Research Assistant/Associate in Health Data Science

University of Cambridge Department of Public Health and Primary Care

We are currently seeking a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in health data science to join our team in the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (CEU) and Cambridge Baker Systems Genomics Initiative (CBSGI) of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care (DPHPC). The post will suit an ambitious researcher interested in studying cardiometabolic diseases and their commonly occurring comorbidities by applying their skills to analyse large-scale genomic and phenotypic data in the CEU's broad portfolio of genetic and multi-omic data from different cohorts.

The primary role of the post holder will be to lead projects involving the quantitative analysis and interpretation of genomic and phenotypic data using polygenic scores, GWAS, Mendelian randomisation, and other statistical and machine-learning methods. The successful role-holder will have research interests aligned with those of our groups and the freedom to develop their own ideas for new research by contributing to the preparation of new grant applications. Initial possibilities for research projects include:

  • Developing polygenic scores that incorporate both rare and common variants, thus using the full spectrum of allele frequencies for genetic prediction
  • Integrating multi-omics data to determine the molecular etiology of specific cardiometabolic multimorbidity patterns
  • Prediction of multimorbidity trajectories by combining data from health records (diagnoses, medications), lifestyle factors, and genetic data

This position is full time and is available for up to 2 years from commencement in post initially with the possibility of extension.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Pension schemes
  • Hybrid working through a blend of remote and office working
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement

Location - University of Cambridge Heart and Lung Research Institute, Biomedical Campus, Papworth Road, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 0BB

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Sam Lambert

Closing date: 26 March 2023

Interview Date: Week commencing 10 April 2023

*Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be, awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded (PhD needs to be awarded within 6 months of the start date).

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