Research Associate in Statistics for Spatial Epidemiology

Job summary

We are looking for an excellent and quantitatively strong candidate, with a PhD in Biostatistics, Epidemiology or a closely related quantitative discipline to join our multi-disciplinary team. Our project aims to study spatial uncertainty in small area analysis from survey and administrative data, as part of a collaborative project with Emory University and Harvard, funded by the US National Institutes of Health. Demographic data are...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01380
  • Date posted 24 September 2019
  • Closing date 10 November 2019

Job description

Job summary

We are looking for an excellent and quantitatively strong candidate, with a PhD in Biostatistics, Epidemiology or a closely related quantitative discipline to join our multi-disciplinary team.

Our project aims to study spatial uncertainty in small area analysis from survey and administrative data, as part of a collaborative project with Emory University and Harvard, funded by the US National Institutes of Health. Demographic data are intrinsically part of epidemiological studies, but limited research has been done on the impact of spatial uncertainty at small-area level. The results of this project will be key to the analysis of the next national census in England and Wales, and to plan future censuses in the UK, US and other countries.

Imperial College London provides world-class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering, business and medicine. The School of Public Health at Imperial College London aims to achieve better health in the population through strengthening the public health science base, training the next generation of public health leaders and influencing health policies and programmes around the world. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, within the School of Public Health, is headed by Professor Paul Elliott. Its research covers a number of themes including environmental epidemiology, biostatistics and population collections. Our work is used to inform health policy and understand key issues affecting society. The UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) sits within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. SAHSU’s work includes substantive epidemiological enquiries of environmental health problems and methodological research around data quality and space-time statistical analysis of non-communicable disease.

Duties and responsibilities

You will contribute to developing and applying i) statistical methodology, including model formulation and statistical programming; ii) methods to guarantee reproducibility; and iii) tools to facilitate accurate interpretability through novel visualization techniques. You will be expected to bring enthusiasm as well as valuable expertise and experience to strengthen the project’s team; to help meet its research objectives; and to participate and lead on publications arising from this consortium.

Essential requirements

Experience in handling survey/administrative data, spatio-temporal statistical analysis and Bayesian modelling is essential.

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 contract will be for a fixed term duration of 3 years (36 months).

Closing date: 10 November 2019

Interview date:  2 December 2019

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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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  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
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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.