Research Associate in Smoking Cessation

United Kingdom
Feb 07, 2018
Feb 19, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
 A postgraduate Research Associate is required to work within the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (, part of the Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol (

The role entails developing and testing a caffeine reduction intervention in local Stop Smoking Services. The role holder will be expected to contribute to the development of protocols and ethics applications, and lead on data collection and day-to-day project management.   The post is ideally suited to someone with a good undergraduate degree in Psychology, or a closely related discipline. Expertise of running trials, conducting laboratory studies and/or experience of working in smoking cessation research or in Stop Smoking Services would be an advantage.

Research within the group focuses on the neurobiological and genetic basis of health-related behaviours (principally tobacco and alcohol use). Key themes include the laboratory study of neurobiological pathways involved in health behaviours, the large-scale longitudinal study of genetic and environmental influences on health behaviours, and the development of novel interventions to promote positive health behavior and improve health outcomes. Opportunities to work on other projects and to contribute to the preparation of manuscripts for publication may be available.  

Research Responsibilities

  • To develop the study protocol and intervention materials, prepare an application for ethicsapproval, and manage the day-to-day running of the main study.
  • To work with stakeholders and collaborators, set up the study in local sites, schedule andtest participants (i.e., running stop smoking sessions), and manage data.
  • To ensure that all work adheres to Open Science principles, and to research governance,data protection and confidentiality protocols.
  • To maintain and develop own research skills by participation in TARG, MRC IEU and other research seminars, journal clubs and short-courses, as appropriate.

Administration Responsibilities

  • To support general academic administrative tasks (‘citizen duties’) within the group, School, Faculty and University as agreed with your line manager.

Teaching Responsibilities
As this role is a Pathway 2 (Research) role, there are no formally specified teaching duties required of the role-holder. However, other commitments permitting, the role-holder may be given development opportunities to undertake activities such as teaching on Masters and Doctoral programmes and/ or supervising MSc dissertations within the School of Experimental Psychology, as appropriate.

Contact for informal enquiries: Dr Angela Attwood ( | 0117 331 7450)   The anticipated start date is Monday 2nd April 2018 and the funding supporting this role is available until 30th September 2019. 


The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Monday 19th February. Interviews will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday 27th February.

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs