Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Evaluation of Mandatory Calorie Labelling

The MRC Epidemiology Unit and the Centre for Diet & Activity Research (CEDAR) are looking for an enthusiastic and talented mixed-methods post-doctoral Research Associate to contribute to evaluating the impacts of mandatory menu calorie labelling in the English out-of-home food sector. This is an ideal position for an RNutr (Nutrition Science or Public Health) interested in progressing their nutrition research career.

The UK government intends to implement mandatory calorie labelling in out-of-home food outlets in the next few years. Our evaluation will include five components:

1. In store assessments of calorie labelling practice, before and after intervention implementation
2. Intercept surveys with customers, before and after implementation
3. Analysis of international survey data to determine overall use of out-of-home food outlets before and after implementation
4. Expansion and analysis of MenuStatUK, our database of the nutritional content of out-of-home food, to assess impact of the intervention on the nutritional content of food served
5. Interviews with those tasked with intervention implementation and enforcement to understand barriers and enablers to intervention success.

As the successful candidate you will work with the principal investigator, Dr Jean Adams. You will act as overall project manager and lead on the delivery of components 3, 4 and 5 above. Components 1 and 2 will be delivered by colleagues at the University of Liverpool with support from you as needed. You will prepare detailed protocols for components 3, 4 & 5; gain ethics approval for components 3 & 5; collect data for component 5; and analyse data and prepare peer-reviewed publications for components 3, 4 & 5. In addition, you will organise project and
advisory group meetings, prepare interim and final reports and other outputs, and contribute to Public Involvement (led by coapplicant Prof Martin White) and contribute to other aspects of the project and running of the department as required.

The post is available for 33 months.

The role is based in the Population Health Interventions Research Programme in CEDAR. You will join a vibrant interdisciplinary team working on qualitative and quantitative observational studies, evaluations of policy interventions and complex evidence syntheses. CEDAR is hosted by the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. Translation of research evidence into action is a high priority at CEDAR. Translational activities are guided by a knowledge exchange strategy, with implementation facilitated by broad participation across CEDAR.

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