Research Associate

Job summary

You are invited to apply for a Research Associate post within Imperial College London’s School of Public Health (SPH) within Department of Primary Care and Public Health, and specifically in the Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit. You will participate in an ambitious project over two years to explore the interactions of English local governments with harmful commodity industries such as food which is considered unhealthy, alcohol, tobacco...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01587
  • Date posted 28 November 2019
  • Closing date 2 January 2020

Job description

Job summary

You are invited to apply for a Research Associate post within Imperial College London’s School of Public Health (SPH) within Department of Primary Care and Public Health, and specifically in the Public Health Policy Evaluation Unit.

You will participate in an ambitious project over two years to explore the interactions of English local governments with harmful commodity industries such as food which is considered unhealthy, alcohol, tobacco and gambling industries. The aim of the proposed work is to better understand the nature and extent of such interactions in local government, explore stakeholder views on this issue and the need for guidance, and present the evidence in the format of potential guiding principles for local authority interactions with corporations that market products that are damaging to health. The project utilises mixed methods and includes evidence synthesis, primary data collections from local authorities, data analysis and interviews with stakeholders.

The research project forms part of a wider work programme of applied public health research funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research Programme (SPHR). SPHR is a unique collaboration between eight leading academic centres of excellence in England. SPHR was established in 2012 and was renewed for five years in 2017. Imperial College London joined the SPHR in April 2017. SPHR’s remit is to conduct high quality research to build robust evidence for effective and cost-effective public health policy and practice to improve population health and reduce health inequalities.

The project sits within the SPHR Places and Communities Programme’s Food systems sub-programme. In line with the programme’s aims, it specifically focuses on innovative and affordable place-centred policy options to improve local environments, health and reduce health inequalities. Working in close collaboration with our academic and practice partners and the public, we will develop data collection plans, produce research outputs and communicate findings through high quality research papers, policy briefing papers and presentations.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Supervision, management and input from academic team with expertise in research methods to evaluate public health policy in various countries and settings, assess health inequality impacts and influence policy and practice.

  • Formal training in statistical skills, data handling and research methods

  • Opportunities to work with key academic, practitioner and public stakeholders and join a wider collaborator network within SPHR and beyond

  • Dissemination and development opportunities: participation in collaborative research networks, conference presentations, public involvement and engagement

Essential requirements

You must have a PhD or equivalent in population health, epidemiology, global health, biostatistics, or a related subject. You will have substantial experience with research undertaken in the field of population health and have exceptional aptitude for analytical and critical thinking about scientific problems. You must have strong communication capabilities, motivation for problem solving, aptitude for interdisciplinary research and teamwork and the ability to work and learn independently. There will be scope for you to transition from mentored to independent research supported by a tailored training programme.

Further information

The role is full-time and fixed term until 31 March 2022.

Should you have any queries please contact Jennifer Landmann SPHR Research Coordinator: j.landmann@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

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.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

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.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.