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

Applications are invited for a Research Associate / Senior Research Associate position (depending on experience) 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 implementing the current research strategy including support for primary data collection, data management, designing, supervising and performing quantitative and qualitative analyses; regular liaison with internal and external collaborators; supervision or co-supervision of junior researchers and students as required; and write up and dissemination of research results. In addition, you will be expected to contribute to introducing and leading on new ideas and projects related to the further development of GDAR beyond the period of the initial NIHR funding. 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, including primary data collection and management of research collaborations, in diverse settings into population-level determinants of diet and /or physical activity, and experience of quantitative and qualitative data collection, data management and 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.

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 is 20 January 2019, with interviews to be held on 7 February 2019.

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).

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.

Appointment to the post of Senior Research Associate is subject to approval by the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.

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

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