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Clinical Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a part-time Clinical Senior Research Associate (0.2fte) to play a key role in developing the MRC Epidemiology Unit's portfolio of global health research.

The 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. Considerable progress has been made in characterizing the links between modifiable risk factors and incident disease in Caucasian populations but much less is known about these factors in populations outside of North America and Europe. Given that 80% of people with type 2 diabetes live in low and middle income countries, determining the links between modifiable risk factors and diabetes incidence in these populations is critical since it forms a key basis for the establishment of effective preventive policies. Study of the aetiological links is, however, limited by the paucity of studies in relevant settings. The post-holder will therefore play a key role in establishing a consortium of studies in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region with common protocols and phenotyping to allow for cross-cohort collaborative research. They will also work closely with the Director to contribute to the overall strategic direction of the Unit's portfolio of global health.

Working closely with the Director, 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 be clinically qualified to UK Consultant level with full GMC registration and 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 the MENA region, setting up cohort studies and links with relevant local investigators.

For an informal discussion please contact the Unit Director, Professor Nick Wareham ( Queries about the application process can be directed to Antonia Ciurea, HR Co-ordinator ( or 01223 769115).

Appointment to the post of Senior Research Associate is subject to approval by the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine. An honorary clinical contract will need to be in place at the start of appointment.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

This appointment requires an Honorary Clinical Contract.

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The closing date for applications is Thursday 19th September 2019 with interview date to be confirmed.

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 SJ20595 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.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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