Research Fellow

The Rowett Institute is one of the foremost nutrition research institutes in Europe undertaking research to address some of the most compelling contemporary problems in nutrition. Much of our research is funded by the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme and closely linked to SEFARI ( We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join a research team modelling social aspects of dietary behaviours around healthy, environmentally sustainable diets by linking nutrition, environmental impacts and food culture.


Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health
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Full Time
Duration of Post
Funding/Activity Limited
Grade 6
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We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher fellow to support research led by Professor Jennie Macdiarmid. The purpose of the project is to understand the role of social and cultural factors associated with food choices with the aim of moving the population towards eating healthy and environmentally sustainable diets. We are using agent-based modelling to simulate a complex social system, particularly studying the role of social networks. The main role of the post-doctoral fellow is to continue the development of existing agent-based models and test potential policy scenarios for achieving healthy and environmentally sustainable diets. The successful candidate will join the interdisciplinary research team working on the wider programme of research on food culture and sustainable diets.

The work is funded by the Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme. 

We are seeking a highly motivated, ambitious and conscientious individual to join an interdisciplinary research team studying healthy and environmentally sustainable diets. This project is modelling social and cultural factors associated with food choices, focused on shifting the population towards eating healthy, sustainable diets. The successful candidate will have skills in modelling complex systems.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

The appointment will be available until 31 March 2022 and made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

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This post does not meet the minimum requirements as issued by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer-sponsored visa. We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require sponsorship to work in the UK.


Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 27 October 2020

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Professor Jennie Macdiarmid


Please do not send application forms or CVs to Professor Macdiarmid

Please quote reference number ROW070R on all correspondence