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Senior Research Associate - Global Diet and Activity Research (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate position to play a key role in the Global Diet and Activity Research (GDAR) Group and Network, an initiative funded by NIHR and led by the MRC Epidemiology Unit.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge and investigates the aetiology and prevention of obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. GDAR focuses on the prevention of non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries (LMICs) through understanding population-level determinants of diet and physical activity, evaluation of natural experiments and planned interventions and public health modelling to estimate the long term health effects of changes in determinants.

The GDAR initiative is being taken forward through a Cambridge-based Group, which builds on the internationally-recognised Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), and a Network of research partners in LMIC settings i.e. South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya and the Caribbean. The post holder will engage and support the research being conducted across the Network to drive the process of developing scientific outputs and to share expertise and realise synergies.

Under the overall direction of the GDAR Lead, you will play a significant role in developing the research strategy; introduce and lead on new ideas and projects; design, supervise and perform analyses; line-manage, supervise or co-supervise junior researchers and students as required; liaise regularly with internal and external collaborators; and disseminate research results. You will have post-doctoral experience in a relevant area, coupled with a significant publication record and scientific recognition in this area of research. Ideally you will have experience of research in diverse settings into population-level determinants of diet and /or physical activity, which will include the use of quantitative and / or qualitative data collection, data management and running analyses. Applicants with research interests relevant to any aspect of the GDAR research agenda are encouraged to apply.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

The post is full-time but applications are welcome from those who would like to work flexibly. Appointment to Senior Research Associate is subject to Faculty Board approval.

Appointment to Senior Research Associate is subject to Faculty Board approval.

For an informal discussion, please contact the GDAR Lead, Dr Nigel Unwin ( Queries about the application process can be directed to Antonia Ciurea, HR Coordinator ( or 01223 769115).

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.

The closing date for applications is 28th November 2018 and interviews will be held on either the 13 or 19 December 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 email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SJ17234 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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