Research Associate in Behavioural Epidemiology

University of Bristol

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United Kingdom

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Full time


£32,004 to £33,943

05 Jan 2017
12 Feb 2017

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Reference number: BRI-ACAD102397

Location: Bristol, UK                 

The University of Bristol’s Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences within the School for Policy Studies, is seeking to recruit a Research Associate in Behavioural Epidemiology to undertake analyses of behavioural patterns and cardiometabolic health in Malaysian adolescents which is known locally as the “the MyHeART BEaT project”. 

MyHeART (Malaysian Health and Adolescents longitudinal Research Team) is a prospective cohort of n=1361 Malaysian children aged 13 years at baseline, recruited from 15 secondary schools in Peninsula Malaysia during 2012. Data collected in MyHeARTs include socio-economic, behavioural, environmental, anthropometric, and blood pressure measures, and fasting blood samples. Detailed dietary and physical activity assessment was conducted using a 7-day diet history interview with trained dietitians and a validated, self-reported physical activity questionnaire (PAQ-c). Physical fitness was assessed using the modified Harvard step test. Follow-up of all baseline measures were collected at age 15 (n=1230) and 17 (n=1034) providing a rich longitudinal resource to explore behavioural predictors of cardiometabolic risk. The MyHeART BEaT (Behavioural Epidemiology and Trial) project will analyse and extend the existing cohort resource then build on findings to date to develop a school based intervention to improve cardiometabolic health in Malayisan Adolescents.

We are seeking a Research Associate to take on the role of behavioural epidemiologist for the MyHeART BEaT project. The role is central to the success of this MRC funded collaboration between the University of Bristol and University of Malaya. The post-holder will be expected to perform analyses of existing cohort data, co-ordinate new metabolomics data generation and analyses, contribute to a systematic review and the preparation of data for project reports and publications. The post-holder will be expected to work on their own initiative, seeking advice and guidance where necessary from the Principal Investigator (PI) and the project management group. The role includes the opportunity to travel to Malaysia to facilitate the collaboration.

Applicants should have excellent quantitative analyses research skills; experience of undertaking health-related research; experience of analysing multilevel data; good report writing and presentation skills; and an understanding of the issues associated with clustered data and how to account for clustered variables in analyses.  In addition applications should hold a PhD (or equivalent) using advanced quantitative research methods.

This is a full time, open-ended post with fixed term funding available until 9 December 2018.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 12 February 2017.  

It is expected that interviews will be held on Monday 20 February 2017.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Laura Johnson (email: or tel: +44 (0)117 3310482).

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