Research Assistant / Research Fellow

London (GB)
(£) 34804 to 38017
06 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
22 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Assistant / Research Fellow (with secured funding up to 31st October 2021)

Reference Number 60031607
Location Northampton Square
School / Service School of Health Sciences
Department Health Services Research & Management
Contract Duration Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary Range (£) 34804 to 38017


Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (over 40% at postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last decade City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university.

City is home to the Centre for Food Policy, a leading interdisciplinary centre dedicated to shaping an effective food system through research, education and engagement with the world of food policy. The Centre’s research focuses on policies to reshape the food system, systems approaches to decision-making in food policy and generating insights from “lived experience” for more equitable food policy. To do so, its engages with people across the food system to uncover how it really works in practice. The Centre is located in the School of Health Sciences.

We are seeking a Research Assistant or Research Fellow to work on a project in collaboration with Results for Development (R4D), funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of the project is to produce a practical and actionable set of resources to guide national and subnational policymakers towards identifying and implementing policies that effectively reorient their food systems towards better diets and nutrition and inform funders’ investment choices.


The main responsibility of the post-holder is to work with Professor Corinna Hawkes and R4D to lead the development of a compendium of evidence and policy research briefs on: (i) food system policies that influence diets both intentionally and non-intentionally and (ii) the processes for diagnosing problems, formulating options, and decision making in different contexts in the literature in sectors relevant to food systems, and potentially other relevant sectors. The review will include diverse types of evidence from different disciplines and sources. The project will take a food systems approach and consider gender issues throughout. The focus of the work will be on low- and middle-income countries.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have a first degree and a Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, together with a knowledge of food systems, food policy and/or nutrition in low- and middle-income country contexts, and of the methods used in food systems and/or nutrition research. Knowledge of gender issues in international development is desirable.

The successful candidate must have experience of conducting evidence reviews, and be able to translate and frame evidence and analysis in a way that is useful for policymakers. They will also be expected to demonstrate excellent writing skills.

For appointment at Research Fellow level, in addition to the above, the successful candidate must have a PhD in a relevant subject, together with knowledge or experience of taking a food systems approach and decision-making processes. They will also have experience of engaging with national-level policy makers from low- and middle-income countries.

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 11:59pm, 22nd November 2020

Interviews will be conducted on 2nd December 2020

Start date – immediately or as soon as possible.

Actively working to promote equal opportunity and diversity

Academic excellence for business and the professions

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