College of Life Sciences & Medicine
Closing Date: 14 Mar 2013
Salary from £30,424
Applications are invited for the post of Research
Fellow in Health Psychology to investigate the
impact of product presentation on snack food
consumption. The position will be supervised
jointly by the Aberdeen Health Psychology Group
(within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences)
and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.
The Rowett Institute is one of the foremost nutrition research institutes in Europe, and
has excellent support facilities. There are a wide range of research projects carried out
within the Institute, from molecular nutrition through to public health, and
collaboration across disciplines is encouraged. The successful candidate will form part
of a new socioeconomic team working across Institute disciplines and University
departments, including Health Psychology, Public Health Nutrition, Health Promotion,
and Health Economics.
The post is funded by the Scottish Government for a period of 3 years (until March 31st
2016). Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 Scale (starting at £30,424)
for Research Fellow appointments. Consideration will be given to making an
appointment at Research Assistant level in the first instance (salary range £25,504 -
£28,685 per annum) for individuals in the final stages of completing their PhD.
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Julia Allan
Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required
to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier
2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to
demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and
competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact , HR Adviser, for further
information on this.
To apply online for this position visit www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs
UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES AND MEDICINE
ROWETT INSTITUTE OF NUTRITION AND HEALTH
RESEARCH FELLOW – HEALTH / COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
REF NO: YRW048R
FURTHER PARTICULARS FOR APPLICANTS
1. THE POST
Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow in Psychology to investigate the impact of
product packaging and presentation on snack food consumption. The position will be supervised
jointly by the Aberdeen Health Psychology Group (within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences) and
the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health. The post is funded for 3 years (until March 31 2016).
The Rowett Institute is one of the foremost nutrition research institutes in Europe, and has excellent
support facilities. There is a wide range of research projects carried out within the Institute, from
molecular nutrition through to public health, and collaboration across disciplines is encouraged. The
successful candidate will form part of a new socioeconomic team working across Institute disciplines
and University departments, including Health Psychology, Public Health Nutrition, Health Promotion,
and Health Economics.
The Aberdeen Health Psychology Group is a multi-disciplinary research group applying psychological
theories and methods to a range of issues in health, illness and healthcare. The group works closely
with other researchers in Health Services Research and Public Health within the Institute of Applied
Health Sciences, and collaborates with researchers from a wide range of disciplines both nationally
and internationally. The Health Psychology Group is committed to encouraging training and
developing the expertise of the team, and holds monthly training workshops for its postgraduates,
postdoctoral fellows and research staff; the post holder will be encouraged and supported to attend
additional appropriate training courses.
2. KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The main duties of the post include:
Helping to design experiments to test the effects of different types of product packaging and
presentation on consumers’ consumption of these products.
Reviewing relevant literature from academic, industry and policy sources
Recruiting participants from multiple different socioeconomic backgrounds
Day to day running of the project, including recruitment, data collection and data entry
Contributing to data analysis
Disseminating study results through journal publications and presentations at national and
Contributing to the teaching and learning programmes that the Health Psychology Group is
involved in, including supervision of postgraduate students;
Engaging in continuous professional development by attending appropriate courses and
conferences to expand knowledge of theoretical and methodological developments relating to
3. ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Reflecting the duties outline above, you will need to demonstrate most of the following attributes:
PhD in health, consumer, marketing or cognitive psychology or an MSc plus extensive
experience which demonstrates the skills to operate at this level and the graduate basis for
registration with the British Psychological Society
Evidence of academic writing skills
Good time management skills
Evidence of working independently and evidence of timely delivery of research outputs
Ability to work autonomously using your own initiative, being self motivated to take work
Ability to search and critique the relevant literature
Ability to analyse quantitative data
Good people skills
Ability to supervise students
Good IT skills
Good organisational and communication skills
Relevant experience of dietary or consumer choice (or conceptually related) research
Experience of designing and implementing controlled experiments.
Good record of relevant peer reviewed publications and presentations, with some as first
Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
4. THE UNIVERSITY
The University of Aberdeen, which was founded in 1495, has over 14,000 full-time matriculated
students. The University is a world-class research-led centre of learning and teaching excellence.
Coupled with these excellent results, the biological and medical researchers have a strong track
record of grant income from the UK research councils, EU and medical charities.
The University has two campuses. The King’s College Campus retains its medieval layout and village
atmosphere, its fifteenth-century cathedral and its sixteenth-century university chapel. This heritage is
fused with modern, state of the art facilities for research, learning and teaching, making it fit for
purpose for the students of today. The Foresterhill campus is approximately 1.5 miles from King’s, a
comfortable walk through leafy streets. The University currently employs more than 3900 staff
including 1600 academics and has a turnover in excess of £180 million per annum (web site:
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/). Eleven areas of research at the University have been ranked in the 2008
Research Assessment Exercise amongst the top 25% in the UK: Health Services Research;
Biological Sciences; Agriculture and Food Science; Pure Mathematics; General Engineering; Town
and Country Planning; Anthropology; French; English Language and Literature; Theology, Divinity
and Religious Studies; and History.
The University's organisational and management structure operates within a devolved managerial and
budget system. Academic units are grouped into three colleges: Arts and Social Sciences, Life
Sciences and Medicine and Physical Sciences.
5. THE COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES AND MEDICINE
The College comprises the following five academic Schools, supported by the Graduate School:
School of Biological Sciences (Head of School: Prof Elizabeth Baggs)
School of Medicine and Dentistry (Head of School: Prof David Reid)
School of Medical Sciences (Head of School: Prof Colin McCaig)
School of Psychology (Head of School: Prof Neil MacRae)
The Rowett Institute for Nutrition and Health (Director: Prof Peter Morgan)
Graduate School (Director of School: Dr Bernadette Connolly)
The College of Life Sciences and Medicine was created in 2003 as part of organisational restructuring
throughout the University. The College, led by Professor Mike Greaves, Head of College, is home to
over 3000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is internationally recognised as a research-
led centre for teaching excellence and increasingly commercialisation. The College is run by the
Head of College and Heads of School, who have line management responsibilities, with strategic
direction and leadership provided by College Directors of Teaching and Research together with
Directors of Research Institutes.
The main driver for the creation of Colleges was to create organisational units large enough to provide
managerial, budgetary and planning capacity to determine their own strategies and to manage their
own finances at a high level. Within Colleges, structures have been created to support staff and to
promote research and teaching collaborations. This also applies to working between the Colleges to
ensure interdisciplinary work flourishes.
The School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of Medical Sciences are co-located within two
research institutes on the Foresterhill Medical Campus: the Institute of Applied Health Sciences and
the Institute of Medical Sciences. The Schools of Biological Sciences (with its Institute of Biological
and Environmental Sciences) and Psychology are located a short distance away on the historic Old
Aberdeen Campus, which houses the rest of the University. The College has benefitted from
significant estate and infrastructure development in the past 10 years with refurbishments of its
Polwarth, Cruickshank and Zoology buildings, the last incorporating a science teaching facility. New
build projects have created the Institute of Medical Sciences, the Medical Research Facility, the
Health Sciences Building, the deep sea facilities at Oceanlab 1 and 2, the Life Science Innovation
building and the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare.
Looking ahead, a major new build project is in planning, a new home at Foresterhill for the Rowett
Research Institute that merged with the University in summer 2008.
6. THE CITY OF ABERDEEN
With the population approaching 250,000, Aberdeen is big enough to provide all the advantages of
city life, yet compact enough to enjoy the more intimate atmosphere usually associated with small
Aberdeen caters for a wide range of tastes in sporting and cultural activities. To find out more about
Aberdeen and its surrounding area go to www.VisitScotland.com and click on Aberdeen on the map.
7. SALARY AND TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil
the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As
appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that
you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do
not hesitate to contact Lynda Johnston, HR Adviser, for further information on this.
Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 scale (£30,424 - £36,298) for Research Fellow
appointments. Placement on the salary scales will be according to qualifications and experience.
Consideration will be given to making an appointment at Research Assistant level in the first instance
(salary range £25,504 - £28,685 per annum) for individuals in the final stages of completing their PhD.
As this post is funded by Scottish Government it will be offered for a period of 3 years.
It is the policy of the University, in line with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007,
that the postholder is a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. Any offer of
employment will be conditional on a satisfactory Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme Record
check being received.
9. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Julia Allan, (email: email@example.com)
PLEASE DO NOT SEND CV’S OR APPLICATIONS FORMS TO THE SCHOOL OR DR JULIA
Online application forms and further information is available at www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs.
Please quote reference YRW048R on all correspondence.
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 14 March 2013