Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School

This NERC-funded post is available from 1 February 2018 to 28 February 2019 (13 months), based at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School, in Truro.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in the PollerGEN project (Linking grass pollen biodiversity and human health: an environmental genomics approach).

The successful applicant will work with the interdisciplinary project collaboration on a range of quantitative data analyses. They will lead on the integration of human health data (such as hospital admissions and allergy-related prescriptions) with species-specific grass pollen measures. The successful applicant will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team working on the project.

The post will include undertaking research and analyses to deliver key project objectives; contributing to peer-reviewed journal papers and other project outputs; working collaboratively across the project team (with partners including Bangor University, Aberystwyth University, the University of Worcester, the University of New South Wales, the Met Office and the National Botanic Gardens of Wales); travelling to participate in project meetings; and supporting day-to-day project management (including project budget, organising meetings).

About you

Applicants will possess a PhD (or be nearing completion) in statistics, epidemiology, mathematical modelling or a closely related discipline. You will have knowledge and experience of a range of research methods including analysis and interpretation of large datasets. Experience in quantitative data analysis in the domains of health and/or environment is desirable.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • A beautiful location in the heart of stunning Cornwall

For further information please contact Dr Ben Wheeler,

Interviews are expected to take place Friday 5 January 2018.

The College is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment and impact to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects.  Our Inspiring Stories tell you more about how we support our staff, including through a mentoring programme to help our staff learn from the professional and life experience of colleagues and explore opportunities and actions for career progression. 

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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