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Research Assistant - Global Health Epidemiologist

We seek to recruit a Global Health Epidemiologist who is eager to apply her/his skills to assisting in the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit's (CEU) portfolio of large-scale global health studies. The CEU is within the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge.

An ideal candidate should have:

1) an outstanding academic track record

2) be clinically qualified with a keen career interest in global health research

3) completed a relevant Masters degree in Epidemiology or Health Sciences or global health

4) experience in quantitative research, specifically in high-level analyses of large-scale prospective cohort/trial data

5) track record in academic writing skills, demonstrated by publication records and drafting of grant applications

6) experience in teaching/ teaching assistance to support undergraduate/graduate courses in established universities

The post-holder will assist the lead PI (Dr Rajiv Chowdhury) in the CEU global health studies, including:

1) Bangladesh Longitudinal Investigation of Emerging Vascular Events (BELIEVE) Study - a 100k-person cohort study in Bangladesh (co-ordinating centre: PHPC, University of Cambridge, UK)

2) Bangladesh Risk of Acute Vascular Events (BRAVE) Study - a 16k-person case-control study in Bangladesh (co-ordinating centre: PHPC, University of Cambridge, UK)

3) Malaysian Risk of Acute Vascular Events study (MAVERIK) - a 5k-person case-control study in Malaysia (co-ordinating centre: PHPC, University of Cambridge, UK)

4) Sri Lanka Health Intervention and Non-communicable Events Study (SHINES) - a 10k-person cohort study in Sri Lanka (co-ordinating centre: PHPC, University of Cambridge, UK)

Main Duties:

1) Support preparation of scientific reports on Global Health, including i) epidemiological data analyses ii) manuscript preparation iii) grant application drafts

2) Help develop and document scientific protocols for established and emerging global health epidemiological and interventional studies of the CEU

3) Provide support in the scientific coordination aspects of CEU studies, including i) revising scientific data collection approaches ii) amending scientific questionnaires iii) prioritise biomarker hypotheses for measurements of biosamples, iv) develop ideas for innovative sub-studies

4) Provide support in scientific monitoring of the studies, including i) study progress ii) evaluation of scientific methods

5) Assist departmental teaching efforts in Global Health.

Qualifications & Experience:

1) Have completed a relevant Master's degree in Epidemiology or Health Sciences or global health, preferably with a clinical background

2) Knowledge of general principles of good clinical/research practice

3) Strong organisation skills and ability to judge priorities

4) A systematic and rigorous approach to work

5) Highly competent in Microsoft Office e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook

6) Highly competent in data analyses software e.g. Stata

7) High-level report writing and presentation skills

The funds for these posts are available until 30 September 2020

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

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

Closing date: 4th September 2017

Interview Date: Week 11th September 2017

Please 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 RH12991 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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