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Research Associate in Primary Care Cancer Research

This is an exceptional opportunity for a researcher with an interest in primary care cancer detection/diagnostic research to work with a world-leading group. CanTest is a five-year international collaboration for capacity building, education and research, funded by Cancer Research UK's first Catalyst Award. The CanTest collaboration is a multi-site programme co-led between Cambridge and Exeter, and including two other UK institutions, Leeds and UCL, and international partners in Houston-US, Seattle-US, Aarhus-Denmark and Melbourne-Australia, see

The overall research task is to examine which tests for cancer or risk of future cancer (such as blood tests, imaging tests, decision support tools etc.) can be performed in primary care, including existing tests, tests currently in secondary care, and new or emerging tests. We will examine five broad aspects of tests in the whole collaborative: do they perform adequately; are they acceptable to clinicians; are they acceptable to patients; are there specific safety issues arising from them; is usage of the test supported on health-economic grounds?

Candidates must have a PhD and will be expected to lead on one or more of these aspects over a series of candidate diagnostics (single or combinations of tests or testing pathways). Thus there are a number of possible skill sets/experience that would be appropriate, including in primary care research studies, clinical trials, multi-methods or quantitative health services research, and healthcare epidemiology/statistics using routine datasets.

The successful applicant will be ambitious, motivated, and have experience/knowledge in a related area including in primary care research studies, clinical trials, multi-methods or quantitative health services research, and healthcare epidemiology/statistics using routine datasets. Applicants with a relevant PhD, or equivalent research experience, are encouraged to apply. We anticipate the postholder will use the post not only to develop their own disciplinary skills and their skills in this research field, but to progress towards successful application for a post-doctoral fellowship in the latter part of the post. We also expect the postholder to contribute to and teach within our newly established International School for Cancer Detection Research in Primary Care.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience)

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.

This post is a full-time position. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working.

In the first instance the funds for these posts are available until 31st July 2020.

The post holder will be based at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care's, Primary Care Unit, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

For further information about the Cambridge post, you can contact Dr Fiona Walter, email

Interviews are expected to take place in Cambridge during the w/c 17th July 2017.

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 quote reference SN12299 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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