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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)


The MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge are offering an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to join a vibrant research group at a leading university and contribute to important nutritional research. 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 post is part of the Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle research theme of the Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) which is led by Prof Nick Wareham, Director of the MRC Epidemiology Unit.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work on an Academy of Medical Sciences funded project on the effects of types of fruits and vegetables on vascular function. The CIRCUS study is a randomized controlled, crossover dietary intervention study of 9 weeks in total to investigate if higher intakes of types of fruits and vegetables, specifically citrus fruits and cruciferous vegetables, improve blood pressure and other indicators of vascular health in 36 prehypertensive participants. Participants are provided with all foods and snacks during the study via an online supermarket. The trial is ethically approved and the first group of participants has successfully finished the dietary intervention. The postholder will be expected to carry out recruitment of a second group of participants, to conduct screening and intervention measurements, and processing of samples in the laboratory. In addition, the post holder will be responsible for communication with participants, logistics and administrative tasks of the trial.

This post is a full-time, fixed term contract for 12 months, under the supervision and management of the Principal Investigator Dr Linda Oude Griep. This project is in collaboration with Imperial College London, collaborators on the project include Prof Gary Frost (Nutrition and Dietetics) and Prof Paul Elliot (Epidemiology and Public Health). The screening and intervention measurements and trial will be conducted at the NIHR Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at Hammersmith Hospital in London. The post holder will be working as a visiting researcher based at the Hammersmith Campus in London and will occasionally visit the MRC Epidemiology Unit for meetings, situated within the Institute of Metabolic Science on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in Cambridge.

The successful candidate will have an MSc (or equivalent) in Nutrition or an MRes (or equivalent) in Clinical Research with focus on nutrition research or equivalent and relevant practical experience. Alongside this we are looking for candidates with proven good communication and problem solving skills and with an interest in working with participants and in the field of nutrition research. This is an excellent opportunity to work with internationally leading researchers in a key supporting role.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or application process, please contact Dr Linda Oude Griep (Linda.OudeGriep@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk).

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 28th August 2018 and interviews are likely to be held on Wednesday 12th September 2018.

Please quote reference SJ16317 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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