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BHF Data Science Centre Associate Director: Enhancing Cohorts Theme Lead

Health Data Research UK

Location: London, Work from home
Salary: This post would be suitable as a secondment
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 25th October 2021

Location: Primary base could be anywhere in the UK, but must be willing and able to travel to London and elsewhere (mainly UK) in connection with the role

Salary: This post would be suitable as a secondment

Duration: Approx. 1 day/week for 2 years in the first instance (with the possibility to extend longer term). A lesser or greater time commitment may be considered for the right candidate

Reporting to: Director, BHF DSC (Professor Cathie Sudlow)

About Health Data Research UK

HDR UK is the UK’s national institute for health data science. Our mission is to unite the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives. It is funded by UK Research and Innovation, the Department of Health and Social Care in England and equivalents in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and leading medical research charities.

HDR UK was set up in 2018 to support research on health data at scale to advance our understanding of disease and enable new discoveries that will ultimately improve health and care.  We have established national research programmes that use data at scale, and we are building an infrastructure to enable the responsible access and analysis of this data. 

About the BHF Data Science Centre

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Science Centre, is building on a £10m initial investment from the BHF to deliver the data and data science needed to address some of the most pressing challenges in heart and circulatory health research.

The aim of the centre is to enable responsible, ethical research that combines the power of advanced analytic methods with the UK’s large-scale and diverse cardiovascular data. High impact outputs will help to shape better cardiovascular health services, provide patients and health professionals with the tools to make better decisions, and bring the latest medical discoveries to patients across the UK faster than ever before.

Purpose of the post

The Enhancing Cohorts Theme Lead will be a key member of the BHF DSC leadership team, working closely with the director, associate directors leading the centre’s other thematic areas, and centre staff to identify and prioritise key areas of work in the use of large cohorts in cardiovascular research, demonstrating impact at national and international level. They will have an excellent understanding of, and expertise in, the development, use and analysis of cohort studies in cardiovascular research, and a strong commitment to developing linked healthcare data-enabled approaches to improve understanding of causes and progression of cardiovascular disease and improve strategies for treatment.

Supported by the BHF DSC team, the postholder will work with stakeholders across the UK to:

  • identify research priorities for cardiovascular disease-based cohorts;
  • identify relevant disease-based and population cohorts and forge collaborations;
  • identify and address the infrastructure and analytics challenges that need to be overcome to enable linkage of disease-based cohorts to other types of health data and their analysis at UK-wide scale, to inform the causes, prediction, progression, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Application Process

For the full job description and for details to how to apply, click here.


The closing date for this vacancy is Monday 25th October 2021 at 5PM.

Health Data Research UK is an equal opportunities employer.

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