Research Fellow (Commercial Determinants of Health)

University of Edinburgh

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Research Fellow (Commercial Determinants of Health)


University of Edinburgh

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Job Description:We are looking for a postdoctoral Research Fellow with experience in public health and commercial determinants of health, including but not limited to tobacco, alcohol, or ultra-processed food industries, to join a major UKRI-funded collaborative project based in the Global Health Policy Unit.The Opportunity:You will review the available evidence regarding local authority interventions that help address commercial drivers of health inequalities, develop a typology of interventions on the basis of this mapping with the aid of stakeholder workshops, and develop a database based on identified interventions. You will also develop outputs for publication, and develop knowledge exchange and impact.This post is fixed term for 24 months, available from June 2024This post is advertised as full-time (35 hours per week), however, we are open to considering part-time or flexible working patterns of not less than 0.8fte (28 hours per week). We are also open to considering requests for hybrid working (on a non-contractual basis) that combines a mix of remote and regular on-campus working.Your skills and attributes for success:

  • A PhD in public health, health policy, social policy, political science or related discipline.
  • Demonstrable post-doctoral or equivalent work experience in public health and commercial determinants of health, including but not limited to tobacco, alcohol, or ultra-processed food industries.
  • Relevant post-doctoral experience (or equivalent work experience) of conducting policy-focused interdisciplinary academic research.
  • Ability to work independently but also as a member of a team, to work on own initiative and meet competing deadlines
  • Demonstrable understanding of ethical frameworks and a commitment to good governance practices for research

(opens new browser tab)As a valued member of our team you can expect:

  • A competitive salary of Grade UE07 £39,347-£46,974 per annum
  • An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work
  • To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community
  • Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work options. Check out the full list on our

(opens in a new page) and use our reward calculator to discover the total value of your pay and benefits.As part of your application, please submit a CV and covering letter that addresses your suitability for the role.Informal questions about this post can be directed to the Hiring Manger, Dr Nason Maani, Co-Investigator and Lecturer (Inequalities and Global Health Policy), via email atExternal applicants, please refer to the guidance in ‘How to Join Us’ to support your application process.For current employees interested in applying for this role, please apply as an internal applicant through the People & Money Current Jobs app.Championing equality, diversity and inclusionThe University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.Prior to any employment commencing with the University you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our (opens new browser tab)The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa. Please note if the role is offered on a part-time basis, it may result in sponsorship being dependant on a number of factors specific to the successful applicant or the role no longer meeting the Home Office’s criteria for sponsorship.Key dates to noteUnless stated otherwise the closing time for applications is 11:59pm GMT. If you are applying outside the UK the closing time on our adverts automatically adjusts to your browsers local time zone.Interviews will typically be held 2-3 weeks after the closing date.About Us: As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.About the Team:The School of Social and Political Science (SPS) is one of the largest and most successful schools of social science in the UK, with global reach and local and global impact. Our goals are to promote excellence in education, research and innovation. The School comprises seven Subject Areas plus a number of research and teaching centres and institutes, and a number of cross-Subject consortia and other units. The academic staff complement currently numbers c.265fte. Our staff profile is multi-disciplinary across the key social sciences with a strong and growing international orientation. The School has c. 2,600 undergraduate and postgraduate taught students on its programmes of study, and c. 250 doctoral researchers.The School’s primary aim is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of social science. We provide an outstanding educational environment and support the highest quality research, tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges. We deliver excellence in discipline-based and interdisciplinary programmes. In addition, as a School, we play a leading role in delivering learning opportunities for students across the University to engage with current global challenges and uncertainties and in equipping students with the social science tools and lenses they need to become active, responsible and critical global citizens and leaders.In REF 2021, the School returned 100% of its eligible staff from Professors to early career researchers; a strategy that combined excellence with inclusion. All four Units of Assessment to which SPS contributed were rated amongst the top five in the UK for their breadth and quality of research. Overall 39% of our research activity was classified as world leading with a further 47% assessed as internationally excellent. For two of our four Units of Assessment – Politics and International Relations, and Social Policy and Social Work – the whole of the research environment achieved the highest possible rating and was judged to be world leading.For further information about our school please visit

Expected salary

£39347 – 46974 per year


Edinburgh – Midlothian

Job date

Wed, 24 Apr 2024 04:50:02 GMT

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