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Technical Manager, Physical Activity Measurement

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint a Technical Manager for the Physical Activity Measurement Team at the MRC Epidemiology Unit. The Physical Activity Measurement Team provide expertise on measuring free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour using both self-report and objective measurement instruments, energy expenditure and cardiorespiratory fitness in both laboratory and field settings. The team is part of the Unit's Nutrition Measurement Platform providing expertise and capacity in four specialist areas, anthropometry, dietary assessment, nutritional biomarkers and physical activity measurement, supporting a range of national and international research.

The PA technical manager will hold responsibility for the day-to-day running and coordination of PA measurement projects, ensuring robust technical support and data processing and will provide line management for a small experienced team of research assistants. As part of the platform they will also develop resources, guidance and provide training for researchers, and collaborate with researchers and technologists on the implementation of new measurement instruments, and to support new applications and wide-scale implementation. The position will work closely with technical, support and academic colleagues to carry out the role including collaboration with a range of MRC Epidemiology Unit, local and international researchers.

The post-holder will be educated to degree or higher degree or equivalent and have an interest in health research, ideally with experience of working in a research environment and knowledge of PA assessment and methodology. Candidates will have advanced IT skills include software packages (Excel, STATA, R, Python) for data management, processing and/or analysis and experience in processing, cleaning and performing QA/QC checks on large-scale quantitative data. The successful candidate will offer strong project management skills and excellent interpersonal skills and will be a team player.

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 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.

Please contact Polly Page (,) for informal enquiries.

The closing date is 19nd February 2023 and interviews will likely be on 7 March 2023.

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