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Research Associate

Health Sciences
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University of York
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Fixed term
32,817 to 40,322 a year
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The Department of Health Sciences is looking to appoint a Research Fellow to contribute to a MRC funded study focused on school food environments. This work aims to develop an implementation intervention that will optimise whole school approaches to food across primary schools within the UK, in order to contribute to a wider system of much needed activities to reduce inequalities in dietary quality and childhood obesity.

You will join a multidisciplinary team of experts across the UK to support the development of a theory based approach to support schools to deliver sustainable and feasible system wide improvements to school food provision, food environments and food education, under the supervision of Dr Maria Bryant.  You will be embedded in to a wider portfolio of work, in which you will be invited to contribute to relevant activities aimed at improving outcomes and reducing health inequalities in children (Act Early UKPRP).


This post will be appointed by the University of York, but the post holder will also be expected to spend some time working/collecting data from schools in Bradford, Leeds and Newcastle. You will be responsible for planning, directing, and contributing to the production of research through protocol development, supporting recruitment, organising and supporting systems workshops, intervention co-design, analysing and interpreting qualitative data, writing up results, and presenting findings at seminars and conferences.  You will apply a theory-based approach to the intervention development, incorporating literature, systems mapping workshops and observational work. You will also assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects. You may be asked to assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise.  This role also requires the successful candidate to liaise with study sites in Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds and Bradford and lead public engagement and outreach activities.  

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • First degree in public health, applied health or psychology
  • PhD in population health, public health or similar discipline, or equivalent experience
  • Research experience in an area that will complement and enhance the department's research strategy
  • Knowledge of public health nutrition to engage in high quality research
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies, including study design, intervention development, co-design and qualitative methods
  • Knowledge of health inequalities in relation to health and child wellbeing
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for own and joint research
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience
  • Competency to present at conferences or exhibit work in appropriate events
  • Demonstrable experience of co-production of research and participant involvement
  • Commitment to social justice in health and health care

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