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Research Associate in Heath Text Analytics and Data Science

King's College London - Biostatistics and Health Informatics

Location: London
Salary: £38,304 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th September 2021
Closes: 22nd September 2021
Job Ref: 031485

Building and Campus: SGDP Building, Denmark Hill Campus

Contact: Fernando Lanza 

Job description

We are recruiting a post-doctoral natural language processing (NLP) researcher to join our team of NLP specialists, data scientists, clinicians, and engineers, in support of a new project funded by a multi-site UKPRP award for a Violence, Health and Society research consortium. The successful applicant will join a team leading NLP research and methodology development, and their application to electronic health records (EHRs) and other text to solve real-word health research questions. The project in this instance builds on recent NLP to ascertain instances of received, perpetrated, and witnessed violence, applied to mental healthcare EHRs. The post-holder will further develop this work to improve the characterisation of these experiences and to facilitate the application of NLP across text from different administrative sources. The post-holder will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency team to access relevant text, and to define requirements for NLP.

King’s College London, through collaborations with Health Data Research UK (HDR UK:, the Centre for Translational Informatics (CTI; and the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC;, is at the forefront of clinical NLP and health data science research in the UK. We pride ourselves on the impact of our research, which has led to the deployment of novel informatics applications and platforms to King’s Health Partners (KHP; and other NHS sites across London and the UK. These applications are beginning to realise the potential of large-scale analytics and reuse afforded by electronic health records, and the promise of data driven healthcare.

This post will be offered on  a fixed-term contract for 2 years with a possibility of a 3 year extension

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

Communication & Networking:

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers, data scientists, social scientists, health scientists, mental health clinicians, health economists, and statisticians, and develop good working relationships within these.
  • Communicate complex information both orally and in writing to researchers across multiple specialties, and to the public.

Decision Making, Planning and Problem Solving:

  • Participation in the strategic planning of projects.
  • Responsible for day-to-day decisions in carrying out projects and will be expected to liaise with line managers on major decisions.

Analysis & Research:

  • Contribute to the general direction of research.
  • Formulate research questions and devise experimental settings in which to test them.
  • Develop and implement computationally efficient algorithms to solve research problems using clinical and health related data.
  • Analyse research results, reporting and presenting in a variety of settings and media.

Teamwork, Teaching & Learning Support:

  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team, participate in team meetings, and keep records of all meetings as required.
  • Expected to have a strong desire to learn new technologies and skills and will be supported in doing so.

Sensory/Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • Balance the competing pressures of research and deadlines.
  • Be aware of health and safety in the work environment.
  • All staff members must strictly follow the College’s Health & Safety regulations.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

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