Research Assistant

We seek to hire a Research Assistant to support a new programme of nationally representative diet surveys in Scotland, commissioned by Food Standards Scotland.
The first survey will be in children and young people in 2023, with dietary data to be collected in approx. 1800 2-15y olds (for details see
The appointee will play a lead role in the day-to-day project management and data quality checking and will contribute to data analysis and presentation of results.

The Opportunity:

Unhealthy diets, obesity and diet-related diseases such as diabetes are a cause for concern for the Scottish population. However, recent information on the diets of people living in Scotland, particularly vulnerable groups such as children, is limited.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for managing, cleaning and analysing Scottish dietary intake data collected using Intake24, a computer-based 24-hour diet recall software programme.

The Research Assistant will be part of the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems (GAAFS) at the University of Edinburgh. GAAFS is an interdisciplinary hub of expertise to support the transformation of agri-food systems though agenda-setting, research, teaching and translation to policy and practice. The Research Assistant will work with Prof. Lindsay Jaacks, Personal Chair of Global Health and Nutrition in GAAFS, and Prof. Geraldine McNeill, a Visiting Professor of Global Nutrition and Health in GAAFS.

This is a full-time post, for 4 months, starting 1 May 2023 and ending 31 August 2023.

Your skills and attributes for success:

Master’s degree in epidemiology, human nutrition, public health or related field.
Proficiency in Stata, R, or SAS.
Experience in cleaning and analysing large-scale dietary intake data.
Proven ability to meet milestones according to project timelines.
Responds constructively to feedback.
Proven ability to work independently.

Interviews will be held early May.

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