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Research Assistant or Research Fellow (GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub)

Department of Disease Control

Salary:  £34,854 to £45,437 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date:  Sunday 12 April 2020
Reference:  ITD-DCD-2020-09

Applications are invited for early career researchers (Research Assistant or Research Fellow) with interests and experience in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and child health. The post holder will support multiple research activities as part of the GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub ( The post holder will provide primary support to hub workstreams investigating the links between domestic hygiene practices and stunting outcomes as well as provide additional support to workstreams related to nutrition, food environments, and child health outcomes. The post holder will be directly engaged with field-based research activities investigating 1) the contribution of the home environment and domestic behaviours to stunting outcomes and 2) the design and piloting of interventions to change domestic behaviours relevant to child health outcomes.

The GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub is a transdisciplinary, UKRI-funded initiative to understand and address the multifactorial determinants and consequences of child stunting with strong in-country partners in India, Indonesia, and Senegal. 

The successful applicant will have an MSc degree in a relevant field either awarded or imminent or imminent (RA), a postgraduate degree, ideally a doctoral degree, in a relevant field (RF); relevant experience in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), environmental health, nutrition, and/or behaviour change research and/or nutrition research in low- and middle-income countries with demonstrated contributions to peer-reviewed outputs; demonstrated training or experience in epidemiological methods / statistical analysis and appropriate statistical analysis / data management software (Stata or R); demonstrate familiarity with a range of research methodologies, good communication and people management skills, and an ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with in-country partners. Further particulars are included in the job description.  

This full-time post, based in London, is available immediately and is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for 18 months with the potential for extension. The salary will be on the Academic Grade 5 scale for Research Assistants in the range £34,854-£40,011 or Academic Grade 6 for Research Fellows in the range £40,011-£45,437, per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

Applications should be made online via our website at Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted.  Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Please quote reference ITD-DCD-2020-09

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable.

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

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