Institution (Location)
Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), the University of Cambridge
Start Date
September 1, 2015
28,695 GBP – 37,394 GBP
Position Description

Applications are invited for Career Development Fellowships to work within the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge.

CEDAR aims to understand the population-level determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviour, evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and estimate the long-term costs and benefits of behaviour change. It is hosted by the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge and works in partnership with the University of East Anglia and other MRC Units in Cambridge. CEDAR is one of five UKCRC-funded centres of excellence in public health research that are helping to shape public health policy and practice.

CEDAR invites applications for Career Development Fellowships which provide post-doctoral scientists with a fixed term training position to develop their research and transferable skills. In discussion with CEDAR Investigators, successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop and lead their own research plans within the overall scope of the centre. Approaches may be based on one or more of a wide range of disciplines and methods including diet and activity research, epidemiology, biostatistics, health geography, behavioural science, intervention development and evaluation, and public health modelling. These are prestigious appointments and the positions are intended to provide a pathway for successful candidates to obtain independent personal research fellowships in the future.

This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to an inter-disciplinary centre that is successfully delivering primary and secondary research of scientific and policy relevance, developing future public health research leaders and driving the process of translating research evidence into preventive action.

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

You will have a strong background or interest in public health research and will have completed doctoral studies in a relevant discipline or have skills that could be applied to public health research. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, experience of presenting research as well as working both collaboratively and as a member of a team. Successful applicants will be ambitious, motivated and independent individuals with the potential to become future leaders in public health research. Post-holders will be able to draw on a wide range of resources within CEDAR and its partner organisations including access to epidemiological data sets and specialist teams who support the scientists in the delivery of their research aims.

Appointment to a Senior Research Associate level role will be considered depending on the successful candidate’s relevant experience. All Senior Research Associate appointments are subject to approval by the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is Sunday 7 June. Interviews will be held on Thursday 30 July 2015.

For topic-specific queries, please contact the most relevant CEDAR Programme Lead ( For general enquiries, please contact Dr Rebecca Stratford ([email protected]).

Fixed-term: 3 years.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.

To apply: please visit


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