Research Assistant/Associate in Research for Health in Conflict (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research

The University of Cambridge seeks to appoint a full-time Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Research in central Cambridge to work on an exciting new ESRC/DfID Global Challenges project, Research for Health in Conflict : Developing capability, partnerships and research in the Middle and Near East.

The project is multidisciplinary and involves partners across the university, in Sociology, Psychology, the Centre for Business Research and the Centre for Science and Policy. The overall aim is to build research and policy capacity in conflict-affected areas of the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey) focusing on the political economy of health and complex non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as mental health and cancer. The project blends qualitative and quantitative methods and bridges the social and clinical sciences. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment, and collaborate with scholars and policy makers in the fields of public health, economics, sociology, and development research.

We are looking for a quantitative social scientist with a keen interest to investigate the determinants and consequences of public policies and recent conflicts on public health in the Middle East. This involves deploying - in collaboration with the project's partners in the region - social surveys in each partner country to examine issues such as population and refugee health, access to health services, and public opinion on a variety of social welfare and social protection issues. It will also involve conducting political economy audit and analyses of the Lebanese, Jordanian and Turkish health systems. The aim: to build a unique database and network that enables researchers and policy decision makers to develop a better understanding of the political economy of health in the Middle East.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting research under the guidance of the project leader, liaising with project partners in academia, non-governmental organizations, and governments in the Middle East, and assisting in the organization of workshops or conferences. The position requires frequent travel to partner countries and interaction with fellow researchers in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. It also requires attention to detail, and an ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team. You must have a completed a PhD or be near to completing a PhD to be eligible for appointment as a Research Fellow. You should have evidence of original research work in political economy, social epidemiology and/or sociology. Arabic language skills and experience of living and working in the partner countries (Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey) are highly desirable. In addition, you must have advanced quantitative and analytical skills, experience in dealing with large datasets, and in using software such as R, SPSS, or STATA. You will be fully encouraged to develop an independent research profile and advanced research skills. You will also be encouraged to author and co-author research papers, policy briefings and/or media articles.

Further information on the post may be found in the Further Particulars document attached to this vacancy. The salary will be in the range £25,728 - £30,688 p.a. for a Junior Research Fellow; and in the range £31,604 - £38,833 p.a. for a Research Fellow.

The closing date for applications is 13 May 2018 and interviews are anticipated by the end of May.

The first six months of the post will be probationary.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance, starting as soon as possible.

Enquiries about the project and research can be made to Dr Adam P. Coutts (

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo Tier 2/5 new starter payslip.

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