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MRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Young People's Activity Behaviour

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint a MRC Postdoctoral Fellow (training role) in Young People's Physical Activity Behaviour. We are looking for a researcher with good quantitative skills to interrogate large-scale data sets to study young people's activity behaviour.

This is a three-year fixed-term position based in the Unit's Behavioural Epidemiology Programme (Lead: Dr Esther van Sluijs), working closely with other groups in the Unit, the University and external collaborators. The primary role of this post is to inform intervention development through the study of levels, patterning, change, and determinants of activity behaviours in young people using large scale observational datasets such as the International Children's Accelerometry Database (ICAD). The post holder will identify research questions, conduct statistical analyses and lead on dissemination.

The successful candidate will have recently been awarded a PhD (or equivalent) in public health, epidemiology, or a closely-related field, or be due to complete doctoral studies within 3 months of applying. Applicants will also have good verbal and written communication skills and have demonstrable experience in interrogating large data sets. The successful candidate will also have good interpersonal skills and have demonstrable experience of working successfully independently and as a member of a team.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine and is situated within the Institute of Metabolic Science on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Its mission is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders and develop strategies for their prevention. The MRC Epidemiology Unit also hosts the UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), a Centre of Excellence in Public Health Research focusing on developing understanding about the population-level determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviours and on evaluating interventions that impact on these behaviours.

Please contact Esther van Sluijs ( for informal enquiries. If you have any questions about the application process please contact Jenny Hunt (

Fixed-term: 3 years.

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 Tuesday 3rd July 2018 and interviews are likely to be held on Monday 23rd July 2018.

Please quote reference SJ15773 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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