Research Fellow in Food Systems Economics

London (GB)
£38,533 to £43,759 per annum
Friday, 13 October 2017
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 12 November 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow in Food Systems Economics

Faculty of Public Health & Policy

Salary:   £38,533 to £43,759 per annum inclusive
Closing Date:   Sunday 12 November 2017
Interview Date:   To be confirmed 
Reference:  PHP-GHD-41

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with 3,900 students and more than 1,000 staff working in over 100 countries. Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic Research Fellow in food system economics to undertake analyses of the impacts of food system policies on food consumption, dietary patterns, health, environment and the wider economy. The post holder will work for two large projects that have started in 2017. 

The first project, “Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS)” ( funded by the Wellcome Trust, seeks to investigate interactions between the environment, food systems and health, pinpointing the relationships that are critical for achieving sustainable health outcomes. Project work will be focused on India and South Africa with a large network of international collaborators. The central task for the London-based post-holder in this project is analysis of a highly disaggregated large dataset of consumer expenditure on packaged and processed food from India to understand how changes in food and environmental policies or climate events have affected purchases of these foods and beverages in the past five years. This includes close collaboration with researchers mapping such policy changes and events. Approximately 60% of time will be spent on this project. 

The second project, “Evaluation of the health impacts of the UK Treasury Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL)” ( funded by the National Institute for Health Research is a collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The main task for the post-holder in this project falls under a Work Package evaluating economic impacts of the UK soft drinks levy on food and other industries, HM Treasury, health and social care. The research fellow will work on identifying and estimating potential changes arising from the levy and associated costs and benefits to the NHS, food and beverage industry and to the UK economy and society more broadly. Approximately 40% of time will be spent on this project. 

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate degree (PhD or MSc with relevant work experience), good knowledge and experience in policy evaluation methods, proven ability to use data analytical software including Stata or R and high quality skills in data management. You will have good communication skills, experience in a multidisciplinary environment and a growing track record of publications. 

This role offers a unique and excellent opportunity to explore the critical global issues of changes in food choices and the relationship with policies, price and other changes in food systems across both developed and developing countries, offering potential for major impact in academia and policy. 

The post is full time and available for 40 months.  The salary will be on the Academic pathways Grade 6 scale in the range £38,533 to £43,759 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. The post is based in London, Tavistock Place. 
For more information, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Laura Cornelsen ( ), Richard Smith ( or Alan Dangour (
Applications should be made on-line via our website at Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted.  Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Please quote reference PHP-GHD-41.

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable. 

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.