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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

The Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU) is an established policy research unit specialising in behaviour and health. Our research focuses on four sets of behaviours: alcohol consumption, diet, physical activity and smoking, which together contribute to most of the deaths worldwide that occur as a result of non-communicable diseases. In addition, we have four themes that cut across our work: physical environments, economic environments, health inequalities, and public acceptability of government intervention to change behaviour.

We are now seeking to appoint an enthusiastic researcher to assist in conducting research aimed at changing health-related behaviour in populations.

The successful candidate will:

  • Assist in running a range of studies being conducted by the Behaviour and Health Research Unit likely including:

  • a laboratory study designed to evaluate the impact of altering the availability of healthier and less healthy food on food choice

  • a field study designed to evaluate the impact of altering the default choice in worksite cafeterias
  • other studies depending on workload and need in the team

The ideal candidate will have a degree in psychology or other relevant discipline or equivalent qualifications or experience. They will be able to communicate effectively with colleagues and collaborators and work effectively with team members from a range of disciplines, including psychology and nutritional science.

Please note that this may involve some evening or weekend working as part of running study sessions.

The funds for these posts are available until 31st December 2018

Location Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Rachel Pechey (

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.

Closing date: 5th March 2018

Interview Date: 14th March 2018

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 include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SN14729 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Further information

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