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Research Fellow

Health Sciences
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,076 - 32,958 a year
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Role Description

The University of York is seeking to appoint a fixed-term (3 years) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, focused in the area of influencing food choice for health and resilience at the individual and household level and the implications for the resilience of the UK food system.

Responsibilities include conducting research under the supervision of Professor Kate Pickett and alongside the rest of the IKnowFood project team in developing tools to promote global food system resilience, with a specific focus on the UK. You will conduct quantitative and qualitative research, organise and manage workshop meetings, seminars and conferences, contribute to manuscript preparation and other research dissemination activities.   

Your specific tasks will include conducting (a) cross-sectional international comparative analyses using international data, (b) time series and longitudinal analyses within countries using household expenditure surveys and cohort studies, to determine if income inequality within developed societies is linked to over consumption, consumerism, waste and other characteristics of less resilient food economies. You will also investigate if concern for social rank/status competition is a key pathway between inequality and unsustainable versus resilient food behaviours. You will also be responsible for organising and managing project workshops, contributing to manuscript preparation and other research dissemination activities.

You will hold a PhD in Health sciences with experience in conducting advanced quantitative research using longitudinal data and multiple data sets (data linkage).  Knowledge of the psychosocial impact of inequality on individuals and society would be desirable.  You will be able to demonstrate highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media.

The post is available from 1st September 2017.  For informal queries about the position please contact Professor Kate Pickett at

Closing date 20 July 2017

Interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed

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