Research Assistant or Research Associate - Chronic Disease Epidemiologist

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

The main role will be to coordinate and implement analyses of various risk factors for cardiovascular disease in a portfolio of studies involving large epidemiological databases.

Specific examples of these analyses may include: 

  • assessing novel and emerging risk factors for association with cardiovascular disease in multi-study consortia;
  • investigating the incremental benefit of adding novel risk factors to existing cardiovascular risk prediction scores;
  • integrating genetic data with cardiovascular risk factors to assess causality of associations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Designing and leading analyses of specific hypotheses relating to emerging / novel risk factors and cardiovascular disease in epidemiological databases
  • Working closely with colleagues to help interpret findings and draft manuscripts and other reports for publication
  • Working with statisticians and other colleagues in the CEU to help develop and implement methodologically appropriate analysis strategies for planned investigations
  • Anticipating, communicating and solving any potential problems that arise with analyses or other aspects of research projects
  • Contributing to reports, presentations and publications by preparing numerical and graphical summaries using relevant computer software
  • Assist in preparation of grant applications to secure further funding for relevant projects
  • Helping establish new projects and research consortia relating to risk factors
  • Reviewing, analysing or presenting information based on risk factors or other projects when requested

Education and Qualifications: Relevant degree or epidemiological training (e.g. Masters or PhD in Epidemiology, Public Health or equivalent qualification) or have previous experience.

Relevant Experience: Experience of using Microsoft Office and statistical software (eg, Stata or R).  Experience of using UK Biobank data would be advantageous           

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience is recognised), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded or submitted appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded.  If an individual has not submitted a PhD or is not working towards one they could be appointed as a Research Assistant if they have either a degree (and/or Master's) in a relevant area or have equivalent experience.

Research Assistant - £25,728 - £30,688
Research Associate - £31,604 - £38,833

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.

Informal enquiries can be made to Liza Clarke (

Location of post: Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge, CB1 8RN

Funds for these posts are available until 31st December 2020.

Closing Date: 7th November 2017

Interviews expected to take place week beginning 13th November 2017

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application.  The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role.  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 quote reference RH13567 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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