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Data Scientist - NIHR BioResource for Translational Research (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the position of Data Scientist to join the NIHR BioResource for Translational Research ("NIHR BioResource") and play a key role in a Health Data Research (HDR) UK funded research programme.

Our mission is to facilitate human health research and its transformation into medical practice.

NIHR BioResource is a unique and powerful resource for studying disease mechanisms and for investigating the links between genes, the environment, health and disease, enabling scientific discoveries as well as facilitating translational medicine for the benefit of patients.

Further details on the NIHR BioResource, including some of our COVID-19 research studies, can be found on our website:

The role is part of the recently formed Data Science Group working on the Health Data Research Hub for Inflammatory Bowel Disease or "Gut Reaction" project.

Responsibilities for this role will include:

  • Ingest of disparate health data sources
  • Oversight and maintenance of data architecture
  • Creation and maintenance of data warehouse (MS Azure)

Skills required for the role include:

  • Robust experience with the standard data science toolkit; Python, R, R-Studio, Galaxy etc.
  • Handling, and making sense of, heterogeneous data sets, sometimes with missing values
  • Data governance (PID), stewardship and visualisation, to a range of audiences / contexts

The hub was established in October 2019 to integrate genomic data with structured phenotypic data and longitudinal healthcare data from a large cohort of patients recruited to the NIHR BioResource with the common immune mediated diseases Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (collectively inflammatory bowel disease or IBD).

Working with a range of NHS, academic and industry partners, the output will be a world-class, multi-dimensional integrated data resource and a secure cloud research environment for research and innovation.

See the Further Particulars link below for full details and Person Specification.

This appointment is full-time, 37 hours per week.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2022 in the first instance, with an extension dependent on available funding.

This appointment requires a Research Passport application.

Our offices are on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, CB2 0QQ (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre). Work - life balance is important, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are open to discussion on flexible working.

For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact Jonathan Pilgrim, IT Manager: Data & Governance, who can be contacted at or on 01223 748410.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

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 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.

The closing date for applications is 01 March 2021. Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 15 March 2021.

Please quote reference RB25577 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.

Further information

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