Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Oceans and Human Health

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School

European Centre for Environment and Human Health

This full time post is available from 1 December 2017 for 18 months.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the EU-wide Horizon 2020-funded ‘Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE): a Strategic Research Agenda for Europe and Beyond’ project. SOPHIE is concerned with identifying the risks and benefits to population health from interacting with the marine environment and working with key stakeholders and the public to identify unanswered questions and areas for new research linking the marine environment and public health.

The current post has two key roles, to support: a) a synthesis of current evidence and policies on human health and the marine environment; and b) the development and analysis of data from a pan-European survey on citizen beliefs and attitudes towards the health risks and benefits of marine environments. The post-holder will join a multi-disciplinary team on the project including (evidence synthesis, psychology, epidemiology, and environmental/health economics) based at the University of Exeter Truro Campus (Cornwall, UK). There will also be a 0.5 FTE project manager and a full time PhD student working alongside the team for the duration.

All candidates must have a PhD in evidence synthesis, psychology, sociology, epidemiology, health research, or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research experience and knowledge. You will have knowledge and experience of a range of research methods including systematic review and evidence synthesis and/or analysis and interpretation of large datasets, and public surveys. Experience in research design and analysis in the domain of health, wellbeing and/or the environment is desirable. Due to the time-limited nature of the project the ideal candidate will already have many of the essential and desirable skills as there will be limited opportunity for new training.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

Starting salary will be determined by experience, research activities, publications and grant income and will be clarified following interview.

For further information please contact Dr Ruth Garside, e-mail or telephone (01872) 258131.

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The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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