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Department: Tobacco Control Research Group
Location: Bath, UK
Category: Research
Hours: Full-time/Part-time positions available
Salary: Various

Application Deadline: 2nd January 2019

Help us expose the tactics of the tobacco industry - Multiple roles available!

The Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath are now recruiting for new academic and professional staff roles to support our work researching and exposing the tactics of the tobacco industry.

The Stopping Tobacco Organisations and Products (STOP) is a brand new global tobacco industry watchdog based partly in the University of Bath alongside our partners:

Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, Thailand
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), Paris
Vital Strategies, New York

STOP brings together the global leaders in tobacco industry monitoring and research, advocacy, accountability and communication. This unique combination will help ensure our research is widely and effectively communicated and maximally impactful.

This new watchdog, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will build on the successful research of the University of Bath's Tobacco Control Research Group including its TobaccoTactics website. With focus on low and middle income countries, we will be extending the scale, geographic reach and responsiveness of our research.

You will join our Tobacco Control Research Group. We're globally recognised for our research on the tobacco industry. We're a dynamic, multidisciplinary research group, based in the Department for Health. You will also benefit from close collaboration with the School of Management and the Department of Social & Policy Sciences within the University as well as with our dynamic project partners.

For all inquiries please email

For more information and to see the roles available click here.

Job Title: Research Associate / Senior Research Associate – Global Diet and Activity Research
Location: Cambridge
Department: MRC Epidemiology Unit
Salary:: £32,236 to £39,609 or £40,792 to £51,630
Closing Date: 17 January 2019

Applications are invited for a Research Associate / Senior Research Associate position (depending on experience) 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 MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge and investigates the aetiology and prevention of obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. GDAR focuses on the prevention of non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries (LMICs) through understanding population-level determinants of diet and physical activity, evaluation of natural experiments and planned interventions and public health modelling to estimate the long term health effects of changes in determinants.

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 implementing the current research strategy including support for primary data collection, data management, designing, supervising and performing quantitative and qualitative analyses; regular liaison with internal and external collaborators; supervision or co-supervision of junior researchers and students as required; and write up and dissemination of research results. In addition, you will be expected to contribute to introducing and leading on new ideas and projects related to the further development of GDAR beyond the period of the initial NIHR funding. 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, including primary data collection and management of research collaborations, in diverse settings into population-level determinants of diet and /or physical activity, and experience of quantitative and qualitative data collection, data management and 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.

Informal enquiries should be made to: GDAR Lead, Dr Nigel Unwin (

Queries about the application process can be directed to Antonia Ciurea, HR Coordinator ( or 01223 769115).

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