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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 University of Cambridge's 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 and operational support for epidemiological research studies. The work focuses on the collection, processing, visualisation, distribution and management of data. This role will work alongside other specialists using database scripting (SQL), programming, web-technology and data management tools to support a varied portfolio of work ( 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.

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. Experience using MS Access with MS SQL Server or in migrating MS Access to other platforms would be particularly advantageous.

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, data and information technology functions and be part of a dynamic and 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 Tony Webb, Senior Data Manager (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Closing Date:7th November 2021.

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.

Please quote reference SJ27769 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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