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MRC Programme Leader at Principal Research Associate OR MRC Programme Leader-track at Senior Research Associate

A position is available for a senior scientist to lead a programme of research within the broad areas of statistical methodology for data generated by novel 'omic technology, multi -omics data integration and systems omics within the University of Cambridge's MRC Biostatistics Unit. The position comes with an attractive research funding package that will be renewable every 5 years.

The MRC Biostatistics Unit is one of Europe's leading biostatistics research institutions. Our focus is to deliver new analytical and computational strategies based on sound statistical principles for the challenging tasks facing biomedicine and public health.

At the level of Programme Leader (PL) at PRA, we seek applications from scientists who have demonstrated their vision and leadership and wish to pursue an internationally leading programme of research. Programme Leader-track (PLT) at SRA appointments are aimed at ambitious researchers who are ready to take the next step towards becoming a Principal Investigator, with support for an accelerated career development towards PRA within 5-6 years.

The Unit's research is grouped around four themes:

(i) Statistical Omics (SOMX)

(ii) Precision Medicine and Inference for Complex Outcomes (PREM)

(iii) Design and Analysis of Randomised Trials (DART)

(iv) Statistical methods Using data Resources to improve Population Health (SURPH).

Full details of the themes can be found at

The new programme would synergise with the current research interests of the Statistical Omics (SOMX) theme, which aims to bring novel statistical methods combined with biological insights and efficient computations to address the analysis challenges created by the rapidly expanding set of "omics" technologies. Applicants with cross expertise in machine learning are particularly welcome.

The successful applicant will receive a flexible funding package to establish a new team, in addition to research operating costs and set-up funding. They will also have the opportunity to secure excellent PhD students with access to the Unit's established fully-funded PhD programme, while postdoctoral group staff will benefit from the University of Cambridge's extensive career development training portfolio.

The Unit is situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the world's most vibrant centres of biomedical research, which includes the University of Cambridge's Clinical School, two major hospitals, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and the world headquarters of Astra Zeneca.

The Unit is actively seeking to increase diversity among its staff, including promoting an equitable representation of men and women. The Unit therefore especially encourages applications from women, from minority ethnic groups and from those with non-standard career paths.

Appointment will be made on merit.

We welcome applications from those wishing to work part-time.

For this senior position, there are a range of benefits available including a relocation package.

Appointment to PL/PRA is subject to approval from the Pro-Vice Chancellor.

Appointment to PLT/SRA is subject to approve from the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.

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Applicants should indicate clearly which level of post (PL/PRA or PLT/SRA) they are applying for. Please ensure that you upload a covering letter, a full CV, a PDF document outlining current research interests (1-2 pages) and a proposal for future 5-year research programme (up to 3 pages), highlighting potential connections with current research areas in the Unit; additionally, upload a list with your top 5 recent papers highlighting briefly for each paper its relevance and their contribution to the field. Please also provide the names and addresses of three professional referees who have agreed to be contacted prior to interview.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Sylvia Richardson (

The closing date for applications is 25 November 2019.

Please quote reference SL18209 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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