Research Assistant or Research Associate in Population Health

Job summary

Job listing information

  • Reference MED00030
  • Date posted 22 November 2017
  • Closing date 4 January 2018

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious researcher to join a dynamic research group and carry out innovative research in population health and global health. The overall theme of the research is analysing the past, current, or expected future levels and trends in population health, with a particular emphasis on chronic/non-communicable diseases (NCDs), using rich data and advanced statistical methods. The data may be global, national, or subnational, as well as at multiple levels. The work is at the cutting edge of global health science and policy, and arises from collaborative research with the World Health Organization and with an extensive worldwide network of scientists from most of the world’s countries, which will give the work far-reaching scientific and policy impact and visibility.

The position will be in the Environment and Global Health Research Group. The group is internationally renowned for its research on exposures and health effects of preventable risk factors and health forecasting. The research group is highly interdisciplinary and the post holder will also work closely with epidemiologists, statisticians, and clinicians in the group, at the School of Public Health and WHO Collaborating Centre on NCD Surveillance and Epidemiology, as well as at other leading global universities.

The successful candidate must have an exceptional aptitude for analytical and critical thinking about the nature of data and scientific problems with a focus on population health; strong communication capabilities; motivation for problem solving; aptitude for interdisciplinary research and teamwork; and ability to work and learn independently.

You will have an MSc for appointment to Research Assistant, or a PhD or equivalent (e.g. MD plus MSc), for appointment to Research Associate, in epidemiology, demography, population health, global health, biostatistics, or a related subject; have experience with population health data, especially on NCDs/chronic diseases and their risk factors; and track record of technical and scholarly excellence as demonstrated by publications and methods development and application.

This is a full-time and fixed term post until 31 May 2019, based at the St Mary’s Campus, Paddington.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Majid Ezzati (

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.