Research Assistant in Genetic Epidemiology

University of Dundee - Molecular and Clinical Medicine

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties

Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Grade 7 salary scale is dependent upon you having been awarded a PhD. An appointment may be considered if you are shortly expected to be awarded a PhD. The initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 25 - 28 £28,098 - £30,688).

Duration of employment: This position is full-time and available to 31st August 2021.

The Project
Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is a common complication of diabetes, and DKD is now the most common form of chronic kidney disease. There is no effective way to prevent or treat DKD, leaving many patients in extremely poor health and facing high mortality rates. The BEAt-DKD project (Biomarker enterprise to attack DKD) is a 30 million EURO project funded by the EU Innovative Medicines Initiative and aims to deliver tools and knowledge that will facilitate the development of new, personalised treatments for DKD. Among other things, the project will identify and validate biological markers (biomarkers) to help researchers track whether a patient’s condition has worsened, and whether a treatment is working for them. They will also work to identify different sub-groups of patients that could respond differently to certain treatments. The results will therefore pave the way for the development of effective personalised treatments for DKD.

Role Purpose

Genetic epidemiologist in Diabetic Kidney Disease.

The post requires a postdoctoral qualified researcher with experience in statistics, epidemiology, genetics, and health informatics. The project aims to find molecular and genetic biomarkers that predict the development of diabetic kidney disease in order to inform prevention and early treatment. Biomarkers that predict responses to individual drugs will also be evaluated, providing the basis of precision medicine in the treatment of kidney disease. The project will use large genomic datasets from the GoDARTS cohort and link this to electronic health records including longitudinal renal function tests and the prescription encashment.

Potential applicants are encouraged to have an informal discussion about the post with Professor Colin Palmer

For full details please see job description on the university's web site, accessed by the apply button below.

Additional Information
The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment. We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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