Investigator Scientist

MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory

Fixed-Term, until 31 December 2018 initially

We seek to appoint an enthusiastic and talented 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 is to contribute to and assist with the progress, support and management of our research studies, with a focus on nutritional aspects, using existing data and samples from our array of research projects through the life course from different countries or from new initiatives, and working closely with the Group Leader and Senior Scientists in NBH and their collaborators. You will also be given the opportunity to develop your individual research direction within the remits of the NBH programme.

A central aspect of the role is to progress and finalise studies on the influence of diet, nutrition and HIV status during pregnancy and lactation in relation to bone health and other health outcomes for African women and their children. The current work is focussed in Uganda.  A proven track record in analysing human physiological data and biochemical data related to calcium-vitamin D-bone health is essential.

A postgraduate qualification (a PhD or in the final stages of completion) in a biological or medical science is a prerequisite. You will be based in Cambridge and will be expected to develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues at EWL, the University of Cambridge, other MRC Units, particularly MRCG at LSHTM, and our collaborators in Uganda and elsewhere. The work may require occasional trips to Africa to contribute to ongoing and new projects.  In return, we offer a highly attractive benefits package including 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays and privilege days, competitive salary, a defined benefit pension scheme and access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

This is a full-time position offered on a fixed-term contract December 31 2018 with the possibility of an extension to 31 December 2020.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Dr. Ann Prentice or Dr. Kate Ward

The MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory is a research institute within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found at

Please apply by email to Isobel Skinner, and attach your current CV and a covering letter.

Closing date: 21 June 2018
Interview date: 5 or 6 July 2018

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