MRC Career Development Fellow
The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint a Career Development Fellow
(training role) who has an interest in the prevention and early treatment of
obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. The successful applicant
will be a core member of the MRC-funded programme on the Prevention of
Diabetes and Related Disorders in High Risk Groups, a multi-disciplinary
research group led by Professor Simon Griffin and Dr Amy Ahern.
The successful candidate will work collaboratively with programme members to
develop their own body of research within the broad objectives of the
programme. They will be expected to introduce new ideas, perform analyses, and
disseminate research results. They will also contribute to internal, national
and international collaborations. More details about the objectives of the
programme and examples of previous and ongoing research can be found at:
https: // www. mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/research/research-areas/prevention-high-risk-
While the details of the work plan will be agreed following appointment, it is
expected that the post holder will predominantly work on analysis and
synthesis of existing data and will contribute to new and existing national
and international collaborations to advance the programme's research. There
may be opportunities to undertake new data collection where appropriate. There
will be opportunities to carry out some teaching and supervision on
The post holder will work under the guidance of the Programme Leaders and will
work collaboratively with other Investigators, research staff, scientific and
technical teams within and external to the unit, as well as national and
international collaborators. They will be required to work flexibly,
responding to research needs and opportunities as they arise. They will be
supported in their own development as a researcher, with a tailored personal
development plan that will focus on the skills and experience they need to
make the most of the opportunities afforded to them and to progress their
The successful candidate will be educated to PhD level in a relevant subject
or due to complete doctoral studies within 6 months of applying. They will
have proven experience of working in a research environment and managing
confidential data, and training and experience in quantitative epidemiological
methods. The successful candidate will also have proven oral and written
communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-
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 consists of eight scientific programmes and benefits from a number of
large-scale, cross programme epidemiological studies and randomised controlled
trials, 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.
This is a three-year training programme post which will terminate without need
for further notice.
Please contact Dr Amy Ahern (firstname.lastname@example.org 01223 330315) for informal
Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will
be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment
system (if you have not already) and apply online.
Closing Date: 16 October 2022
Interview Date: 25 October 2022
Please ensure that you upload a covering letter, CV, list of publications and
a summary of your research interests and plans in the Upload section of the
online application. 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 SJ32978 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.
MRC Epidemiology Unit
2 September 2022
16 October 2022