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PhD Studentship

Hosted by: Centre for Diet & Activity Research (CEDAR)
Contract: Full Time
Funded by: PHE & ESRC
Department: MRC Epidemiology Unit

Closing date: 07/06/2017

Interviews: 20/06/2017

For more information about this role and to apply click on the link below

The impact of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy on the extent and nature of soft drinks marketing in the UK

A PhD studentship is available in the Centre for Diet & Activity Research (CEDAR) at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge. The studentship will focus on exploring the impact of the planned UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy on the extent and nature of soft drinks marketing. A number of potential projects under this heading are possible and the successful candidate will work with the supervisors to determine which combination of these is most appropriate. Potential projects include using both existing and new data, and quantitative and qualitative methods. A small amount of funds may be available to purchase commercial data. The studentship will take place alongside a much larger evaluation of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy.

The studentship will commence in October 2017. This is a 3-year position for those who have a Masters degree, or equivalent training, in an appropriate scientific discipline. We provide diverse training opportunities for all aspects of research and for transferable academic and generic skills. The academic requirement for entry is a first or upper second class degree or equivalent.

To apply, please send a full CV; a covering letter describing your funding eligibility status, and your interest in and suitability for this studentship; and contact details for two academic referees to Applications missing any of the above components will not be considered.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Jean Adams ( and/or Prof Martin White ( to discuss their application in advance of submission.

NIHR School for Primary Care Research Studentship

Contract: 3-years Full Time
Division: Health Behaviours Team
Department: Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
Salary Range:
£16,000/year plus a small allowance for research expenses and training

Closing date: 26/05/2017

Developing and testing peer-led interventions to promote switching from smoking to vaping

Applications are invited from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in behavioural or primary care research. The student will join the thriving Health Behaviours team in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences who are working on range of interventions to support harm reduction and smoking cessation.

The project: The rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes (‘e-cigarettes’) in recent years has been accompanied by a growth in the number of virtual ‘vaper’ communities, with people sharing their advice and experiences of e-cigarettes with peers on internet support groups and discussion forums, many of which address ways of reducing or stopping smoking. The rise of peer to peer support is unique to e-cigarettes; no other means of stopping or reducing smoking attracts such passionate engagement from members of the public. This raises the possibility that we could better harness this peer support to enable more people to reduce or stop smoking using e-cigarettes and this project examines this.

Supervisors: Dr Rachna Begh and Professor Paul Aveyard and Dr John Powell
Interested applicants should, in the first instance, discuss their interest with Dr Rachna Begh at and attach a CV.

Thereafter students will apply to the University of Oxford using the general online application for the programme title DPhil in Primary Health Care.

Previous Vacancies

Research Associate in Digital Behaviour Change

Reference: 1629138
Contract: Grade 7 - Full Time
Department: Centre for Behaviour Change

Closed: 16th March 2017

Managing Editor (maternity cover)

Reference: 126056
Stipend: Grade 7: £31,076 - £38,183 p.a.
Department: Primary Care Health Sciences
Group: Cochrane Tobacco Review Group

Closed: 16-Nov-2016

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Reference: DC4046R
Group: Tobacco Control Research Group
Department: Department of Health
Salary: £31,656, rising to £37,768

Closed: 10th July 2016