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Research Assistant (Part Time 0.6 FTE, Fixed Term)

CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge are offering an opportunity to join a vibrant research group at a leading university and to contribute to important public health research on study recruitment and retention. We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant with proven expertise in the collection and analysis of qualitative data, to work on the research project "Following adolescents into adulthood (FAIA): A qualitative study to investigate how to recruit and retain adolescents and young adults in longitudinal cohort studies". The project builds on our developing area of work investigating behaviour change throughout the transition from adolescence to adulthood. This qualitative work would inform how best to target, recruit and retain participants in a future cohort study and would include both older adolescents and young adults, both in and out of full time education.

Alongside a competitive salary, University staff are eligible for a comprehensive package of benefits and services including discounts on shopping, health care, financial services and public transport; defined benefits pension schemes; and tax-efficient bicycle, car lease and charity-giving schemes.

The post is available for 5 months at 0.6 FTE with an ideal start date of September 2018. The role is under the supervision and management of the Principal Investigator Dr Kirsten Corder and within the Behavioural Epidemiology Group, led by Dr Esther van Sluijs. Other collaborators on the project include Dr Stephanie Jong and Dr Eleanor Winpenny (both University of Cambridge). The post holder will be responsible for: the recruitment of participants across different population groups; conducting qualitative focus groups; conducting theoretically informed qualitative analysis of the data; preparation of one or more manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals; and dissemination of results to academic and non-academic stakeholders.

You will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) and have had training and/or experience in qualitative methods with a proven track-record of independent qualitative data collection and theoretical analysis, including recruiting participants, conducting focus groups, analysing the results from these, and writing these up for a variety of audiences. You will have good time management, oral and written communication skills, and skills in problem solving, managing your own workload, and meeting deadlines.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine, situated within the Institute of Metabolic Science on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, with its excellent public transport links to the historic city centre of Cambridge and its surrounding towns and villages. The Unit's 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), where the post holder will be based. You will be joining a vibrant and friendly team of researchers, within a world-class research environment, and a UK Centre of Excellence in Public Health Research, focused on developing an understanding of the population-level determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviours and on evaluating interventions that impact on these behaviours.

Please contact Dr Kirsten Corder ( with informal enquiries.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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 Sunday 22nd July and interviews are likely to be held on 30th July 2018.

Please quote reference SJ15973 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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