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Research Fellow

Glasgow Caledonian University - Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Research Group

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £43,434 to £50,296 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th May 2022
Closes: 3rd June 2022

Glasgow Caledonian University - the University for the Common Good - is a vibrant, values-led, multi-cultural University with a global outlook, dedicated to delivering social innovation. Our organisational strategy is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and our globally recognised researchers advise governments, industry and international bodies. We’re ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK for promoting gender equality, 69th globally for social impact, and the top modern university in Scotland for research power. In 2020-21, we contributed £1.7 billion and more than 14,000 jobs across the globe.

GCU is committed to widening participation, delivering positive outcomes for our students, and we’re Scotland’s leading provider of Graduate Apprenticeships. With campuses in Glasgow, London and New York, we have transnational partnerships around the world, supporting more than 22,000 students. Guided by our inspirational Chancellor, Dr Annie Lennox OBE, and guided by our values – integrity, responsibility, creativity and confidence - we transform the lives of the people and communities we serve.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary world-leading research group with a strong track record in delivering high impact research in the design and evaluation of public health interventions across areas of blood borne viruses, sexual health and substance use. We are looking for an experienced data scientist to support the delivery of a programme of quantitative research evaluating public health interventions to reduce infection and harms among  people who injects drugs (PWID) in Scotland. In collaboration with Public Health Scotland, researchers at GCU lead a programme of research and surveillance on the risk of infectious diseases (HIV, viral hepatitis) and associated harms among PWID. This involves a national bio-behavioural survey of PWID, known as the Needle Exchange Surveillance Initiative (NESI), and record-linkage studies involving people in contact with drugs and blood borne virus services. The successful candidate will play a key role in the statistical analysis of these survey and linked healthcare data to inform Scottish Government and other key stakeholders on strategies to eliminate hepatitis C infection and reduce drug related deaths in Scotland.

This role requires the following:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, or related discipline
  • Excellent skills and demonstrable experience in epidemiological study design, implementation and analysis.
  • Highly developed statistical analysis skills, with working experience of large complex datasets and specialised statistical software (e.g. R, STATA).
  • Experience of writing scientific publications in high quality journals.
  • Evidence of the ability to collaborate actively within an institution as well as externally with peers, stakeholders and/or other relevant partners.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills, with ability to adapt style to suit different individuals and situations.

And it would be desirable to have:

  • Experience of writing peer reviewed publications in the relevant subject area.
  • Knowledge of the literature on blood borne viruses and substance use.
  • Experience of working with the NHS to develop and operationalise research projects.

You can apply for this role through the Glasgow Caledonian University Vacancies page.

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