Research Assistant in Dietary Assessment x 2 (Fixed Term) University of Cambridge, MRC Epidemiology Unit United Kingdom

Research Assistant - Dietary Assessment x 2 (Fixed Term)

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint two Research Assistants.


These positions are based in the Unit's Dietary Assessment Platform (DAP). The primary role of these posts is to work across the breadth of dietary assessment activity to ensure work coverage. Responsibilities will include collection and processing of dietary and nutrient intake data; data checking, quality assurance and control; data analysis and data tables production (including for publication); maintenance and development of associated systems and processes, for example food composition databases and electronic dietary assessment tools. In addition, the research assistants will provide a range of research support for method and process innovation and development work.


Both Research Assistant posts will work across the range of activities to support the DAP. We anticipate one of the Research Assistant roles will have a particular focus on food composition and dietary data analysis and that the other role will focus more on data collection methods and project coordination. Alongside a competitive salary, University staff are eligible for a comprehensive package of benefits and services include discounts on shopping, health care, financial services and public transport. We also offer defined benefits pension schemes and tax-efficient bicycle, car lease and charity-giving schemes.


The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine and is situated within the Institute of Metabolic Science on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Its mission is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders and develop strategies for their prevention. The Unit benefits from a number of large-scale, cross programme epidemiological studies with detailed datasets allowing a wide range of research from genetics to public health. Highly experienced information teams and other specialist teams support the scientists in the delivery of their research aims.


The successful candidates will have a degree in nutrition or relevant area, and ideally some experience of working in a research environment. Applicants will have proven ability and flexibility to operate with different dietary assessment methods and approaches and a strong desire to develop skills in at least one of the following areas - food composition, dietary assessment and/or dietary data analysis.


The Research Assistant post with a particular focus on food composition and dietary data analysis is a fixed-term contract until 31 December 2023. The other Research Assistant post which focuses on data collection methods and coordination is a fixed-term contract until 31 March 2022.


If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Birdem Amoutzopoulos (


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


Closing date: 3rd June 2018


Interview date: 19th June 2018


Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.


Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.


Please quote reference SJ15566 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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