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Research Associate

University of Bristol - School of Psychological Science

Location: Bristol
Salary: £34,304 to £38,587 Per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 14th September 2021
Closes: 27th September 2021
Job Ref: ACAD105577

The role

We have an exciting new opportunity for a talented researcher to work on a project funded by Cancer Research UK ( to investigate predictors of smoking and e-cigarette use (vaping) among young adults, with the aim of informing future tobacco control and cancer prevention strategies.

The position will be based within the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (TARG:, part of the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol (IEU: The post will also have strong links with the Centre for Academic Mental Health (CAMH), the Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Programme (ICEP) and the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre.

What will you be doing?

The postholder will be responsible for planning and conducting statistical analyses, and be actively involved in disseminating the findings via publications and conferences. Over the course of the project the postholder will: 1) derive trajectories of smoking behaviours throughout adolescence and early adulthood, 2) identify participants who have transitioned from smoking to vaping or abstinence and investigate predictors of this transition, and 3) investigating the role of parental smoking on offspring smoking and vaping outcomes.

You should apply if

You should be interested in smoking and e-cigarette research, have a PhD (or equivalent research experience) in epidemiology, psychology or a closely related quantitative discipline, and experienced in the implementation of multiple epidemiological approaches, including Mendelian randomization.

Additional information

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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