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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The Department of Psychiatry seeks to appoint a full-time post-doctoral researcher for 3 years to work with Professor John O'Brien, Dr Annabel Price and Dr Rudolf Cardinal on an innovative study, funded by the Alzheimer's Society, using anonymised NHS electronic records to examine predictors and outcomes of Lewy body dementia.

Electronic records have existed within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) for some years, and a novel method of anonymisation of these now allows their use for research. This offers an unprecedented ability to study, in representative NHS cohorts, patterns of presentation, diagnosis and outcome of different diseases.

Lewy body dementia is an important but under-diagnosed cause of dementia in older people, often with a poor outcome. By identifying cases of Lewy body dementia (and matched controls) within NHS services in CPFT using e-records, with additional linkage to other databases (for example, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data), this study will examine in detail the patterns of early predictors, presentations and symptoms associated with Lewy body dementia, to facilitate early diagnosis. By examining long term outcome, including mortality, we will identify potentially modifiable factors associated with good and bad outcome. The ultimate aim of the work is, therefore, to develop methods and approaches to improve both the diagnosis and management of Lewy body dementia.

This project is a collaborative study between Cambridge (lead site) and South London and Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Trust/King's College London. The current post will be central to the planning, set-up, conduct of the study and analysis of data from the Cambridge site, as well as having an important co-ordination and oversight role for the overall project.

The post would suit a post-doctoral candidate who has obtained, or is due to obtain, their PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, which could include aspects of dementia, use of e-records or databases, or another closely related area highly relevant to the requirements listed in the person specification.

The position could be available either at the Research Associate or Senior Research Associate level. Appointment to Senior Research Associate is subject to approval from the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.

The post-holder will be required to work as part of a research team, working closely with Professor John O'Brien, Dr Annabel Price (Consultant in Old Age Liaison Psychiatry), Dr Rudolf Cardinal (University Lecturer in Informatics) and other members of the CRIS and clinical teams within CPFT and the University. Close communications and working with our collaborators within SLAM, including Professors Rob Stewart and Dag Aarsland and their teams, will be essential. It is anticipated the candidate appointed would have potential to apply for Fellowships at the end of this project.

This post would offer an excellent opportunity for a researcher to work in an outstanding and vibrant research environment on a highly innovative project in an area of great clinical need.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Adam Baig (HR Administrator) by email: or by telephone: (01223) 761290. Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor John O'Brien or Dr Annabel Price

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. 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 include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is the 18th of June 2017 with interviews likely to be held in Cambridge around the 29th of June 2017.

Please quote reference RN12246 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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