Research Associate

Job summary

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is seeking an outstanding Research Associate in Molecular Epidemiology interested in taking on a challenging role with considerable scope for independent scientific achievement and personal growth.  The ideal candidate will be passionate about tackling big problems and be ready to try out high-risk, high-payoff projects. UK DRI at Imperial has been established to address a medical research area of...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01612
  • Date posted 16 July 2020
  • Closing date 16 August 2020

Job description

Job summary

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is seeking an outstanding Research Associate in Molecular Epidemiology interested in taking on a challenging role with considerable scope for independent scientific achievement and personal growth.  The ideal candidate will be passionate about tackling big problems and be ready to try out high-risk, high-payoff projects.

UK DRI at Imperial has been established to address a medical research area of the highest importance and future impact. As one of seven national centres of excellence embedded in major UK universities, we intend to transform the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with dementias.  The Medical Research Council and charity partners the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have invested £290m in fulfilment of the ambition identified in the Prime Minister's 2020 Challenge on Dementia.

The job environment will offer a career structure within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics for a biostatistician with a deep interest in fundamental scientific challenges and the application of advanced and novel biostatistical methodologies to solve diverse biomedical problems.

 

Duties and responsibilities

As the successful candidate you will study genetic and metabolic determinants as well as a wide range of lifestyle factors in relation to the underlying cardio-metabolic risk factors, cognitive changes, sleep disturbances, shift patterns, mild cognitive impairment, the dementias and neurodegenerative diseases in large well-established population cohorts from UK, USA and Europe. Moreover, we will study the metabolic fingerprints of the genetic variants identified for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, in blood and urine. The identified metabolic signals will be structurally identified and will be applied in networked pathway analysis to highlight metabolic pathways that underlie cognitive changes, dementias, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. The identified metabolites will further be measured in CSF of people with mild cognitive impairment and cases of Alzheimer’s disease.  The analysis includes a range of methods from simple regression models to multivariate approaches and various data reduction approaches such as Orthogonal Partial Least Squares regression (O-PLS), and deal with the high degree of autocorrelation within the data. Multiple testing and combining data across several studies are other challenges that should be addressed in the analysis

Projects may include, for example, developing and applying cross-platform and multi-omics approaches to help understand signals and pathways arising from omics analyses, and associated epidemiological data.

 

Essential requirements

You will have a background in molecular epidemiology or biostatistics, with analytical and interpretative skills in omics data. Candidates will be interested in gaining/sharing knowledge and experience within and outside their domains.

Further information

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

The post is full time and fixed-term, for 30 months.

Interview date is to be determined.

For further information and an informal discussion contact Dr Elizabeth Hayes (e.hayes@imperial.ac.uk), for a formal discussion please contact Professor Paul Elliott p.elliott@imperial.ac.uk)

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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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.

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  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
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  • Deliver positive outcomes
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  • 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.