The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint a Senior Research Associate with an interest, experience, and expertise in dietary assessment, nutrition composition tables and application to nutritional epidemiology, particularly with a focus on population sub-groups in the United Kingdom and non-European populations globally.
This is a 3-year post based across the Unit's Nutritional Epidemiology programme and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Theme on Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle, working with other Unit, University and external collaborators.
The primary role of this post is to lead on the development, evaluation, and application of dietary assessment tools that are culturally appropriate for ethnic groups, focusing initially on South Asian populations in the UK and also in four South Asian countries i.e. India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The role will include aspects of both developmental work and implementation.
The candidate should hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and be experienced in using dietary assessment tools in large-scale epidemiological and public health studies. Required expertise will be on methodology of dietary assessment and its application in diverse populations, initially focusing on South Asians in the UK and South Asia.
The post will be suited for an experienced research nutritionist, public-health nutritionist or nutritional epidemiologist interested in health science research in populations with cultural and dietary diversity.
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 Unit benefits from a number of large-scale, cross programme epidemiological studies with detailed datasets allowing a wide range of research from genetics to public health. Highly experienced information teams and other specialist teams support the scientists in the delivery of their research aims.
Please contact Professor Nita Forouhi (Nita.Forouhi@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.
Appointment at Senior Research Associate level is subject to approval by the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.
The post is full-time but applications are welcome from those who would like to work flexibly.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years 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.
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The closing date is 8th November 2018. The interview date is TBC.
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