Research Associate (Biostatistics/Epidemiology)

University of Leicester - Health Sciences

About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented and ambitious statistician/epidemiologist to work in a multidisciplinary research programme aimed at advancing understanding of the interaction between cancer and cardiovascular disease. The post holder, at Research Associate level (grade 7), will contribute to the development and application of statistical methods using the UK-first linkage of national population based cardiovascular and cancer audit data. This large-scale cutting-edge resource will address important hypotheses regarding the role of cancer and cardiovascular disease in co-morbid patients, the medical management of such patients and how risk of one disease may be affected by the other.

You will work in the Biostatistics Research Group of the Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester under the line management of Dr Michael Sweeting and other Biostatisticians in the group. The position will also involve working closely with the Principal Investigators (Dr David Adlam, Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, and Professor Mick Peake, UCLH), work package leads, and institutional partners at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) and the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS) within Public Health England (PHE).

The post is jointly funded by the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK programme “Cardio-oncology: A high resolution national electronic health record investigation of the interplay between cancer and heart disease”

About you

You will have high-level expertise in biostatistics or epidemiology, specifically in areas including survival analysis, missing data methods, propensity scoring, matched case-control studies and the analysis of large-scale electronic health records.

You should hold, or expect to shortly hold, a PhD (or relevant MSc plus equivalent extensive research experience) in a relevant area (medical statistics/cancer or cardiovascular epidemiology), have a good knowledge of statistical programming, evidence of research productivity (including high-quality research publications and presentations) and have experience of involvement in innovative, high-level research

Additional information

This is an open ended post subject to fixed term funding. Funding is available to 31 May 2022.

The post is full time, but a minimum of 0.8FTE could be considered.

Interviews are anticipated to take place on 24 July 2018.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Michael Sweeting (, 0116 252 5469.

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