Research Associate in Molecular Epidemiology

Imperial College London School of Public Health

Job summary

We are seeking an Epidemiologist to work on the Public Health theme of the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK). Funding for this post is from HDR UK (https://www.hdruk.ac.uk/) which is the new national institute for data science for health, which was established in 2018 with long term funding support from research councils, UKRI, charitable and governmental research funders. HDR UK seeks to drive improvements in the health of patients and...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01876
  • Date posted 18 June 2020
  • Closing date 19 July 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location St Mary's Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department School of Public Health
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking an Epidemiologist to work on the Public Health theme of the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK).

Funding for this post is from HDR UK (https://www.hdruk.ac.uk/) which is the new national institute for data science for health, which was established in 2018 with long term funding support from research councils, UKRI, charitable and governmental research funders. HDR UK seeks to drive improvements in the health of patients and populations through research at regional and national scale. The triple mission of HDR UK spans discovery of disease mechanisms in science through:

(i)            Precision medicine and trials to public health;

(ii)        Establishing platforms and underlying infrastructure to enable research at national scale;

(iii)          Developing training and capacity opportunities.

To deliver this mission, the five major London universities – UCL (coordinating), Imperial College London, King’s College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary University of London – came together as a pan London Site. The terms of this partnership are set out in the Site Agreement. The six HDR UK Sites include London, Cambridge University (the Sanger and European Bioinformatics Institute), Oxford, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales/ Northern Ireland. This post is funded (in whole or part) by HDR UK and is expected to deliver collaborations across multiple sites in the UK to advance nationally prioritised projects. You are required to list HDR UK author affiliation and acknowledge HDR UK as a funder in all publications and presentations.

In brief, we will study the impact of the environment on health by leveraging large-scale data collections drawn from across organisations. You will be based in the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU, www.sahsu.org) in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. SAHSU maintains large databases of health data, environmental exposures, and socio-demographic factors at the small area level and carries out substantive research on environment and health. SAHSU has considerable experience and expertise in epidemiological methods, with a focus on spatial epidemiology and small area analyses

Duties and responsibilities

To work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary research team and apply suitable techniques for the analysis of complex biomedical data including omics, conducting and interpreting data analysis. The post holder will provide guidance to staff and students on the analysis and interpretation of complex biomedical data and actively participate in the research programme of the Group and Unit. The post holder will be expected to perform any other duties as may be deemed reasonable by Head of group as well as Head of Division/Department/Section.

Essential requirements

We are looking to appoint an individual with a background in epidemiology, public health (quantitative) or biostatistics, with analytical and interpretative skills in large-scale population data. You will be interested in gaining/sharing knowledge and experience within and outside their domains.

Further information

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum

The post is full time and fixed term, for 24 months.

For further information and an informal discussion contact Dr Elizabeth Hayes (e.hayes@imperial.ac.uk), for a formal discussion please contact Dr Bethan Davies (bethan.davies06@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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