Research Associate on STOP and other European Projects

Job summary

The Centre for Health Economics & Policy Innovation (CHEPI) at Imperial College Business School leads a major European Commission funded Horizon 2020 project aiming to address the burden of childhood obesity in European countries, Science & Technology in childhood Obesity Policy (STOP). The project started in 2018 and involves 31 research, advocacy and governmental organisations from 16 countries. We wish to appoint a research associate to...

Job listing information

  • Reference BUS00210
  • Date posted 8 November 2019
  • Closing date 6 December 2019

Job description

Job summary

The Centre for Health Economics & Policy Innovation (CHEPI) at Imperial College Business School leads a major European Commission funded Horizon 2020 project aiming to address the burden of childhood obesity in European countries, Science & Technology in childhood Obesity Policy (STOP). The project started in 2018 and involves 31 research, advocacy and governmental organisations from 16 countries.

We wish to appoint a research associate to work on STOP, forming part of a larger team of researchers at CHEPI and Imperial working on the project. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to several tasks in different STOP work packages, including the following:
1. provide support to the design and implementation of behavioural experiments aimed at improving children’s diets and/or increase their physical activity, as well as to the assessment of successful social marketing initiatives;
2. lead or support evaluations of innovation projects funded by STOP;
3. undertake analyses of the impacts of alternative government policies to address childhood obesity in Europe, based on a computer simulation tool developed in the context of the STOP project.

In addition, CHEPI is engaged in several short-term projects funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). These projects predominantly focus on developing social marketing campaigns to promote public health and require careful coordination and management.

Duties and responsibilities

You will contribute to:
• Quantitative analyses of the determinants of childhood obesity or the effectiveness of policy approaches

You will be responsible for:
• Adapting, maintaining, evaluating and reporting the results of your work to a range of stakeholders
• Assembly, management and analysis of large-scale data sets
• Collaborating closely with the STOP research team and your results will be used as inputs in other parts of both projects
• Conducting primary statistical and econometric analyses
• Coordinating various EIT projects alongside other members of CHEPI
• Drafting academic papers along with interim and final reports on the progress of the work
• Presenting results to a variety of audiences including research funders, academics, and policy makers, at seminars, national and international conferences

Additionally, you will work on joint authorship of academic papers from your research, which will be published in leading international journals.

Essential requirements

Education
• PhD in a relevant discipline e.g. health economics, behavioural science, statistics, epidemiology, (social and economic) geography, public health. Candidates with a PhD near to completion will also be considered.

Experience
• Experience in research around health policy
• Experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions
• Experience in constructing and maintaining large data sets
• Experience of statistical / econometric analysis using appropriate software (e.g. STATA)
• Experience in dissemination of academic research to a variety of audiences

Skills and Abilities
• Expertise in statistical or econometric analyses
• Experience in design, implementation and evaluation of interventions
• Ability to locate data and to maintain and document data for use by others
• Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary international team
• Demonstrable evidence to take initiative, critically appraise research and support others
• Excellent time management skills
• Ability to be highly organised and require minimal supervision

Further information

The position is full time and fixed term for 24 months. Candidates must be able to commence the post by February 2020.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Interviews to be held week commencing 16 December 2019

For further details please contact: Professor Franco Sassi f.sassi@imperial.ac.uk or Dr Jack Olney jack.olney@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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About Imperial College London

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You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

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