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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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.

This position is based in the Unit's Global Diet and Physical Activity group ( and forms part of the NIHR-funded Global Diet and Activity Research (GDAR) ( Network. GDAR addresses the rising non-communicable disease (NCD) burden in low- and middle-income countries with a focus on food & built environment determinants of diet and physical activity.

We are seeking to appoint a full-time Research Associate or Senior Research Associate for the GDARSpaces project. GDARSpaces aims to better understand urbanisation and climate-change (syndemic)-related NCD hazards, through a programme of thematically related studies. The project will inform the design of resilient food & built environment interventions that support healthy eating and active living in cities in low- and middle-income countries.

You will be expected to play a significant role in implementation of the research agenda; and to provide the intellectual energy and independent thinking necessary to deliver the research. You will play a major role in implementing the overall aims and success of the group in consultation with the Programme Lead and researchers. 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.

You will have a PhD qualification in public health or related fields and ideally have some postdoctoral research experience. You will have proven skills in public health research and advanced skills in qualitative and transdisciplinary participatory research methods. You will have expertise in evidence synthesis, policy analysis and experience of conducting community-based research in low- and middle-income settings. You may also have experience of conducting quantitative and spatial epidemiology research.

This is a fixed-term position for 4 years, from 01 November 2021.

Please contact Tolu Oni for informal enquiries.

Closing date: 15 August 2021

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

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Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

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