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Database Specialist / Data Manager (Fixed Term)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Database Specialist to join the MRC Epidemiology Unit working on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The Unit is a department within the School of Clinical Medicine, and its research focuses on understanding the causes and helping to prevent obesity, diabetes and other metabolic disorders.

The Database Specialist will work within the Unit's Data Management Team, providing database development, programming support and data preparation for the EPIC-Norfolk Study ( This role will work alongside a team of other specialists using programming, web-technology and data management tools to support other epidemiological research studies. You will use database and programming techniques to develop and deploy custom databases, provide ongoing maintenance and carry out processing tasks such as data cleaning, verification and validation. An additional responsibility will be to lead the safe transition of data from an Oracle database to a new system for handling identifiable data.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level in a scientific subject or have equivalent practical experience. Applicants will have experience in the development and implementation of relational databases and an aptitude for software development and use of programming techniques, but including a main focus on the use of MS Access, MS SQL Server and knowledge of Oracle. You will have excellent communication skills, be able to work effectively as a member of a small development team and have confidence and clarity when communicating with staff, in particular when establishing functional requirements with users. You need to be organised, able to multi-task and work flexibly within a team environment.

The role is an excellent opportunity to be part of a group working at the forefront of international research and generating evidence to inform public health action. You will be able to work with leading University specialists that carry out a broad range of software development and information technology functions within a dynamic, collaborative working environment. For the successful applicant, an individual development plan will be supported, and there will be an opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Adam Dickinson, Senior Data Manager (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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The closing date for applications is Monday 7th October 2019 with interviews taking place Wednesday 30th October 2019.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter 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 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 SJ20493 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.

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