Research Associate

University of Cambridge - MRC Biostatistics Unit

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position at MRC-BSU and the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, to work in the area of Statistical Genetics of Rare Diseases. The position is funded by NIHR Rare Diseases Translational Research Collaboration ( and the aim of the collaborative research project is to identify metabolites (Metabolon® DiscoveryHD4¿ platform) that provide the most accurate discrimination between rare diseases types and to select metabolites that can serve as biomarkers to improve diagnosis and therapeutic intervention for patients in rare diseases groups. The post holder will be also responsible for (i) initial data processing, (ii) preliminary data analysis using existing statistical methods, (iii) integration of the results with biochemical information.

A PhD in Statistics, Biostatistics or Computer Science, or a closely aligned discipline, or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience is essential. Applicants should also have a strong background in statistical theory and modelling and able to implement an automatic metabolite data analysis package in low-level language (C, C++).

The successful candidate must be able to work effectively within a team, have the ability to develop and apply new concepts, and have a creative approach to problem-solving. The successful candidate will be expected develop contacts and collaborations within Cambridge Biomedical Campus and in particular within the NIHR Rare Diseases Translational Research Collaboration.

The post-holder will work under the supervision of Dr Leonardo Bottolo, Department of Medicine - University of Cambridge - and Alan Touring Institute - London, and Prof Sylvia Richardson MRC-BSU - University of Cambridge.

For additional information please contact Dr L. Bottolo - - or Prof S. Richardson -

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

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Interviews are likely to be held on the week commencing Monday 3rd November 2016.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SL10238 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:


South East England