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Research Assistant/Associate* in Statistics/Statistical Genetics (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,243 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd March 2019
Closes: 22nd April 2019
Job Ref: RH18572

Research Assistant - £26,243 - £30,395 

Research Associate* - £32,236 - £39,609 

We are currently seeking a postdoctoral statistician to work on a joint project between the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (Department of Public Health & Primary Care, University of Cambridge) and the MRC Biostatistics Unit. The post-holder will apply and develop cutting-edge Bayesian statistical methods for disentangling (“fine-mapping”) the plethora of genetic association signals for blood-based biomarkers, such as proteins and metabolites, and diseases (eg, heart attack, stroke). Results from these methods will help to identify novel causes of cardiovascular diseases and potential targets for drug development. 

A PhD in Statistics, Biostatistics or Computer Science (or a closely aligned discipline), or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience is essential. Applicants should also have a strong background in statistical modelling and computational statistics and able to implement algorithms in a low-level language (C, C++). Knowledge of approximate methods for Bayesian inference of large data sets such as Variational Bayes is also desirable. In addition to these skills, the post-holder should also be able to work independently judging priorities and have excellent organisational and communication skills. 

*Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience is recognised), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded or submitted appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded awarded (PhD needs to be awarded within 6 months of the start date). If an individual has not submitted a PhD or is not working towards one they could be appointed as a Research Assistant if they have either a degree or Masters in a relevant area or equivalent experience. 

This post is full-time and the funds for this post are available for 2 years from commencement in post. 

The post-holder will work under the supervision of Dr Adam Butterworth (Department of Public Health & Primary Care, University of Cambridge) and Dr Leonardo Bottolo (MRC Biostatistics Unit and The Alan Turing Institute, London). 

The post-holder will therefore be expected to spend time at both the Department of Public Health & Primary Care, located in Strangeways Research Laboratory and the MRC Biostatistics Unit, located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and a 5 minute walk from Strangeways. 

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Dr Adam Butterworth ( or Dr Leonardo Bottolo ( 

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

Closing date: 22nd April 2019 

Interview Date: Week commencing 29th April 2019 

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 should be your most recent line manager.

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