Hazel Glass
06-23-2010, 05:49 AM

Job Ref: A682R
Salary: 27,319 - 35,646

Applications are invited for a Movement Science Research Associate in the newly established LIVEWELL programme within the Institute of Health and Society, working in collaboration with the Institute for Ageing and Health and Human Nutrition Research Centre, Newcastle University. The LIVEWELL Programme is 5-year research programme funded through a prestigious Collaborative Grant awarded by the Medical Research Council on behalf of the RCUK Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) initiative. In the LIVEWELL programme, we will develop lifestyle interventions to enhance health and wellbeing in later life, under the directorship of Professor John Mathers.
You will be responsible for undertaking research, appraising evidence for, and developing and piloting, an integrated suite of outcome measures for the healthy ageing phenotype that are: suitable for use in large numbers of subjects; responsive; robust, and useable in community settings. They will be used to evaluate physical activity interventions that can be delivered during the transition into retirement to promote health and well-being under the direction of Professor Lynn Rochester, Dr Mike Trenell and Professor Mike Catt. We are particularly interested in the use of accelerometry to measure changes in physical behaviour patterns, free living activity and energy expenditure. You will work in close collaboration with other disciplines (public health, psychology, sociology) in the programme.
Applicants should have previous experience in research (preferably with older people). You should have a PhD in movement science or in a relevant discipline (e.g. physiology, sports science, biomechanics) and research experience in research relevant to measurement of human movement. Excellent communication, team working and organisational skills are essential. Experience of systematic reviewing, intervention development and quantitative research methods are desirable. For an informal discussion of the post, please contact Prof Lynn Rochester (e-mail lynn.rochester@ncl.ac.uk). The post is available immediately and is tenable for 3 years.
Closing date for applications is 7 July 2010.