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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)


The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant in Public Health Modelling.

This position is based in the Unit's Public Health Modelling team. The primary role of this post is to support the work of the Public Health Modelling programme in cleaning and analysing travel survey and road traffic injury data (including with GIS methods), and assisting with the development of our health impact models (primarily in R).

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

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.

The successful candidate will have (or be about to complete) a qualification in a relevant subject at postgraduate level. Applicants will have proven programming and quantitative skills (including with GIS methods), and an understanding of the complex relationships between transport, the built environment, and health. Experience in health impact modelling (or assessment) and of working with travel survey and/or traffic injury data is desirable.

Please contact Dr James Woodcock (jw745@cam.ac.uk, +44 1223 91 1931) for informal enquiries

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 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.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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The closing date for applications is Monday 2nd September 2019 with interviews taking place Wednesday 18th September.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter 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 e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager

Please quote reference SJ20271 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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