will have experience of research into population-level determinants of diet and /or physical activity or have experience in evaluating interventions, particularly natural experiments but applicants with research interests relevant to any aspect of the GDAR research agenda will be considered.

For an informal discussion, please contact the GDAR Lead, Dr Nigel Unwin (nigel.unwin@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk). Queries about the application process can be directed to Jenny Hunt, HR Coordinator (HR@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk or 01223 769115).

Appointment to the post of Senior Research Associate is subject to approval by the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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 7th January 2018, with interviews likely to take place on Tuesday 23rd January 2018.

Please quote reference SJ14239 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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