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Statistician (Genetics or Epidemiology) - Research Assistant/Associate

Research Assistant - £25,298 - £30,175 Research Associate - £29,301 - £38,183

We seek to recruit a talented Statistician either in the field of Genetics or Epidemiology at Research Assistant/Research Associate level. There are a number of projects that would suit a researcher interested in gaining academic experience in cardiovascular/methodological research. The projects will be in the following areas of research:

1) Aortic aneurysms & dissections (TAAD) ¿ These are understudied cardiovascular phenotypes. We will establish a research program to understand the genetic epidemiology of TAAD susceptibility and progression to inform surveillance and preventative strategies

2) Vascular Imaging Phenotypes and cardiovascular outcomes ¿ Using the UK BIOBANK the post will contribute to a collaborative study investigating the genetic determinants of aortic phenotypes and the association with cardiovascular endpoints.

3) Identification of causal high-dimensional intermediate phenotypes associated with a range of cardiovascular diseases using techniques such as Mendelian Randomization.

Essential skills:

1) Masters or PhD in Statistics or a relevant subject or be in the final stages of obtaining their PhD or equivalent experience

2) Experience in analysis of large complex epidemiological datasets

3) Experience of genetic association analysis

4) Ability to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes principal investigators, clinicians, statisticians, project managers and administrators

5) Excellent verbal and written communication skills

6) Strong organisation skills, ability to judge priorities and 'can do' attitude

Desirable Skills:

1) Experience in Mendelian randomisation and or genome-wide association studies

2) Experience with UK Biobank datasets

3) A track record of authoring relevant scientific publications

The Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (CEU) is an internationally recognised interdisciplinary group currently comprising >60 staff and students. It is part of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care (DPHPC), one of Europe's leading academic departments of population health sciences.

The post-holder will have access to data in the Unit's extensive portfolio of studies, including the Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration that comprises >2.5 million participants in total. There will also be opportunities to establish new collaborations with academic partners throughout the UK and abroad.

Appointment at research associate 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 or equivalent experience is recognised".

The post will be jointly supervised by Dr Adam Butterworth (University Lecturer in Integrative Human Genomics at the CEU), Dr Seamus Harrison (Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) & Dr Angela Wood (University Lecturer in Biostatistics)

The funds for these posts are available until 30th April 2020.

Location - Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries can be made to Liza Clarke ( or telephone 01223 748622.

Closing date: 30th July 2017

Interview Date: week commencing 7th August 2017

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference RH11436 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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