Research Associate – Evaluation of Mandatory Calorie Labelling

MRC Epidemiology Unit

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 09th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £32,816-£40,322
  • REF: SJ25645
  • Closes: 14th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

The MRC Epidemiology Unit and the Centre for Diet & Activity Research (CEDAR) is offering an exciting opportunity 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.

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:

  • In store assessments of calorie labelling practice, before and after intervention implementation
  • Intercept surveys with customers, before and after implementation
  • Analysis of international survey data to determine overall use of out-of-home food outlets before and after implementation
  • 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
  • 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 co-applicant Prof White) and contribute to other aspects of the project and running of the department as required.

Please contact Dr Jean Adams ( for informal enquiries.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 33 months in the first instance.

The post is full-time but applications are welcome from those who would like to work flexibly.

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The closing date for applications is Sunday 14th March 2021 with interviews expected to take place Friday 26th March 2021.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager

Please quote reference SJ25645 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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