Research Assistant

Queen's University Belfast - Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

The Centre for Public Health sits within the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. The research centre is committed to high quality research aimed at improving public health, and comprises of over 30 academic researchers.

This temporary post is available until 31 May 2019 to assist in the completion of a comprehensive statistical analysis of the different ‘routes-to-diagnosis’ of cancer patients in Northern Ireland according to an existing analysis plan. The successful candidate will assist in the writing a user-friendly Standard Operating Procedure to maximise knowledge transfer to allow subsequent routine production of statistics by analysts in the health service. They will also design an interactive user-friendly online platform to present statistical estimates in the following categories: demographic, disease and service-related factors, and geographical areas.

Our five core values (Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an international organisation.

The successful candidate must have:

  • A relevant first or upper second class honours undergraduate or post-graduate degree(or about to obtain) in a subject related to statistics, or quantitative epidemiology
  • Experience of using data analysis packages such as R, SPSS, or STATA.
  • Experience of programming/scripting skills in languages such as R, SPSS, or STATA.
  • Experience of developing analysis scripts for project specific statistical and computational tasks.
  • Strong statistical skills.

Further information about the School can be found at

Informal enquires may be directed to Niamh McElherron, email:

Anticipated interview date: Monday 20 August 2018

Closing date: Wednesday 8 August 2018

For full criteria and to apply online, visit For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

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