Research Associate in Public Health Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), in partnership with the MRC Epidemiology Unit and Wolfson College, is seeking to appoint a 3 year Junior Research Fellow in Public Health Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa under The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme.

The successful candidate will be part of our exciting Fellowship Programme, aiming to unlock the potential of the University to partner with business, government and finance institutions on real-world challenges and opportunities that must be addressed in order to build a sustainable economy. The ambition is to foster new cross-disciplinary thinking on sustainability leading to practical insights, tools and recommendations for decision-makers to carry into their organisations alongside important advances in fundamental knowledge.

The Junior Research Fellow will develop and conduct research on developing targeted strategies for improving diets in the first 1,000 days of life in Sub-Saharan Africa. The details of the research plan will be developed by the Fellow through their membership of the MRC Epidemiology Unit which undertakes research on the aetiology and prevention of non-communicable disease ( Applications are welcome from researchers from any discipline with the ability to extend current knowledge and the aim to engage productively with business, government and other stakeholders.

The successful applicant will also become a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College ( Founded in 1965, Wolfson is a modern College that combines many Cambridge traditions with a friendly and egalitarian atmosphere. Our diverse community includes students from almost 90 different nationalities, ranging in age from 21 to 70+, and from all walks of life. Fellowship of Wolfson offers the opportunity to become involved in College life, and in particular in the recently established Wolfson interdisciplinary research hubs for Global Health and for Sustainability.

This post is full-time or part-time (minimum 80% FTE), and CISL is open to secondments or similar arrangements which accommodate existing commitments. From summer 2021 the Programme will be based at CISL's new premises in the centre of Cambridge, which will serve as a vibrant, collaborative atmosphere for transdisciplinary research, education, industry and policy engagement.

Please provide a full CV, cover letter, and an outline research proposal containing a 500-1,000 description with a 100-word summary intended for a general audience. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity on the basis of a secondment, please provide evidence of home institutional support.

The Junior Research Fellow is expected to have the following attributes:

  • Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge to design and execute research of a high standard;
  • The skills and experience to work independently and manage own workload with limited oversight, while also seeking to foster fruitful collaborations;
  • The ability to continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development;
  • The creativity and initiative to develop a new project and the intellectual energy and independent thinking necessary to deliver the research;
  • Clear enthusiasm for engaging flexibly and responsively to opportunities for impact.

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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