Database Specialist/Data Manager

University of Cambridge - MRC Epidemiology Unit

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Database Specialist to join the MRC Epidemiology Unit working on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine, and its research focuses on understanding the causes of obesity and diabetes and developing approaches to their prevention.

The Database Specialist will work within the Unit's Data Management Team providing specialist database development and operational support for the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS). NDNS provides essential evidence on the diet and nutrition of the UK population to enable Public Health England to identify and address nutritional issues in the population and monitor progress towards public health nutrition objectives. The work primarily focuses on the collection, processing, visualisation, distribution and management of data. This role will work alongside other specialists using database, programming, web-technology and data management tools to support a varied portfolio of work ( You will use database and programming techniques to carry out processing tasks such as data cleaning, verification and validation procedures alongside contributing to other team-based work.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a scientific subject or have equivalent practical experience. Applicants will have experience in the development and implementation of relational databases and an aptitude for software development including use of programming techniques.  You will have communication skills, be able to work effectively as a member of a small development team and have confidence and clarity when communicating with staff, in particular when establishing functional requirements with users. You will be well organised, able to multi-task and work within a team environment.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a Unit that is at the forefront of international research and generating evidence to inform public health action. You will be able to work with leading University specialists that carry out a broad range of software development, data and information technology functions and be part of a dynamic and collaborative working environment. For the successful applicants, a full training programme will be provided in line with needs, relevant individual development plans will be actively supported, and there is the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Adam Dickinson, Senior Data Manager (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2023 in the first instance.

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.

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 Monday 11th December 2017, with interviews likely to take place on Thursday 11th January 2018.

Please quote reference SJ14094 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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