Research Fellow / Computer Modeller

University of Aberdeen - School of Biological Sciences (but based at UCL in London)

Five postdoctoral research posts are now available for suitably-qualified researchers to join the Wellcome Trust funded project Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS). This project is a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University College London (UCL), the University of Aberdeen and several other institutions in London, along with our collaborators in South Africa (UKZN, Durban) and India (PHFI, Delhi).

The overarching objective of the Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) programme is to provide policy makers with novel, interdisciplinary scientific evidence to define future food systems policies that deliver nutritious and healthy foods in an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable manner. The project comprises two linked research components: (1) Data gathering, analysis and scenario modelling, using a variety of statistical, analytical and experimental methods to identify key interactions at the global, regional and national level, including collecting new, integrated data in diverse sites in India and South Africa. Analysis of local evidence, informed by work with secondary data, will enable a granular understanding of the local realities of the food -environment-health nexus. (2) Policy design and evaluation. SHEFS will characterise the policy context in which food systems operate in low and middle-income country settings, and identify food system policy options with the potential to improve population health and reduce environmental impacts.

The successful Research Fellow for this post will undertake research using sustainability indicators and environmental models to understand the impacts of food systems on the environment, specifically on climate, water quality and quantity, and biodiversity. The role holder will contribute to the project Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS), which is funded by the Wellcome Trust. The project aims to explore the interactions between environment, food systems and health. The role holder will combine and improve existing estimates of the environmental sustainability of major food products in South African and Indian diets (including domestic and imported products). The researcher will link this work with local data collection on food consumption, origin, and production. The role holder will collaboratively write-up research for publication in international, peer-reviewed journals.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 scale (£32,548 - £36,613 per annum), with placement according to qualifications and experience.

As this post is externally funded by the Wellcome Trust it is available for three years. The successful candidate will be based at University College London (UCL).

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Pete Smith, e-mail:

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Marian Elliott-Jones, HR Adviser, for further information.

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The closing date for the receipt of applications is 27 October 2017

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