Dementias Platform UK & UK Biobank Clinical Research Fellow

The University of Edinburgh - Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences

This post provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for a clinician to contribute to the development of the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), a major MRC-funded initiative which aims to accelerate research progress and develop knowledge leading to new drug treatments and other therapies that could prevent or delay the onset and progression of dementias.

Your role will be to develop methods for the identification of neurodegenerative and co-morbid diseases in DPUK cohorts, particularly UK Biobank (www.ukbiobank.ac.uk). UK Biobank is a large prospective cohort study of 500,000 very well characterised UK adults aged 40-69 years at baseline, who were recruited in 2006-2010, and whose health is being followed through linkages to routinely collected health datasets over the next few decades.

The post will be based in the UK Biobank Chief Scientist’s team at the Centre for Medical Informatics in the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and informatics at the University of Edinburgh’s Little France campus.

This post is a rare opportunity to work right in at the heart of two internationally leading research resources and is ideal for a clinician wishing to train in epidemiology and obtain skills in clinical research methods, data science and statistics.

You will have a good medical degree, have completed your pre-specialisation medical training and qualifications, and be aiming for or have committed to speciality training in a relevant area (e.g., neurology, general practice, geriatrics or public health). Excellent communication and organisational skills, the ability to work flexibly in a large multidisciplinary team, and a proactive approach to problem solving and changing priorities are essential. Experience of critical appraisal of scientific papers, conducting research, or writing scientific papers would be an advantage.

This post is full-time, to start as soon as possible and available for one year in the first instance. Applications from candidates who wish to work part time or on a sessional basis are also welcomed.

For an appropriate candidate there will be the possibility of extending the post, to allow the completion of a higher degree (PhD or MD) and of applying for a personal research training fellowship.

Closing Date: 18 June 2018 at 5pm

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