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UKCTAS periodically employs research/administrative staff and funds PhD students.

Department: MRC Epidemiology Unit
Location: Cambridge
Category: Research
Hours: Full-time
Salary: £40,792-£51,630

Application Deadline: 28th November 2018

Senior Research Associate - Global Diet and Activity Research (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate position to play a key role in the Global Diet and Activity Research (GDAR) Group and Network, an initiative funded by NIHR and led by the MRC Epidemiology Unit. The GDAR initiative is being taken forward through a Cambridge-based Group, which builds on the internationally-recognised Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), and a Network of research partners in LMIC settings i.e. South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya and the Caribbean. The post holder will engage and support the research being conducted across the Network to drive the process of developing scientific outputs and to share expertise and realise synergies.

Under the overall direction of the GDAR Lead, you will play a significant role in developing the research strategy; introduce and lead on new ideas and projects; design, supervise and perform analyses; line-manage, supervise or co-supervise junior researchers and students as required; liaise regularly with internal and external collaborators; and disseminate research results. You will have post-doctoral experience in a relevant area, coupled with a significant publication record and scientific recognition in this area of research. Ideally you will have experience of research in diverse settings into population-level determinants of diet and /or physical activity, which will include the use of quantitative and / or qualitative data collection, data management and running analyses. Applicants with research interests relevant to any aspect of the GDAR research agenda are encouraged to apply.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance. The post is full-time but applications are welcome from those who would like to work flexibly. Appointment to Senior Research Associate is subject to Faculty Board approval.

For an informal discussion, please contact the GDAR Lead, Dr Nigel Unwin ( Queries about the application process can be directed to Antonia Ciurea, HR Coordinator ( or 01223 769115).

For more information about this position & to apply click here.

Job Title: Fully-funded PhD studentships
Location: Sheffield
Each studentship provides:
Home or international rate tuition fees for 4 years
An annual stipend for four years at Wellcome Trust rates
A generous training, research cost and travel fund
Hours: Full time, 4 years

Closing date: 5th December 2018

We are seeking high-calibre graduates from disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, health sciences, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, politics, economics, systems engineering, business studies or geography who want to make a difference in the area of population health.

This four year programme enables five of the most promising postgraduate students to undertake multidisciplinary, collaborative doctoral research in public health, economics, statistics and mathematical modelling. Generously funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Sheffield, our four-year PhD Programme in Public Health, Economics and Decision Science provides unique interdisciplinary training to equip graduates to be public health leaders and decision scientists of the future.

In their first year, students will have access to senior scientists and public health decision makers and take a range of self-selected taught modules to complement their existing skills. Health and social sciences graduates will develop advanced quantitative analytical skills and those with quantitative analytical degrees will receive training in public health. Rotations through three “research attachments” will allow students to experience research in multiple topic areas before finalising the topic of the PhD project they will complete during years two to four.

Chronic disease accounts for the majority of the global burden of disease. This burden can be reduced through well-targeted and co-ordinated public health policies. Public Health Decision Science explicitly seeks to identify the most effective and cost-effective prevention strategies to prioritise for action. This programme will prepare graduates for rewarding careers in academia, practice or policy or organisations allowing them to contribute to public health decision making to reduce the burden of disease in the UK and internationally.

There are five studentships available (three funded by the Wellcome Trust and two by the University of Sheffield). Applications are welcome from home/EU and international candidates.

Informal enquiries should be made to:

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