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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

We seek an exceptional research assistant to join a new Wellcome-funded research programme on behaviour change. The project is funded for four years starting in January 2018. The successful post-holder will work closely with the senior research team to help carry out 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.

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 assist in running laboratory and field 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 successful candidate will hold a degree in psychology or other relevant discipline or have equivalent experience. They will have the ability to work independently and as part of team along with excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and have experience of assisting in behavioural science research.

The role will involve a significant amount of travel across England, Scotland and Wales to participating sites which may require on occasion an overnight stay, dependent on location and timings. Therefore, a willingness and ability to undertake travel as a core part of the role is essential. The use of a car is desirable because effective running of the proposed field studies will involve visiting sites that may not be accessible by public transport.

The funds for this post are available until 31st December 2021

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, 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 Karen Vincent (

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: 18 March 2018

Interview Date: 27/28 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 SN14814 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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