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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Chronic Disease Epidemiologist / Statistical Epidemiologist) (Fixed Term)

Research Associate £31,604-£38,833

Senior Research Associate £39,922-£50,618

NB: The status of Senior Research Associate is awarded on the basis of individual merit and may be awarded to the successful candidate if approved by the Faculty Board of the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

This post will perform a key scientific role in the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit.

The main role will be to coordinate and implement analyses of various risk factors for cardiovascular disease in a portfolio of studies involving large epidemiological databases.

Specific examples of these analyses may include:

  • assessing novel and emerging risk factors for association with cardiovascular disease in multi-study consortia;
  • investigating the incremental benefit of adding novel risk factors to existing cardiovascular risk prediction scores;
  • integrating genetic data with cardiovascular risk factors to assess causality of associations.

Such analyses will provide internationally unique and unusually detailed insights into the relevance of novel risk factors to cardiovascular disease. The role will involve contributing importantly to a series of high-impact publications. The post holder will also help to establish new projects, and contribute to core projects within the CEU. The post-holder will work closely with the other members of the team, and liaise with other members of the CEU group.

The post-holder will be expected to lead the CEU's contributions to several major UK Biobank projects and, additionally, act as the Unit's coordinator for UK Biobank projects.

The post holder will work in close conjunction with the senior epidemiologists in the CEU, including: Professor John Danesh, Dr Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Dr Adam Butterworth. You will be assigned to work principally in a group led by one of these individuals. You will also work closely with other members of the CEU and scientific collaborators based in other institutions.

Key Responsibilities: - Designing and leading analyses of specific hypotheses relating to emerging / novel risk factors and cardiovascular disease in epidemiological databases - Working closely with colleagues to help interpret findings and draft manuscripts and other reports for publication - Working with statisticians and other colleagues in the CEU to help develop and implement methodologically appropriate analysis strategies for planned investigations - Anticipating, communicating and solving any potential problems that arise with analyses or other aspects of research projects - Contributing to reports, presentations and publications by preparing numerical and graphical summaries using relevant computer software - Assist in preparation of grant applications to secure further funding for relevant projects - Helping establish new projects and research consortia relating to risk factors - Helping establish new projects and research consortia relating to risk factors - Reviewing, analysing or presenting information based on risk factors or other projects when requested

Education and Qualifications: Relevant PhD (or equivalent experience is recognised)

Relevant Experience: Experience of using Microsoft Office and statistical software (eg, Stata or R). Experience of using UK Biobank data would be advantageous

Informal enquiries can be made to Liza Clarke (

Location of post: Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge, CB1 8RN

The funds for these posts are available until 31st December 2020 in the first instance.

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.

Closing Date: 31 January 2018

Interview Date: Week 12 February 2018

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 e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RH14375 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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