Research Associate in Data Science

Job summary

The UK DRI is seeking an outstanding research associate in data science specialising in biostatistics and computational biology who would be interested in taking on a challenging role with considerable scope for independent scientific achievement and personal growth.  You will be passionate about tackling big problems and be ready to try out high-risk, high-payoff projects. The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) at Imperial has been...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01839
  • Date posted 22 May 2020
  • Closing date 24 June 2020

Job description

Job summary

The UK DRI is seeking an outstanding research associate in data science specialising in biostatistics and computational biology who would be interested in taking on a challenging role with considerable scope for independent scientific achievement and personal growth.  You will be passionate about tackling big problems and be ready to try out high-risk, high-payoff projects.

The UK Dementia Research Institute (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.

We are seeking a talented Biostatistician with expertise in the analysis and interpretation of complex biomedical data, including multi-omics data to join our UK DRI team. This post will provide expertise in the analysis of complex biomedical data and omics including genetic data (GWAS), epigenetics (EWAS) and metabolomics (MWAS). The post is located in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, which houses world-leading epidemiological resources including intense phenotyping of cardiometabolic traits and rich omics datasets including genomic, epigenomic and metabolomic data. You will benefit from the diverse types of biomedical data, patient data, multi-omics data and other resources available within Imperial College London and its collaborative partners. In the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics specific resources include the Airwave Health Monitoring Study of the UK police forces, with stored data and samples and follow-up information from around 45,000 people. Moreover, the project provides a platform for collaborative work with a number of well-established epidemiologic studies including MESA (USA), Finnish birth cohort studies and the Rotterdam Study (The Netherlands).

You will work on the molecular epidemiology programme of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) at Imperial.

Duties and responsibilities

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.

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

We are looking to appoint individuals with a background in biostatistics or computational medicine or a related quantitative subject, with very strong analytical and interpretative skills. You will collaborate closely with population and experimental scientists, including biochemists and chemometricians. Candidates will be interested in gaining/sharing knowledge and experience within and outside their domains. You will be responsible for the translation of scientific questions into solutions, for example, statistical analysis of large-scale omics data and scientific data modelling. You will work closely with other researchers both within UK DRI and with scientific and clinical partners. You will be part of project teams to creatively share knowledge and experience including in the areas of biostatistics, omics technologies, informatics, clinical and chemical science domains.

Further information

The post is full time and fixed term for 24 months, based at the St Mary’s Hospital Campus, Paddington.

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

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)

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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.