Research Associate in Biostatistics
We are seeking a Research Associate in Biostatistics to join a project titled: “Aircraft Noise and Cardiovascular Outcomes”, funded by the Medical Research Council. The project is a collaboration across the MRC Centre for Environment and Health (prof Marta Blangiardo, prof. Paul Elliott), the University of Leicester (prof Anna Hansell, prof John Gulliver), and University College London (prof Nishi Chaturvedi). This is an exciting...
Job listing information
- Reference MED01668
- Date posted 1 June 2020
- Closing date 15 July 2020
We are seeking a Research Associate in Biostatistics to join a project titled: “Aircraft Noise and Cardiovascular Outcomes”, funded by the Medical Research Council. The project is a collaboration across the MRC Centre for Environment and Health (prof Marta Blangiardo, prof. Paul Elliott), the University of Leicester (prof Anna Hansell, prof John Gulliver), and University College London (prof Nishi Chaturvedi).
This is an exciting opportunity for a researcher with a strong statistical background to join a multi-disciplinary team of statisticians, epidemiologists, exposure scientists, database managers and clinicians to develop and apply statistical methods for spatial and individual level epidemiological analyses.
Your role will be to help answer the substantive question: “does aircraft noise show associations with CVD fatal and non-fatal events?”.
This will be done through 1) a small area analysis of mortality/hospital admissions around major UK airports employing spatial and spatio-temporal methods; and 2) the development of sophisticated integrative methods to combine aggregated data at small area with individual level data coming from two cohorts to account for a wide range of confounders while retaining statistical power and spatial coverage.
Duties and responsibilities
In this role you will:
- Specify and apply Bayesian hierarchical models to the mortality/hospital admissions counts and noise around major UK airports at small area level, evaluating the suitability of spatial and temporal effects.
- Visually and analytically disseminate the results and the corresponding uncertainty to the scientific community, decision makers and the general public.
- Develop integrative methods in a Bayesian hierarchical framework to combine data from administrative registries and individual level data from the UK Biobank and SABRE cohorts in order to improve the statistical inference to assess the link between airport-derived noise and epidemiological outcomes.
- Submit abstracts and present findings at national and international meetings
- Take a leading role in the writing of scientific papers to publish in high quality journals
- Assist/lead tutorial or practical sessions to small groups of students or to participants of short courses.
- A PhD (or equivalent) in Biostatistics or a closely related quantitative discipline
- A thorough working knowledge of modern applied statistical techniques, including multilevel modelling and small area analyses
- Demonstrable experience of analysing epidemiological/biomedical data for research purposes
- Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams
- A good understanding of epidemiological/biomedical concepts and techniques that apply to a wide range of study designs
- Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage
Please note this is a re-advertisement; previous applicants need not apply.
The post is full time and fixed term for 20 months.
Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.
For informal enquiries please contact Prof Marta Blangiardo: firstname.lastname@example.org
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