Research Assistant - Exploring the Nature of Local Authority Actions to Limit Proliferation of Hot Food Takeaways in England Fixed Term

University of Cambridge - MRC Epidemiology Unit

CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge are offering an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant research group at a leading university and contribute to important public health research on limiting proliferation of hot food takeaways. We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant with experience of systematic secondary data collation and synthesis. The post holder will work on the survey component of an exciting new public health research project "Exploring the nature and acceptability of local authority actions to restrict proliferation of hot food takeaways in England: preparation for a large-scale evaluation", funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research.

Alongside a competitive salary, University staff are eligible for a comprehensive package of benefits and services include discounts on shopping, healthcare, financial services and public transport. We also offer defined benefits pension schemes and tax-efficient bicycle, car lease and charity-giving schemes.

The post is available for 8 months, under the supervision and management of the Principal Investigators Dr Jean Adams and Dr Thomas Burgoine, and within the Evaluation of Population Dietary Interventions Programme, led by Dr Jean Adams. Other collaborators on the project include Prof Martin White University of Cambridge , Prof Steve Cummins London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine , and Prof Carolyn Summerbell University of Durham . The post holder will be expected to contribute to developing a detailed protocol for the work, to carry out a rigorous systematic survey of past, current and planned local authority planning action to limit the proliferation of hot food takeaways in England, and to help develop of a typology that both categorises and describes these approaches. This project builds on our internationally recognised, groundbreaking work on the impact of exposure to hot-food takeaways on diet and obesity.

You will be educated to undergraduate degree level or equivalent, and will have experience of secondary data collation and synthesis. You will have excellent time management and communication skills, with a proven track record of problem solving, managing your own workload and meeting deadlines.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine, situated within the Institute of Metabolic Science on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, with its excellent public transport links to the historic city centre of Cambridge and its surrounding towns and villages. The Unit's 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 MRC Epidemiology unit also hosts the UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research CEDAR , where the post holder will be based. You will be joining a vibrant and friendly team of researchers, within a world-class research environment, and a UK Centre of Excellence in Public Health Research, focused on developing an understanding of the population-level determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviours and on evaluating interventions that impact on these behaviours.

Please contact Dr Jean Adams or Dr Thomas Burgoine with informal enquiries.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 8 months in the first instance.

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The closing date for applications is the 23rd August 2017 with interviews likely to be held on 12th September 2017.

Please quote reference SJ12866 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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