Senior Research Associate - CUSSH project

University College London - Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology

An opening exists for an experienced and enthusiastic researcher to work on an exciting new Wellcome-funded collaborative award ‘Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH)’. The CUSSH Consortium is led by University College London and consists of 12 other UK and overseas research partners. This post will lead the behavioural science input to this multidisciplinary project. The aim of CUSSH is to develop critical evidence on how to achieve the far-reaching transformation of cities needed to address vital environmental imperatives for population and planetary health in the 21st century. The project will use cutting-edge science and systems-based participatory methods to articulate visions of development, help shape policy decisions, and accelerate the implementation of transformational changes for health and sustainability in low, middle and high income settings. More details about the project will be provided to the shortlisted applicants.

The project will collect data across six sites, two in China, two in Africa and two in Europe.  International travel will therefore be an essential part of the job.

The post holder will be based at UCL and accountable to Professor Susan Michie, Director of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change.

The post is funded for 48 months from the project start date in the first instance.

You should have excellent research, research management and communication skills. Applicants should have a 2.1 (or higher) in Psychology or related subject and a PhD in Psychology, Behavioural Science or a closely related field, or equivalent research experience.

You should have a good knowledge of behavioural science evidence, methods and theory and be able to apply this to a wide range of topics. You will have demonstrated expertise in using both qualitative and quantitative methods. You should be an enthusiastic, efficient and responsive individual who has experience of establishing collaborative links in multi-disciplinary and multi-centre projects.

You should have strong practical problem-solving skills and an ability to rapidly build rapport with academic collaborators, policy makers, third sector, as well as the public. You will have a proven record of effectively managing multiple work-streams, and developing streamlined processes as and when required according to the demands of the project. You should have a proven record of managing research projects, independent work and excellent organisational skills. You should have a proven record of advanced communication skills, both in oral presentations and in project reports and peer-review publications.

UCL vacancy reference: 1707776

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact  Prof Susan Michie, s.michie@ucl.ac.uk (+44 (0)207 679 5930).

Closing Date: 12 February 2018

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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