Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint a Research Associate.

This position is based in the Unit's Global Diet and Activity Research Group (GDAR). GDAR adopts a transdisciplinary approach to co-design and co-produce urban health research for healthy sustainable cities that prevent diet and activity related noncommunicable disease. GDAR partners are based in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Jamaica, Brazil and Kenya.

The primary role of this post is to support the implementation of research protocols, facilitate data collection and analyses (quantitative and qualitative) and to lead on and assist with the drafting of manuscripts for publication.

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.

The successful candidate will be educated to PhD level in a relevant subject or due to complete doctoral studies within 6 months of applying. Applicants will have proven skills in designing, managing and delivering collaborative research, and be experienced in policy analysis and complex systems approaches. Applicants will have previous experience of working with collaborators in other disciplines and with policy and community actors.

Please note, appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD by the start date will be appointed as Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38). Upon award of their PhD, the individual will be appointed to Research Associate (Grade 7, Point 41).

This is a fixed-term position for 1 year.

Please contact Tolu Oni ( or Louise Foley ( for informal enquiries.

The closing date is 26th November 2023, and interviews will likely be held on 6th December 2023.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £31,411) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV 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 email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager

Please quote reference SJ39396 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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