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Research Assistant/Research Associate* - Data Manager (Fixed Term)

Research Assistant - £26,243 - £30,395

Research Associate* - £32,236 - £39,609

We seek a talented individual with programming and highly developed organisational skills to join the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. The CEU (Director: Professor John Danesh) is an internationally-renowned centre of excellence for the study of the causes and prevention of cardiovascular disease. The significant recent growth of the CEU and its portfolio of data-focussed research requires the expansion of the Data Management team (Head: Dr Mat Walker).

The main responsibility of this role will be to maintain complex databases for epidemiological studies. Examples of these databases include:

  • INTERVAL: a 50,000 participant study of English blood donors
  • ERFC: a collaboration of over 130 cohorts totalling over 2 million participants
  • COMPARE: a 30,000 participant study of English blood donors
  • BELIEVE: a 35,000 participant household survey in Bangladesh
  • MAVERIK: a case-control study of vascular events in Malaysia

Working with existing systems, the post holder will be required to collate, clean and harmonise data from various sources and keep databases up to date. The post holder will be expected to distribute subsets of information from the master databases on the instructions of the PI, track different versions of data releases sent to users and provide regular updates of data to users, as instructed.

The CEU now has >1 million biological samples in storage, with this number expected to double over the next three years, with many millions of data-points created from the biological assays conducted on these samples. It will also be key for the post-holder to be able to assimilate outputs and data from sample storage facilities and laboratories into the CEU's databases.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain databases for epidemiological studies
  • Create and maintain databases for the tracking of samples, biological assays and all associated data.
  • Develop and maintain systems to provide a full history of all data transfers, both internally to member of the CEU, and also to external collaborators
  • Help establish computer programs/algorithms to check data rigorously for errors and inconsistencies.
  • Resolve data errors and inconsistencies by liaison with the contributing investigators and their statistical/database staff.
  • Help expand programs that convert data sent for inclusion into the central database into a standard format.
  • Work with data managers at CEU and collaborating groups/organisations (e.g. NHS Blood and Transplant) to ensure all project data are appropriately stored, updated and transferred to enable statistical analyses to be conducted.
  • Contribute to the production of research reports and publications
  • Contribute to collaborate research projects
  • Correspond with collaborators of studies to invite collaboration and seek data, as required.

Education: Relevant degree or post graduate qualification in a numerical-based subject, preferably mathematics or have equivalent experience.

Appointment at research associate* is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience is recognised), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded or submitted appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded. If an individual has not submitted a PhD or is not working towards one they could be appointed as a Research Assistant if they have either a degree (and/or Master's) in a relevant area or equivalent experience.

Experience and Skills: Some experience of programming, preferably in a structured programming language such as SAS, Perl, Java, or Fortran.

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 position is full-time and available immediately.

In the first instance funding is available for three years from commencement in post.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Richard Houghton e-mail or telephone 01223 748674

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

Closing date: 17th March 2019

Interview dates: Week commencing 25th March 2019

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents that 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 RH17546 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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