Research Associate in Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
11 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Part Time

Research Associate

Job number  ACAD102825
Division/School  Faculty of Science
Contract type   Open ended contract staff
Working pattern   Part time
Salary  £32,004 - £36,001 per annum, pro rata
Closing date for applications  27-Aug-2017 

We are seeking to appoint a talented individual to run a study investigating epigenetic differences between e-cigarette users, smokers and non-smokers. The project, a collaboration between the Universities of Bristol and Liverpool, is based within the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (TARG:, part of the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol (IEU: and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (

The study is funded by Cancer Research UK ( and is affiliated with the Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Programme (
Research within the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group focuses on the neurobiological and genetic basis of health-related behaviours, with two themes: the laboratory study of neurobiological pathways involved in health behaviours, and the large-scale longitudinal study of genetic and environmental influences on health behaviours.
You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the study, which involves recruiting smokers, e-cigarette users and non-smokers, sending them an online questionnaire, and then posting them a saliva collection kit that they then post back. You will need to be organized and able to maintain recruitment into the study, manage the participant logs and recruitment records, and ensure that individuals recruited in to the study provide complete data, as the research is not conducted onsite which presents specific challenges. Similarly, the study involves hard-to-recruit populations and therefore the ability to develop innovative and successful approach to recruitment is essential. We are particularly seeking applicants with a proven commitment to the principles and philosophy of Open Science.
The position is part-time (12.25 hours per week) and available from 1st September 2017. Funding is currently available until the end of February 2019.
For informal enquires, please contact:
Dr Rebecca Richmond ( 
The School holds a departmental Bronze Athena SWAN Award. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to selection on merit.  The School and University have a wide range of policies aimed at supporting staff in work.
Anticipated interview date: 11/09/2017
Anticipated start date: 18/09/2017
The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities. 

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