Research Assistant in Research for Health in Conflict

University of Cambridge is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in communicable diseases. The initial contract for this position is 24 months. The deadline for applying is October 21, 2018.

The University of Cambridge seeks to appoint a full-time Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Research in central Cambridge to work on an exciting new ESRC/DFID Global Challenges project, Research for Health in Conflict – Developing capability, partnerships and research in the Middle East and North Africa (

The aim of the project is to build research and policy capacity in conflict-affected areas of the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey), focusing on the political economy of health and complex non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as mental health and cancer. The project blends qualitative and quantitative methods and bridges the social, clinical and biomedical sciences. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment, and collaborate with scholars and policy makers in the fields of public health, economics, sociology, and development research.

We are looking for a social, clinical or biomedical scientist with a keen interest in investigating the determinants and consequences of public policies and recent conflicts on public health in the Middle East. The work will involve deploying – in collaboration with the project’s partners in the region – social surveys in each partner country to examine issues such as population and refugee health, access to health services, and public opinion on a variety of social welfare and social protection issues.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting research under the guidance of the project leader, liaising with project partners in academia, non-governmental organizations, and governments in the Middle East. The position requires frequent travel to partner countries and interaction with fellow researchers in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. It also requires attention to detail, and an ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team. You must have completed a PhD or be near to completing a PhD. You should have evidence of original research work in political economy, social epidemiology, sociology or a related discipline in the social, clinical or biomedical sciences. You must have advanced qualitative, ethnographic and analytical experience and skills. Experience in quantitative research would also be desirable. You will be fully encouraged to develop an independent research profile, to undertake further training in advanced research skills, and to author and co-author research papers, policy briefings and/or media articles.

Further information on the post may be found in the Further Particulars document attached to this vacancy. The salary will be in the range 26,243 – 30,395 p.a. for a Junior Research Fellow; and in the range 32,236 – 39,609 p.a. for a Research Fellow.

Enquiries about the project and research can be made to Dr Adam P. Coutts (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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