Investigator Scientist

MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory

Fixed-term, until 31/12/18

We are looking for an Investigator Scientist to join the MRC Nutrition and Bone Health Group (NBH) led by Dr Ann Prentice based at the MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory, Cambridge, and MRC Keneba, MRC Unit The Gambia.

The overall aim of NBH is to identify nutrition and lifestyle strategies for the optimisation of bone health, particularly in respect to peak bone mass development and the reduction of osteoporosis and rickets risk, within the wider context of human nutrient requirements and nutrition policy for developed and developing countries. Ongoing studies involve children, adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, and older people in Britain, The Gambia, South Africa, Uganda and elsewhere.

The purpose of this post is to contribute to and assist with the support and management of our research studies in The Gambia, working closely with the Group Leader and Senior Scientists in NBH. This will require regular trips to The Gambia to contribute to ongoing and new CDBH projects. Using existing data from our array of research projects through the life course or from new initiatives, you will also be given the opportunity to develop their individual research direction within the remits of the NBH programme.

A postgraduate qualification (PhD or equivalent) in a biological or medical science is a prerequisite. This post requires previous experience in a discipline closely aligned to nutritional physiology and experience of overseas travel and working in different cultures, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa. You must have a proven ability in a range of relevant research skills, particularly project management. A central aspect of the role is to oversee and work with instruments used for bone imaging, muscle function and body composition (e.g. DXA, pQCT, jumping mechanography) and prior experience of such techniques is desirable. Candidates must have excellent communication skills, the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment across multiple sites and be prepared to spend time working away from Cambridge.

This is a full-time position offered on a fixed-term contract until December 31 2018. 

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Dr. Ann Prentice ann.prentice@mrc-ewl.cam.ac.uk or Dr Kate Ward kate.ward@mrc-ewl.cam.ac.uk

Please apply by email to Isobel Skinner, isobel.skinner@mrc-ewl.cam.ac.uk and attach your current CV and a covering letter.

Closing date: 19th December 2017
Interview date: January 2018

Final appointments will be subject to a pre-employment screening

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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