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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Reference Number: 60024422
Location: Northampton Square
Duration: Permanent
Hours: Full-time
Salary Range: £36001–36001


The Centre for Food Policy has been based at City, University of London since 2002. Its mission is to advance an integrated and inclusive approach to food policy that works for everyone, through education, research and engagement with the world of food policy. The Centre is interdisciplinary and located in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Social Sciences, at City, University of London.

A full-time postdoctoral Research Fellow is sought to join the Centre for Food Policy, to work with Professor Corinna Hawkes, in collaboration with partners at University College London, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and other collaborators. This new position is to work within programme of policy-focused research, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). The postholder will play a lead role in policy-oriented research projects related to child obesity. They will have responsibility for the management and coordination of the research projects conducted as part of the programme.

The post offers an excellent career development opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher trained in qualitative analysis techniques in public health.


The postholder will have flexibility and freedom to develop their own ideas. Area of work will include:

  • Policy-oriented qualitative research on childhood obesity, with a focus on addressing inequities in obesity through improving diets
  • Project managing research projects, including developing a project plan and establishing systems to review progress
  • Evaluating policies
  • Taking the lead in engagement and information exchange with collaborators
  • Writing and contributing to journal articles for publication in high quality, peer reviewed journals
  • Giving presentations at conferences and external meetings
  • Coordinating production of final project reports and associated outputs
  • Acting as the first point of contact for external enquiries about the project

Person specification

  • PhD on a topic relevant to public health
  • Experience with applying qualitative methods in research
  • Excellent and demonstrable writing skills in English
  • General understanding of food policy as it relates to obesity
  • Proven ability to work independently, take a leadership role, and take an innovative approach to research, with minimal guidance
  • Proven ability to effectively manage collaborative relationships
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills

Additional information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm on 16 August 2017

Further details can be found here

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