Research Associate in Biostatistics

Imperial College London School of Public Health

Job summary

We are seeking a Research Associate in Biostatistics to work on a project (https://www.wcrf.org/dietandcancer/about) funded by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) that aims to regularly update the epidemiological literature on the role of diet, nutritional status, anthropometric characteristics and physical activity on cancer prevention and prognosis, by conducting updated systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses. We summarise and...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02647
  • Date posted 26 August 2021
  • Closing date 26 September 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location St Mary's Campus (map)
  • Position type Part time, fixed term
  • Salary £41,593 – £49,210 (pro rata) plus benefits
  • Department School of Public Health
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking a Research Associate in Biostatistics to work on a project (https://www.wcrf.org/dietandcancer/about) funded by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) that aims to regularly update the epidemiological literature on the role of diet, nutritional status, anthropometric characteristics and physical activity on cancer prevention and prognosis, by conducting updated systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses.

We summarise and critically appraise relevant research findings and judge the quality of the evidence that contributes to the evidence base that is used by an International Panel of Experts in the development and revision of lifestyle recommendations for the public and cancer patients (https://www.wcrf.org/dietandcancer/recommendations-about). The Project, funded by and a long-term commitment of WCRF, has been on-going since 2007. The World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research Third Expert Report, including ten updated evidence-based Cancer Prevention Recommendations, were published in 2018.

You will be accountable directly to the PIs of the Continuous Update Project team at Imperial College London, namely Dr Kostas Tsilidis and Dr Doris Chan. You will also work closely with a team of three junior nutritionists / epidemiologists, a database manager and another post-doctoral fellow, working in the nutritional and molecular epidemiology of cancer.

Duties and responsibilities

We are seeking a talented biostatistician / epidemiologist who is familiar with nutritional epidemiology and evidence synthesis methods to join our Imperial College London Continuous Update Project team, which is at the cutting edge of developments in nutritional epidemiology and public health.

You will be responsible for working with and guiding a team of three junior nutritionists / epidemiologists and a database manager, who are performing literature searches, study selection and data extraction into the project’s database. You will also work closely with another post-doctoral fellow and the two project PIs to undertake project management, summarize and critically appraise the evidence, prepare scientific reports and publications, and attract external research funding. You will work closely with other researchers both within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EBS), WCRF and with an external group of international experts for this project.

Essential requirements

We are looking to appoint individuals with a background in biostatistics, epidemiology, nutrition, or other related disciplines, with analytical and interpretative skills of evidence synthesis data.

You will apply your expertise to collect, summarize, analyze and critically appraise the literature evidence on diet, nutritional status, anthropometric characteristics and physical activity on cancer risk and prognosis.

Further information

The post is part time (0.60 FTE / 3 days per week), fixed term until 30 September 2022 based at the St Mary’s Campus (Paddington).

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.

For further information contact contact Dr Kostas Tsilidis (k.tsilidis@imperial.ac.uk) or Dr Doris Chan (d.chan@imperial.ac.uk).

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