Research Fellow (SPECTRUM) (fixed term)

Job title Research Fellow (SPECTRUM) (fixed term)

Department Department for Health

Salary Starting from £41,526, rising to £49,553 Fixed term, 40 months

Grade Grade 8

Placed on Wednesday 08 January 2020

Closing date Wednesday 05 February 2020

Interview date Tuesday 11 February 2020

Reference SB7372


We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to join the project team at the University of Bath where they will lead Work Package (WP) 2 of the SPECTRUM (Shaping Public hEalth poliCies To Reduce ineqUalities and harM) project. You will be based within the thriving Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG), working with a broader team in Bath including Professor Harry Rutter, from the Department of Social and Policy Sciences.

The key purpose of this WP is to advance our understanding of Unhealthy Commodity Producers’ (UCPs) influence on health and public policy and identify how this knowledge can be effectively translated to improve public health.  Key areas of work include:

·Understanding how UCPs influence health and public policy through targeted case studies of corporate political activity around NCD policies;

·Developing a conceptual model for understanding the commercial determinants of health, with an emphasis on UCPs.

·Compiling evidence of effective practice, aiming to identify the specific types of research and knowledge translation most likely to enable policy change in this field. 

You will be encouraged to undertake ground-breaking comparative work across UCPs. You will work closely with other WPs including WP1 on systems approaches (led by LSHTM), WP 5 on environment and WP 8 on governance and regulation (Edinburgh).

You will lead the development of and undertake the research in this work package working closely with Professors Anna Gilmore (your line manager) and Harry Rutter. You will be responsible for managing the work, obtaining research ethics, ensuring the conduct and publication of high-quality research. You will also represent Bath on various SPECTRUM committees, including the Spectrum Impact Group and meetings. You will also supervise a PhD student linked to this project and may line manage more junior staff in the team.

The aim is for you to secure future funding via research grants and/or fellowship applications to ensure the work can be continued.

It is anticipated that you will have skills in mixed methods approaches including documentary analysis, key informant interviews, content and thematic analysis. You may also be skilled in process tracing, Delphi technique and investigative methods including the use of freedom of information legislation. 

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The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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