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Research Coordinator - Global Diet and Activity Research (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Coordinator to play a key role 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 the factors that lead to poor diet and physical inactivity, designing and evaluating interventions to change these factors and estimating their long term health and economic impacts.

The post-holder will work closely with the GDAR Lead to co-ordinate the portfolio of research and deliver objectives. They will establish and support communications across the Network and will contribute to promoting GDAR externally to multiple audiences. They will coordinate activities and information to ensure funder requirements are met and that research is conducted within budget and in compliance with high standards of research governance. The post-holder will also support new grant applications to enable a growing and sustainable portfolio of global public health research.

You will be educated to degree level (or equivalent), have experience of the research grant management lifecycle and some knowledge of research governance. Ideally you will have a PhD (or equivalent) or research experience. You will be a clear communicator with interpersonal skills, and able to build relationships with staff at all levels. You will be a skilled administrator with good organizational skills and attention to detail. Research management, communications and knowledge exchange are well established areas within the MRC Epidemiology Unit and support will be provided for the right candidate to grow and develop in the role.

This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to a new endeavor with the ambition to help prevent the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries through approaches that narrow inequalities, are economically affordable and sustainable.

For an informal discussion, please contact the GDAR Lead ( or the Unit Head of Strategic Projects ( Queries about the application process can be directed to Jenny Hunt, HR Coordinator ( or 01223 769115).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 May 2020 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 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 Sunday 21st January 2018 and interviews will be held on Monday 5th February and Tuesday 6th of February 2018.

Please quote reference SJ14300 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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