Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry seeks to appoint a post-doctoral researcher for 3 years to work with Professor John O’Brien, Dr Annabel Price and Dr Rudolf Cardinal on an innovative study, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, using anonymised NHS electronic records to examine predictors and outcomes of Lewy body dementia.

Anonymisation of e-records within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) now allows their use for research. This offers an unprecedented ability to study, in representative NHS cohorts, patterns of presentation, diagnosis and outcome of different diseases.

Lewy body dementia is an important but under-diagnosed cause of dementia in older people, often with a poor outcome. By identifying cases of Lewy body dementia (and matched controls) using e-records, with additional linkage to other databases (for example, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data), this study will examine in detail the patterns of early predictors, presentations and symptoms associated with Lewy body dementia, to facilitate early diagnosis. By examining long term outcome, including mortality, we will identify potentially modifiable factors associated with good and bad outcome. The ultimate aim of the work is to develop methods and approaches to improve the diagnosis and management of Lewy body dementia.

This project is a collaborative study between Cambridge and South London and Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Trust/King’s College London. You will be central to the planning, set-up, conduct of the study and analysis of data from the Cambridge site, as well as having an important co-ordination and oversight role for the overall project.

You will have obtained, or are due to obtain, a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, which could include aspects of dementia, use of e-records or databases, or another closely related and highly relevant area.  

The position could be available either at the Research Associate or Senior Research Associate level. Appointment to Senior Research Associate is subject to approval from the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.

You will work as part of a research team, working closely with Professor John O’Brien and others. Close working with our collaborators within SLAM, including Professors Rob Stewart and Dag Aarsland and their teams, will be essential. Potential to apply for Fellowships at the end of this project is anticipated

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor John O’Brien

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2020 in the first instance.

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

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.

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

The closing date for applications is the 18th of June 2017 with interviews likely to be held in Cambridge around the 29th of June 2017.

Please quote reference RN12246 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.

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