Research Fellow (Career Break Cover), Centre for Public Health

United Kingdom
Oct 17, 2016
Nov 14, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Required for 24 months to cover career break leave. The researcher will work to complete analysis and dissemination of two recent multicentre RCTs among women with gestational diabetes following trials through to publication. The researcher will work with research teams within the centre on ongoing funded projects in relation to weight loss and behaviour change, and on an ongoing programme of research in relation to the DAPIT study. The researcher will work with the research team to prepare further grant applications for larger RCTs of the intervention(s), as appropriate. The successful candidate will assist PGR supervisory teams by providing student support and will contribute to teaching within the Centre for Public Health.


  • Carry out analyses, critical evaluations, and interpretations using methodologies and other techniques identified in the research projects.
  • Lead the data analysis and paper preparation for the ongoing RCTs.
  • Maintain ethical approval and research governance approval for various aspects of the research, including the multicentre randomised controlled trials.
  • Present regular progress reports on research to members of the research group or to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.
  • To contribute to the ongoing programme of public engagement within the Nutrition group in the Centre for Public Health.
  • Prepare, in consultation with the research team, material for publication in national and international journals and presentations at international conferences.
  • Carry out routine administrative tasks associated with the research project/s to ensure that project/s are completed on time and within budget. These might include organisation of project meetings and documentation, financial control, risk assessment of research activities.
  • Carry out occasional undergraduate supervision, demonstrating or lecturing duties within the post holder’s area of expertise and under the direct guidance of a member of academic staff.
  • Read academic papers, journals and textbooks to keep abreast of developments in own specialism and related disciplines.
  • Prepare future grant applications for full RCT trials, as appropriate, in collaboration with the full research team.

Planning and Organising:

  • Plan for specific aspects of research programmes. Timescales range from 1-6 months in advance and contribute to research group planning.
  • Plan for the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops where appropriate.
  • Plan own day-to day activity within framework of the agreed research programme.
  • Plan up to a year in advance to meet deadlines for journal publications and to prepare presentations and papers for conferences.
  • Coordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress.

Resource Management Responsibilities:

  • Ensure research resources are used in an effective and efficient manner. Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may be assisting with research.

Internal and External Relationships:

  • Liaise on a regular basis with colleagues and students.
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration.
  • Join external networks to share information and ideas.
  • Contribute to the School’s outreach programme by establishing links with local community groups, industries etc.


  • Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD in Human Nutrition or in a related discipline such as Nursing, Midwifery, psychology, or education.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience, which can be obtained during a PhD.
  • Human nutrition intervention or observational study experience.
  • Sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge in research methodology and techniques applicable to the project.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly.
  • Ability to build contacts and participate in internal and external networks.
  • Demonstrable intellectual ability.
  • Ability to assess and organise resources.
  • Ability to plan own work schedule responding to new pressures and adjusting priorities.
  • Problem solving skills. Ability to communicate with patients and with multidisciplinary health professionals.
  • Willingness to travel where required.



  • Have previously worked in a research environment.
  • Experience of working with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience of undergraduate teaching and supervision.
  • Have knowledge and experience of nutrition and health related research.
  • Ability to contribute to broader management and administrative processes.
  • Contribute to the School’s outreach programme by links with industry, community groups etc.
  • Previous experience of working with databases such as SPSS.
  • Experience in presenting at conferences and publishing scholarly / scientific articles.
  • Holds a current driver’s licence and has access to a car.