Postdoctoral Researcher (Health & Environment)

Updated: over 3 years ago
Location: Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 03 Dec 2015

1. Job Details

Job title: Postdoctoral Researcher (Health & Environment)
School: School of GeoSciences
Location: Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH)
Line Managers: Professor Jamie Pearce, Dr Niamh Shortt

2. Job Purpose

The successful candidates will contribute to a project funded by the EPSRC entitled ‘Mood, Mobility and Place’. Utilising secondary environmental datasets, and the Lothian Birth Cohort, this role will explore how past environments may have an influence on current health. The team have gathered data describing Edinburgh neighbourhoods from 1900 to the present day and appended this to the birth cohort. The focus of this role will be to conduct data analysis and contribute to final publications.

3. Main responsibilities

• Manage, manipulate and analyse social survey, longitudinal and health datasets.
• Manage, manipulate and integrate small area environmental datasets.
• Contribute to the collection of area level datasets.
• Contribute to/lead (as appropriate) the writing of academic publications and further research proposals in collaboration with the PIs.
• Dissemination of research findings through academic conferences, workshops, community events, web page development, and other outlets.
• Liaise with the immediate CRESH team, the broader MMP team and wider Human Geography Research Group.
• Liaise with key stakeholders including research funders, data custodians and media representatives.
• Represent CRESH at meetings with external research collaborators and other interested parties.

4. Planning and Organising

The post holder will have to agree a general plan of research with the PI and Co-Is. Progress will be regularly monitored. The Researcher will also be required to set their own targets and goals within this general plan, and ensure that suitable progress is made.

5. Problem Solving

The post holder will be expected to identify appropriate data sets and suitable methods for meeting the aims of the research. They will also be expected to refine the research questions and identify new research opportunities. It is anticipated that the post holder will be able to work independently but also work with and communicate effectively with other team members.

6. Decision Making

• Decide on prioritisation of own work and set own operational targets within broadly agreed strategies.
• Decide on appropriate approach and strategy to maintain good relationships with external collaborators and other bodies interested in the research, within the broad parameters of the funded projects.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

• The key relationship is with the project PI and co-Is.
• All members of CRESH with whom the post holders must develop relationships.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• A PhD (or a PhD close to completion), or equivalent, in a relevant field, or equivalent experience.
• An established research interest in environment and health and/or health inequalities.
• Experience of literature searching.
• Excellent statistical knowledge (e.g. using Stata and/or SPSS) and proven record of analysis of health related or social survey data.
• Proven record of longitudinal data analysis.
• Proven ability to work independently and efficiently.
• Excellent organisational and communication skills.
• Excellent skills in writing for academic and/or other audiences.
• A record of peer reviewed publications in a relevant field.
• Proven ability to work as a member of a team.
• Working knowledge of using GIS to handle, organise and analyse data.

• Experience in working with historical data.
• Experience of multi level modelling and/or other advanced statistical methods.
• Knowledge of using small area environmental data.
• Expertise in using GIS to handle, organise and analyse data.
• Relevant postdoctoral experience.
• Experience of preparing funding proposals.

Informal Enquires

Informal enquiries to Professor Jamie Pearce or Dr Niamh Shortt

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

We anticipate interviews will be held in late September. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 03 December 2015.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, it may be possible for the University of Edinburgh to sponsor you to obtain a Tier 2 (General) visa to enable you to take up the appointment should you be successful at interview.

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website

However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.

The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).

You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).

Tier1 (Exceptional and Exceptional Promise) Endorsement Criteria

Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website .

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website .


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £31,656 to £37,768 for 35 hours, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual

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