Postdoctoral Research Assistant ULEZ (1 year)

Queen Mary University of London - Blizard Institute

An international team, led by Professor Griffiths from the Blizard Institute, has been awarded a grant by NIHR Public Health Research to evaluate the impact of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone on children’s lung growth and respiratory health. The team is a collaboration across four major research centres: the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, the MRC PHE Centre in Environment and Health, the MRC Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, and the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. The study is a 4 year prospective parallel two arm cohort study, recruiting primary school children in Central London and Luton.

The post holder will establish and gather data from two cohorts of primary school children and parents in central London and Luton to evaluate the impact of air pollution on lung growth and respiratory health. They will be based in the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Whitechapel and will be expected to travel to the two study sites.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in public health or a health research related field (e.g., social science, physiology, psychology, medical sociology, epidemiology), with strong research skills, and an understanding of how to conduct complex health interventions within sensitive contexts. Experience of spirometry and of studies evaluating children’s respiratory health will be an advantage.

The post is full time and fixed term for 12 months, starting on 01 March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Starting salary will be in the range of £32,956 - £43,152 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Chris Griffiths, c.j.griffiths@qmul.ac.uk .

Details about the Centre can be found at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/blizard/research/centres/centre-for-primary-care-and-public-health

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 9 February 2018. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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The School of Medicine and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

The School of Medicine holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

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