Research Associate in Public Health

University of Cambridge School for Public Health Research

United Kingdom

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to support the delivery of research projects within the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) at the University of Cambridge. The post holder will make substantial contributions to projects that focus on place-based public health interventions in a context of financial constraint; rehousing older social housing tenants; community interventions in support of mental health in older adults, and reducing inequalities.

The post holder will work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the different institutions within SPHR. They will be given the opportunity to develop their experience in a range of research methods, and build up their publication record. The work will entail interviews and focus groups with practice-based stakeholders and members of the public; evidence reviews, surveys; documentary analysis; a photovoice project; and theory-driven evaluation and analysis. Engagement and involvement of members of the public and practitioners is integral to the work of SPHR.

The post holder will have a PhD in Public Health or a relevant social science, or have equivalent qualifications or experience, with strong skills and practical experience in: i) qualitative research including some (if not all) of the following: interviews, focus groups, documentary analysis, community engaged research, photovoice; ii) evidence reviews; iii) familiarity with quantitative methods, specifically surveys. The post holder will have experience of conducting high quality research in at least one relevant subject area (i.e. area-based Public Health interventions; ageing research; social housing; public mental health), and of working with academics, local government and policy makers in the NHS or other complex environments regionally or nationally. Familiarity with theory-driven research, inc. realist approaches, and experience of involving members of the public in research are desirable.

The post holder will have excellent verbal and written and communication skills, including the ability to prepare technical documents and write for varied external audiences; strong organisational and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently, and demonstrable problem solving skills and initiative. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The funding for this post is available for 12 months from commencement in post.

This is a full-time position, we welcome applications of no less than 60% FTE per week.

Location ¿ East Forvie Building, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Stefanie Buckner at or Dr Louise Lafortune at

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Closing Date: 10th November 2020

Interview Date: 16th November 2020

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 RH24386 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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