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Research Assistant / Officer & Data Scientist

Swansea University - Swansea University Medical School

Location: Swansea
Salary: £30,497 to £40,927 per annum (Pro rata, if part time) together with USS pension benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd September 2021
Closes: 3rd October 2021
Job Ref: AC04764

Research Assistant

Grade 7 - £30,497 to £34,304 per annum (Pro rata, if part time) together with USS pension benefits

Research Officer

Grade 8 - £35,326 to £40,927 per annum (Pro rata, if part time) together with USS pension benefits

Fixed Term until 31st March 2023. Full-time

Main Purpose of the Post

This position will be based at the Singleton Campus (this post is also available for remote working at any UK location, to be discussed upon appointment.  However, there is an expectation that post holders attend campus (in Swansea) for up to 10 days per year for in person meetings)

Swansea University has formed a team of leading Data Scientists to focus on key deliverables that benefit the health of the nation. This multidisciplinary team works in a fast moving, agile environment and is committed to demonstrating the value of data science to a range of technical and non-technical audiences. Working in the purpose built Data Science building on Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus; the post holder will participate in innovative research, engage with partners, demonstrate both practical application and strategic expertise, and prioritise efforts and expertise to gain significant impact.

This post is an exciting opportunity for a data scientist/statistician to contribute to statistical methods development and help inform urgent national policy decisions relating to COVID-19. Candidates will be working alongside leading academics in population data science to develop and apply statistical methods, utilising the DECOVID database, to answer complex clinical questions relating to COVID-19. DECOVID collects near real-time diagnostic information in COVID-19 tested individuals from University Hospitals Birmingham and University College Hospitals London.

Example projects include:

1.     Identifying the most appropriate diagnostic test for early detection of COVID-19.

2.     Identify the optimal sequences of diagnostic tests for diagnosis and management of COVID-19.

3.     Allow for different sources of evidence to inform healthcare decision-making in COVID-19.

Candidates will be part of a cross-sectoral team, working closely with Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) Hub for Acute Care (PIONEER), University Hospitals of Leicester, Universities of Birmingham, Warwick, and Queensland University of Technology, to unlock the scientific potential of the DECOVID database with statistical methods development. This work will accelerate understanding of such data to improve healthcare pathways and outcomes in COVID-19. Please see website for full advert.

Informal enquires are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Rhiannon Owen  

This post will close at 11.00pm 3rd October 2021

Applicants will find full job details together with the online application link:

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

Swansea University is a registered charity. No. 1138342.

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