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Research Fellow in Malnutrition, Obesity and Public Health

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in the area of malnutrion (under-nutrition and/or obesity) and public health, or experience of conducting health research in China? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research-intensive Universities?

The double burden of malnutrition (DBM) refers to the coexistence of undernutrition, including stunting, wasting, and underweight; with overweight and obesity in a society. The DBM, accompanied with micronutrients deficiency (MND) in childhood, is a significant risk for impaired physical and cognitive growth and development.China's fast economic development has seen increasing incidence of overweight/obese children in affluent regions which results from an imbalance of energy consumption and expenditure. In recognition of these problems, China has developed national dietary guidelines to promote healthy diets in children. Furthermore, nutritional intervention strategies have been undertaken and shown effectiveness in addressing MND and undernutrition in children. However, a major challenge is to scale-up these interventions to the whole population using a combined food system approach and this is the aim of the research for which this post is advertised.   

The research will be conducted in partnership with the Nutrition and Health Institute of China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) and the China National Health Development Research Centre (CNHDRC). The field research programme spans a number of regions in China representing different levels of development involving a large cohort of study participants (children and their parents/carers). The research aims to assess the social economic and environmental barriers and develop novel approaches to improve the scalability of food-system based strategies (supplementation, biofortification, culturally acceptable educational materials and nutritional guidelines for schools) aimed at reducing MND associated with the DBM in China and beyond. There will also be the opportunity to be involved in experimental research within the project, assessing children's preferences and cognitive and physical functions as well as behavioural interventions to increase liking of certain foods.

With a PhD in nutrition, public health, epidemiology, psychology or a closely allied discipline, you will have a strong background in nutritional epidemiology research and/or qualitative research and statistical skills/experience. You will also have experiece of conducting research with human participants and the ability to travel to and conduct field visits in China.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Yun Yun Gong

Tel: +44 (0)113 3431413, email: y.gong@leeds.ac.uk 


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Food Science & Nutrition
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 30th Jan 2023)
Release Date:  Wednesday 08 January 2020
Closing Date:  Friday 07 February 2020
Reference:  ENVFS1007
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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