Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Chronic Disease Epidemiologist / Statistical Epidemiologist) (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Research Associate: £31,604-£38,833

Senior Research Associate: £39,922-£50,618

*NB: The status of Senior Research Associate is awarded on the basis of individual merit and may be awarded to the successful candidate if approved by the Faculty Board of the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine*

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 in the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit.

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.

Such analyses will provide internationally unique and unusually detailed insights into the relevance of novel risk factors to cardiovascular disease. The role will involve contributing importantly to a series of high-impact publications. The post holder will also help to establish new projects, and contribute to core projects within the CEU. The post-holder will work closely with the other members of the team, and liaise with other members of the CEU group.

The post-holder will be expected to lead the CEU’s contributions to several major UK Biobank projects and, additionally, act as the Unit’s coordinator for UK Biobank projects.

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
  • 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 PhD (or equivalent experience is recognised 

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

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

The funds for these posts are available until 31st December 2020 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Interview Date: Week 12 February 2018

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 e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RH14375 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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