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University Senior Lecturer in Transfusion and Transplantation Data Science (Fixed Term)


MRC Biostatistics Unit at University of Cambridge is looking to recruit an unestablished University Senior Lecturer. This new post has been created to strengthen the quantitative and statistical aspects of the joint programme of research between the University of Cambridge and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

The post is funded by NHSBT as part of its research strategy of embedding its researchers within academic departments. NHSBT funds five Principal Investigator (PI) posts within the University of Cambridge (Professor in Experimental Haematology, Readership in Transfusion Medicine, three Senior Lecturers/Readers), which will increase to six by this new post.

The post-holder will be a senior academic staff member of the Unit. She/he will be expected to have a strong research background in developing statistical methods for large data sets, applying them to data and supporting the translation of methods into routine use by NHSBT. In addition they will have expertise and interests to enable development of an independent programme of research related to the research strategic objectives of NHSBT, with scope to develop additional programmes of research consistent with the BSU's overall strategy. The post-holder will be expected to explore and capitalise on opportunities to use other data sets available to health researchers to answer questions related to NHSBT research strategy.

The main role of the post holder will be to perform research with broader relevance to NHSBT's services. The post holder will allocate at least 85% of time to academic research and approximately 15% of time to work with NHSBT staff to explore opportunities for translating research findings into service innovation.

The main themes of research at the BSU are all relevant to NHSBT's strategy and the work of the postholder will complement these. Donor health and transplantation outcome and introduction of personalised blood donation schedules fall within the Precision Medicine and Inference for Complex Outcomes remit, the design and execution of randomised trials for the use of blood-derived and other NHSBT products fits well with Design and Analysis of Randomised Trials, while the Statistical methods Using data Resources to improve Population Health theme can help make NHSBT service innovation decisions increasingly evidence based and expertise in Statistical Omics theme can play an essential future role in optimising the matching of donated tissues to their recipients (applicable to blood, platelets, stem cells and solid organs), and for the identification of the most optimal clones of pluripotent stem cells to generate blood cells for therapeutic use.

The postholder will be expected to work closely with the NHSBT Statistics and Clinical Studies team who analyse transfusion and transplantation data already, they will support the post holder to understand the data and enable the translation of novel methods into 'business as usual'. Areas where data science is felt to be potentially very useful for NHSBT are understanding donor motivation and behaviour, the use of blood cell genotyping results, optimising matching between products and donors of blood, stem cells and organs and the analysis of transfusion and transplantation outcome data to further improve the service.

There will also be exciting opportunities to work with large and new datasets held or being accessible by various groups in the BSU or the Clinical School (e.g. UK Biobank, NIHR BioResource, 100,000 Genomes Project). The post-holder will be expected to contribute to coordination and delivery of research / teaching / training in the BSU.

The programme of research will be agreed with NHSBT Research and Development Committee and the MRC BSU and will be peer reviewed where appropriate. You will be expected to contribute to teaching courses as required in undergraduate, MPhil and PhD programmes.

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, a full CV and a PDF document outlining your proposed areas of research. This should address the relevance of the research to NHSBT and the likely impact on how its services might be developed, in addition to highlighting potential connections with current research areas in the MRC BSU.

Please also provide the names and addresses of three professional referees who have agreed to be contacted prior to interview. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 19th August 2018.

Support package: Funding for a post-doctoral level support post (or equivalent) will be available from NHSBT on a rolling five-year basis subject to review, with details to be agreed with the Director of the BSU and NHSBT. Support from the NHSBT Statistics and Clinical Studies team to translate methods into routine business use will be available as above.

Please quote reference SL15844 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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