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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

An opportunity has arisen for a talented researcher with an interest in genetic epidemiology and/or causal inference to join Dr Stephen Burgess's research group based at the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge. The mission statement of the group is "developing statistical methods to use genetic variation to answer clinically important questions about disease aetiology and prevention". The three broad aims of the group are to develop statistical methods, run applied analyses that address important clinical questions, and disseminate methods in the area of Mendelian randomization, defined as the use of genetic variants to investigate causal risk factors for disease outcomes.

Depending on the interests and skills of the postholder, the role could focus on any combination of the following: i) embarking on a major methodological project in a major substantive area of relevance to Mendelian randomization; ii) addressing several smaller methodological questions of applied relevance to the practice of Mendelian randomization; iii) leading complex applied analyses. The postholder will be expected to play a major role in the work of the research group, through the conduct of research, introduction of new ideas, dissemination of research results, and the support and training of others.

We have an open mind as to the skills profile of a successful candidate for this advert. Experience of leading methodological or complex applied projects would be desirable. An understanding of Mendelian randomization and/or causal inference would be advantageous but not essential; full training will be given. In particular, no prior knowledge of genetics is required. Most important are an inquisitive mind and the desire to develop and apply statistical methodology to questions of substantive biological importance and disease relevance. The successful applicant will be supported in their career development with a range of formal courses and on-the-job training.

This role exists as a result of a Wellcome Trust Career Development Award grant made to Stephen Burgess commencing in January 2023. There are funds available for multiple appointments. Successful candidates will be appointed to either a 3-year or 5-year fixed term position at either Senior Research Associate (Grade 9) or Research Associate (Grade 7), depending on their level of ability and experience. Appointment to Senior Research Associate is subject to approval by the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.

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Please note that, while we can be flexible, some level of in-person work will be required; it will not be possible to undertake this position fully remotely. We welcome applications from those wishing to work part-time.

The MRC Biostatistics 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. Our focus is to deliver new analytical and computational strategies based on sound statistical principles for the challenging tasks facing biomedicine and public health.

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.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years or 5 years in the first instance.

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The closing date for applications is: 25th June 2023

The interview date for the role is: To be confirmed

Please quote reference SL36902 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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