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Research Associates: Transport and Health (Fixed Term) x4

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint four post-doctoral research associates in the area of transport and health modelling. These posts specialise in:

  • Urban geography and analytics
  • Health impact modeller
  • Traffic injury data and modelling
  • Urban transport and travel behaviours

These positions are based in the Unit's multidisciplinary Public Health Modelling team, and will be part of the European Research Council GLASST project. In GLASST we are developing city level health impact models of transport with a focus on lower and middle income countries, and integrating health impacts within transportation models. This is a ground-breaking project developing new methods across transport and health disciplines, and will attract people who are interested in being part of a team that is developing knowledge beyond the current state of the art.

The Public Health Modelling programme (PHM) develops transport and health simulation models and tools for research and policy. The PHM works closely with other programmes in the Unit to study the global public health challenge of obesity, type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders. 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. Highly experienced information teams and other specialist teams support the scientists in the delivery of their research aims.

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, car lease and charity-giving schemes.

The successful candidate will have or be close to achieving a PhD in a relevant discipline.

Please contact Dr James Woodcock ( for informal enquiries.

GLASST has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 817754).

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 basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.

The post is full-time but applications are welcome from those who would like to work flexibly.

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The closing date for applications is Friday 27th December 2019 with interviews expected to take place on 13th and 14th January 2020.

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 clearly state on your application which role you are applying for.

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 SJ21649 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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