Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care, The Primary Care Unit

We seek an exceptional research assistant to join a new Wellcome-funded research programme on behaviour change. The project is funded for four years starting in January 2018. The successful post-holder will work closely with the senior research team to help carry out an agreed programme of research across the collaborating institutions of the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol and the multitude of sites in which field studies will be conducted, including Australia, as well as England, Scotland and Wales. 

The research programme is novel in that we have obtained access to three unique settings for the purpose of carrying out field studies, including supermarkets, bars and cafeterias. The post-holder will assist in running laboratory and field studies examining the impact of 'choice architecture' interventions to promote healthier behaviour. Initial studies include those examining the impact of (a) size and shape of tableware on consumption of food, (b) availability of healthier versus less healthier foods in supermarkets on selection of food, and (c) size of cigarette packs on consumption of tobacco. The role will involve a significant amount of travel across England, Scotland and Wales to participating sites which may require on occasion an overnight stay, dependent on location and timings. Therefore, a willingness and ability to undertake travel as a core part of the role is essential. A full driving license is desirable but not essential.  The use of a car is desirable because effective running of the proposed field studies will involve visiting sites that may not be accessible by public transport.

Candidates should have a degree in psychology or other relevant discipline or have equivalent experience.  It is essential that you have experience of assisting in behavioural science research; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to work to deadlines and raise and/or escalate issues as and when is needed.  You will also have excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, computer literacy and experience of assisting in behavioural science research.

This role requires a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Any offer of employment we make to you will be conditional upon the satisfactory completion of this check. The nature of this role means that the successful candidate may also need to undergo a health assessment.

The funds for this post are available until 31st December 2021

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Forvie Site, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, CB2 0SR (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Dame Theresa Marteau (

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Closing date: 29 October 2017

Interview Date: 8 November 2017

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application.  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 quote reference SN13480 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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