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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

MRC Epidemiology Unit & Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Diet and Eating Behaviours across Early Adulthood Transitions (DEBEAT)

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work on a new cohort study which will investigate the development of diet and related health behaviours across the life transitions of early adulthood. This will be a 4-year position (until end September 2025), to start as soon as possible, based in the Behavioural Epidemiology and Interventions in Young People Programme at the MRC Epidemiology Unit. The successful candidate will play a central role in the design of this new cohort, developing and piloting methodology as well as conducting analysis to address research questions.

The DEBEAT study will recruit a cohort of 1,500 adolescents in their final year of school and follow them over the subsequent year to study changes in their diet and related health behaviours. It aims to under-stand how the changes in social environments, local food environments and time use as young people transition from school-level education to further education or employment influence the development of adult diet. You will work closely with the project lead, Dr Eleanor Winpenny, contributing to all stages of the research: study design, piloting, data collection, analysis, publication and presentation of findings.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline (or due to submit within 6 months of application). You will have a strong interest in understanding the determinants of diet and related health behaviours, and the tenacity to develop and manage a large study of a challenging population.

Starting date: As soon as possible, from October 2021.

For informal discussions please contact Dr Eleanor Winpenny by email:

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be, awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded (PhD needs to be awarded within 6 months of the start date)

The closing date for applications is Thursday 16th September 2021. Interviews will be held online on Mon-day 4th October 2021.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2025 in the first instance.

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