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Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoc position in social sciences at University of Cambridge. The deadline to apply is September 18, 2019.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate with a background in psychology or social science and an interest in human health and behaviour.

The successful candidate will take a lead role in designing and conducting mixed methods research as part of an NIHR PGfAR-funded programme developing and evaluating scalable behavioural weight management programmes for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.

We are looking for someone dedicated, curious about human health and experience, and capable of working responsively to research needs and opportunities as they arise over the course of the project. The successful applicant will be educated to PhD level in a relevant subject or be due to complete doctoral studies within 3 months of applying.

The successful candidate will join a friendly and supportive team, led by Dr Amy Ahern and Professor Simon Griffin. This is a collaborative project across several institutions and different disciplines and there will be lots of opportunities for collaboration with other Investigators and research staff within and external to the Unit, as well as NHS and industry stakeholders. There is a strong focus on Patient and Public Involvement in this programme and the postholder will be encouraged to work with our Patient User Group panel to find creative ways to ensure that the patient voice informs this research and its dissemination.

The postholder will be well supported in their professional development, with opportunities for developing skills and knowledge. For instance, in addition to support from the lead Investigators (Amy Ahern and Simon Griffin), they will receive regular personal mentorship from Co-Investigator Dr Robbie Duschinsky (Head of the Applied Social Science Group in the Primary Care Unit), to help them with their work and development. The Investigators will work with the postholder to develop a bespoke training and development plan that will focus on the skills and experience they need to make the most of the opportunities afforded by the project and to progress their career.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 2 April 2022 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The post is full-time but applications are welcome from those who would like to work flexibly.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 18th September 2019 with interviews taking place on either the 2nd or 4th October 2019.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager

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


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