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Supporting ECR involved in public health

Early Career Researcher network

Our Early Career Researcher (ECR) network, comprising more than 200 members, aims to support and increase the visibility of ECR involved or interested in public health. The network organises events to bring together researchers from multi-disciplinary backgrounds - creating opportunities for sharing knowledge and ideas, networking and collaborations. 

Advisory committee

The network's activities are organised through an advisory committee comprising:

  • Jack Birch: PhD student in the MRC Epidemiology Unit examining inequalities in public health interventions.
  • Yuru Huang: PhD student in the MRC Epidemiology Unit focusing on the out-of-home food environment and understanding how it affects our dietary choices and health outcomes.
  • Dr Rakesh Modi: Wellcome Trust PhD Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care looking at successful models of implementing atrial fibrillation screening.
  • Daniel Stubs: PhD student in the Healthcare Design Group in the Department of Engineering. His research is looking at how observational research using electronic health records can be supported by tools from systems engineering. 
  • Anna Gkiouleka: Research Associate with the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. She is currently working on the EQUALISE Study and involved in the CPH Health Inequality research pillar.  
  • Sebastian Walsh: NIHR doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry. His research focuses on developing the evidence base for whole population-based dementia prevention strategies.
  • Iris (Dongying) Ji: Research Associate at the Andrew and Virginia Rudd Research and Professional Practice Centre. She is interested in the interplay of different risk factors for chronic loneliness and common mental health problems.

Careers support for Early Career Researchers

The University of Cambridge Careers service offers support to all students through a team of experienced and impartial careers advisers.

Starting points

  • For Postdocs: A dedicated service with specialist advisors and resources. 
  • PhD students: Careers support for PhD students.

Career Essentials for PhDs and Postdocs

Meet the Careers Service 1:1

  • Appointments with Careers Consultants for postdoctoral and postgrad researchers – interview preparation, application review including CVs and cover letters, career exploration and more.     


Key resources

Join the ECR network


Sign up to our email list to stay informed about ECR events, activities and resources


CPH funding portal provides links to public health research funding opportunities in the UK and beyond

Useful links

CPH education pages provide information about teaching courses and training programmes for career development

Postdoc Academy: The lead organisation within the University of Cambridge with a focus on the postdoc community

Postdocs of Cambridge Society: The Cambridge University Society for postdoctoral research staff and Junior Research Fellows