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Vacancy: Research Associate


The MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic researcher to contribute to a CLOSER work package on socioeconomic differentials in physical activity across life.

Please note this post is not based in CLOSER.

Closing date: 29 Nov 2017, latest time for submissions 23:59
Interview date: TBC
Salary: £34,635 per annum
Contract: Full Time
Location: London

A job description and person specification can be accessed on the UCL job page.

Using data from six of the CLOSER studies (Understanding Society, MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), National Child Development Study (NCDS), 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) and Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)), the post-holder will work with an inter-disciplinary leadership team to test whether associations between lifetime socioeconomic position and physical activity vary by: a) age, sex and ethnicity in Understanding Society; b) age, sex and birth year in coordinated analyses of the British birth cohorts and ALSPAC.  In order to undertake these analyses the post-holder will first work with cohort investigators to identify all measures of physical activity and sedentary behaviour available within each study, document these and, undertake data harmonisation where possible.  The post is funded for 18 months and provides an excellent opportunity for the right applicant to develop their skills in cross-cohort analyses.

Further details

Informal enquiries should be made to: Dr Rachel Cooper (

To apply for the vacancy please visit the UCL website.