Research Biostatistician in Genetics of Musculoskeletal and Vascular Disease

University of Leeds - Leeds Institute of Cancer & Pathology (LICAP)

This full time post (based at St James’s University Hospital) is available from 1 January 2017 and is fixed term for 2 years.  

The post holder will work on a number of projects in the genetic epidemiology and pharmacogenetics of musculoskeletal (MSK) and vascular disease. The postholder will be based within the Statistical Genetics group in the Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology, at St James’s University Hospital, and will have joint affiliation to the Section of Molecular and Personalised Medicine, Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine. A major role of the postholder will be to carry out work for the Medical Research Council/Arthritis Research UK-funded MATURA consortium (Maximising Therapeutic Utility for Rheumatoid Arthritis: A stratified medicine approach for rheumatoid arthritis), which is a national consortium aiming to identify genetic and genomic markers to predict which patients with rheumatoid arthritis will respond best to which treatment. In addition the postholder will be involved in analysis of Immunochip (a customized chip of genetic variants related to immune-mediated diseases) and genome-wide association (GWA) data in UK and international cohorts of patients with giant cell arteritis, analysis of the FCGRlocus, including copy number variation, in a number of diseases and analysis of UK Biobank data.

The successful applicant will have a strong quantitative background, including a PhD in statistics or a related discipline or an MSc and commensurate experience in biostatistical research.

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies ( The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Medicine gained the Silver award in 2016. We are committed to being an inclusive medical school that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

University Grade 7 (£32,004 - £38,183 per annum) depending on qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries regarding the post should be directed to Professor Jenny Barrett ( or Professor Ann Morgan (

If you have any specific enquiries about your online application please contact Sharon Collins, or Rosemary Sannaee,

Location: Leeds - St James University Hospital
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Medicine & Health
Section: Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Contract Type: Fixed Term (2 years)

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