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Research Assistant/Associate - Global Health Epidemiologist (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,243 to £39,609 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd August 2019
Closes: 29th September 2019
Job Ref: RH19343

Research Assistant - £26,243 - £30,395 per annum 

Research Associate* - £32,236 - £39,609 per annum 

We are currently seeking a talented, ambitious and highly motivated early-career researcher in Global Health Epidemiology to join our team at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (CEU) at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care (DPHPC). 

The successful candidate will join the Global Health Group (led by Dr Rajiv Chowdhury), which aims to investigate risk factors for non-communicable diseases (e.g. cardiovascular and metabolic diseases) in South Asia. The Global Health Group leads several large scale cohort studies in Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The post-holder will primarily assist with the Cambridge Programme to Assist Bangladesh in Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Reduction (CAPABLE), which is an ongoing initiative funded by the MRC UKRI, which aims to 1) build a cohort study of 150,000 people for non-communicable disease research (the BELIEVE cohort study) and 2) build research capacity through training courses and a fellowship scheme.  

The candidate will help the PIs in defining the direction of scientific work, conducting research, analysing data, preparing the work for publication and disseminating results. The work of the post-holder is expected to lead to high-impact publications. An ideal candidate should have a keen career interest in global health and related epidemiology/public health research, and have an outstanding academic track record. 

The post-holder will be educated to degree level with a MSc or a PhD in a relevant scientific field (eg epidemiology or public health) or have equivalent qualifications or have relevant equivalent experience.  They will have knowledge of general principles of epidemiology and biostatistics and should have a keen career interest in global health and related epidemiology/public health research along with an outstanding academic track record.

The post-holder will work in an interdisciplinary team with colleagues in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, as well as other collaborating departments of the University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Aberdeen and several partner institutions in Bangladesh. 

The funds for this post is until 31 December 2021. 

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre). 

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Rajiv Chowdhury at 

*Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience is recognised), including those who have submitted but not received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded or submitted appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded. If an individual has not submitted a PhD or is not working towards one they could be appointed as a Research Assistant if they have either a degree (degree and/or Masters) in a relevant area or equivalent experience.* 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Closing date: 29 September 2019 

Interview Date: w/c 7 October 2019 

Please quote reference RH19343 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. 

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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