Research Fellow – AR2735GB
School of Medicine
Vacancy Description
School of Medicine Salary: £35,333 per annum Start date: as soon as possible Fixed term: 12 months

Applications are sought for a committed Post-doctoral Research Fellow to work with Dr Andrew James Williams and Dorothy Currie conducting developmental research into participatory and technological methods of collecting data on the determinants of child and adolescent health behaviours in order to inform health promoting interventions. The primary duties will be to undertake the following three tasks:


  1. Complete a scoping review into the apps or other tools children and adolescents use in relation to their physical health (e.g. diet, physical activity, sleep). This will involve looking at both peer reviewed literature and other sources like app stores.

  2. Analyse Scottish Health Survey data and other sources of adolescent health data (e.g. Health Behaviour of School Aged Children (HBSC) survey) to identify clusters of health conditions and/or health related behaviours (e.g. musculoskeletal conditions and sedentary behaviour) in adolescents which could contribute to morbidity (e.g. obesity) in later life.

  3. Contribute to the co-development of a data collection tool, app or other resource to gather child health and related determinants data from children themselves. This could build on apps like COVID tracker Zoe, Ménière’s Monitor and MIHealth (developed by primary school children in Wales). This will involve working with the Children’s Parliament, and other experts, and would combine participatory research methods like photovoice and mapping, and citizen science to start to collect data on determinants of child health and wellbeing from the child perspective.

The successful applicant will have (or be near to completion of) a PhD in public health, epidemiology, child health or related subject with expertise in participatory research methods, statistical analysis and public engagement.


The post is available for 12 months starting as soon as possible.


Further details of the project can be found by contacting Dr Andrew James Williams (


Applications are particularly welcome from people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in research posts at the University.


Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience. We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network. Full details available online:


Closing Date: 12 October 2022

Interview Date: TBC

Please quote ref: AR2735GB

Further Particulars: AR2735GB FPs.doc


School of Medicine

Salary: £35,333 per annum S

tart date: as soon as possible

Fixed term: 12 months