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Research Associate (Part Time, Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - MRC Biostatistics Unit

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 pa, pro rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th June 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024
Job Ref: SL42109

An opportunity has arisen for a talented researcher with an interest in genetic epidemiology and drug development to join Dr Stephen Burgess's research group based at the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge. The mission statement of the group is "developing statistical methods to use genetic variation to answer clinically important questions about disease aetiology and prevention". The three broad aims of the group are to develop statistical methods, run applied analyses that address important clinical questions, and disseminate methods in the area of Mendelian randomization, defined as the use of genetic variants to investigate causal risk factors for disease outcomes.

In this instance, the postholder will have the opportunity to apply philosophical analysis techniques in relation to questions of causal inference around Mendelian Randomization (and natural experiments more widely). We are particularly interested in applicants with a background in academic philosophy who have an understanding of Mendelian Randomization as a statistical technique. While experience in applied Mendelian Randomization analyses is desirable, it is not essential. What is most important is an inquisitive mind and the desire to investigate and develop approaches to philosophical questions around causal inference and statistical methodology that are relevant to modern epidemiology. The successful applicant will be supported in their career development with a range of formal courses and on-the-job training.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact stephen.burgess@mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk. Please note that, while we can be flexible, some level of in-person work will be required; it will not be possible to undertake this position fully remotely. This position is part-time (21 hours per week, 0.6 FTE).

The MRC Biostatistics Unit is situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the world's most vibrant centres of biomedical research, which includes the University of Cambridge's Clinical School, two major hospitals, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and the world headquarters of Astra Zeneca. Our focus is to deliver new analytical and computational strategies based on sound statistical principles for the challenging tasks facing biomedicine and public health.

The Unit is actively seeking to increase diversity among its staff, including promoting an equitable representation of men and women. The Unit therefore especially encourages applications from women, from minority ethnic groups and from those with non-standard career paths. Appointment will be made on merit.

There are funds available for single appointment. Successful candidates will be appointed to a 2-year fixed term position at Research Associate (Grade 7). The start date for this role would be from 8th July 2024 (or later if agreed with the successful candidate).

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The closing date for applications is: 30th June 2024

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