Research Associate/Fellow - Healthier Societies Program
- Part or Full Time (0.6 - 1 FTE) opportunity
- Global role, with UK base preferred (however location flexibility available for the right candidate)
- Fixed term contract, until June 2023
- Respected global research organisation
- Make an impact on global health outcomes
The George Institute (TGI) is 700+ people around the world, all focused on improving the health of millions of people worldwide. As a medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to:
- Find better treatments for the world's biggest health problems
- Transform primary health care to support better health for more people
- Harness the power of communities, governments and markets to improve health
Our innovative commercial enterprises help maximise our impact.
Please visit 'what we do' to read more about how we are addressing the world's biggest health problems.
The Healthier Societies Program is one of three, and the newest, of the Strategic Priority areas outlined in the institute’s 2025 Strategy. The program is guided by a Strategic Action Plan which lays out a series of research priorities and strategic enablers undertaken by staff and students across all regional offices of the Institute. The Program builds on the institute's existing strengths in areas such as food policy and injury prevention and extends this work into emerging areas of research, including the Commercial Determinants of Health (CDoH) – defined simply as the pathways through which commercial actors influence health. Current research in this area covers messaging work for WHO, conceptual work governance and accountability in relation to these determinants, as well as more focused work on the influence of the food and alcohol industry on food policy outcomes.
The George Institute seeks to engage a researcher who will support the consolidation of a community of practice and the development of a program of research, policy engagement and other activities on the Commercial Determinants of Health (CDoH) across the Institute.
The Research Associate / Research Fellow will work as a member of the Healthier Societies Program team, which spans the UK, India and Australia and links with colleagues in China. They will work directly with The George's researchers in the UK and elsewhere, building relationships with counterparts at Imperial College London (ICL), with which The George Institute, UK works in collaboration. They will also develop and strengthen relationships with key global health actors and researchers focused on the commercial determinants of health, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. There is also potential for the right candidate to develop, or continue to build, their own independent research program on related topics alongside these activities.
Duties and Key Responsibilities
- Convene regular meetings of internal staff and students interested on the CDoH (and keep a record of action points arising)
- Develop a shared drive of materials related to the work of the Institute on the CDoH Map existing work on the CDoH, including that not currently framed as such, and undertake a stakeholder mapping/audit of other major research groups to identify gaps/potentially collaborations
- Work with colleagues to support the articulation of a research agenda on the CDoH and identify possible priorities for the institute
- Support the institute’s staff more systematically to reach out to potential external research collaborators on CDoH
- Support the development of a session on CDoH at The George research forum (April or May 2022) and under the rubric of the Healthier Societies sessions (an informal seminar series)
- Support/Contribute to development or reform of internal George Guidelines on engaging with the commercial sector, considering emerging recognition of the CDoH
- Identify (and contribute to) possible grant opportunities on the CDoH
- Work with colleagues to draft grant proposals on CDoH, with the possibility of involvement in their execution, as well as contribute to publications on CDoH
- Contribute to and develop a portfolio of George research projects on the CDoH.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- At least 5+ years’ research experience in global health or related sectors in an academic research environment
- Emerging publication track record
- Research on the commercial determinants of health; social determinants of health
- Team leadership and management
- Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to understand and interpret complex research and scientific projects, and to communicate key messages to specialist and non-specialist audiences in an engaging and accessible manner
- Strong interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to build and maintain strong, effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Ability to work within tight deadlines and manage projects independently, prioritizing and managing workflow and ensuring high-quality outputs.
For more information, please see the position description here.
This is a great opportunity for you to work on exciting projects and make an impact on global health outcomes.
The closing date for applications is midnight, Thursday 31st March 2022.
Type of career: Jobs
Country: United Kingdom
City: Global role, with UK base
Application close date: 31/03/2022