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Research post available (the contribution of natural and cultural heritage to population health)

CRESH has a new short term research post available , based in Glasgow

The purpose of the post is to undertake research and development for a project assessing and valuing the contribution of natural and cultural heritage to population health, wellbeing and happiness in Scotland. The project aims to explore whether an influence of Scotland’s cultural and natural heritage on health, wellbeing and happiness can be detected, measured and economically valued using secondary survey and routinely collected data. This post is to assess feasibility and, if possible, to develop a suitable approach. To that end, the job will involve reviewing relevant literature and existing practices, finding and appraising existing data sets which could contribute, beginning the design of appropriate methods (if feasible) and helping to build a coalition of interested parties and funders. The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) owns and manages some of Scotland’s greatest natural and cultural heritage and this project will be a collaboration between NTS and the University of Glasgow. This post might suit a range of numerate backgrounds including (but not limited to) economics, social or environmental science.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To play a leading role in reviewing the relevant literature and in the search for key extant data sets that could be used in this project.

2. To play a leading role in assessing the feasibility of assessing and valuing the contribution of natural and cultural heritage to population health, wellbeing and happiness in Scotland, via secondary data sets and, if deemed feasible, in specifying the methods to be used.

3. To liaise with the NTS, including securing access to any useful data they have and can share, and communicating the progress of the project and its findings.

4. To document the progress of the research, administer team meetings and write progress blog posts as required.

5. To write up the findings/outcomes in a preliminary report.

6. To collaborate with other members of the group, and external interested parties as appropriate, in order to develop the work of the group as a whole.

7. To undertake or assist with the dissemination of the project progress and findings through presentations to a variety of audiences and, if appropriate, academic paper(s).

8. To assist, if required, in the preparation of further funding bids to continue the project.

9. To collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and centre research group activities.

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £31,948 – £35,938 per annum.

This post is fixed term for 6 months. To find out more contact Richard.Mitchell@glasgow.ac.uk

Closing date: Friday 18th May 2012.

You can apply online here

Vacancy: Research Assistant in Health and the Environment available at CRESH

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant in the field of Health and the Environment.

Based at the Institute of Geography and Lived Environment, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh you will join the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) .

You will contribute to two externally funded projects:
1. A project funded by the MRC Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy which will examine whether the density of tobacco and alcohol outlets around schools and homes affects smoking and drinking behaviours among 13 and 15 year olds in Scotland.
2. An NIHR-funded project entitled ‘Determining the Impact of Smoking Point of Sale Legislation Among Youth (DISPLAY) study’. This mixed-method longitudinal study seeks to evaluate the impact of the change in legislation relating to the sale of tobacco in Scotland that comes into effect in 2012.

You will demonstrate aptitude for data handling and GIS. You will contribute to publications arising from the research and day-to-day data collection and analysis.  Applications are welcome from candidates post MSc or post PhD and appointments can be made at either grade 6 or grade 7 (see below).

Should no candidate who meets all the essential criteria be found, an appointment at grade UE06 may be possible for a candidate who does not have a significant and established research profile (gained through a PhD) in the area of environment and health and would therefore require additional guidance and mentoring.

This is a fixed term post for 12 months. The person must be in post no later than June 1st 2012.

Fixed term: 12 months

Salary Scale: £25,251 – £29,249 (UE06) or £30,122 – £35,938 pa (UE07)

For more details please see the following link

http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/vacancies/index.cfm?fuseaction=vacancies.detail&vacancy_ref=3015475

Any further queries please contact Dr Niamh Shortt by email niamh.shortt@ed.ac.uk or phone 00 44 131 6517130

Postdoctoral Research Position: Available Now.

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of Health and the Environment at the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) (based at the University of Edinburgh). You will contribute to two projects funded separately by the MRC Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy and the National Institute for Health Research. The first project will examine whether the density of tobacco and alcohol outlets around schools and homes affects smoking and drinking behaviours among 13 and 15 year olds in Scotland. The second is entitled ‘Determining the Impact of Smoking Point of Sale Legislation Among Youth (DISPLAY) study’. This mixed-method longitudinal study seeks to evaluate the impact of the change in legislation relating to the sale of tobacco in Scotland that comes into effect in 2012.  The successful candidate will play a key role in the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH)

Closing date: 06-Feb-2012
Fixed Term: 12 months
For further details on the position:
http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/vacancies/index.cfm?fuseaction=vacancies.detail&vacancy_ref=3015243

For informal enquiries please contact:
Dr Niamh Shortt (Niamh.Shortt@ed.ac.uk)
Prof Jamie Pearce (jamie.pearce@ed.ac.uk)
Prof Richard Mitchell (Richard.Mitchell@glasgow.ac.uk)

2 Postdoctoral Research Positions: Available Now!

Two postdoctoral research positions are available from 1st October at the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) (based at the University of Edinburgh).  Funded through a European Research Council grant, these positions are excellent opportunities for Postdoctoral Researchers in the field of Health and the Environment. Both posts are available from 1st October 2011 for 5 years.

The successful candidates will play key roles in the development of CRESH.

For further details:
http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/vacancies/index.cfm?fuseaction=vacancies.detail&vacancy_ref=3014472
Closing date: 29th July 2011

For informal enquiries please contact:
Dr Jamie Pearce (jamie.pearce@ed.ac.uk)
Dr Niamh Shortt (Niamh.Shortt@ed.ac.uk)
Prof Richard Mitchell (Richard.Mitchell@glasgow.ac.uk)

Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the field of Health and the Environment. Based at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh you will join the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) which is a virtual centre joining scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Our research is focused on exploring how physical and social environments can influence population health, for better and for worse.

The successful candidate will work with an active research team based in Edinburgh and Glasgow on two research projects. First, they will play a key role in an ESRC funded project that will investigate whether aspects of the physical environment exert an influence on physical activity levels at the individual-level. Second, complete a pilot study to investigate the role of the local physical and social environment in understanding inequalities in health amongst children and adolescents. Both roles will involve working with large social survey, health and environmental datasets, the application of statistical techniques to the data, interpretation of the results, dissemination of findings and developing new research proposals.

Closing date: 7th March 2011

For more information and details on how to apply click here.