Research Assistant/Associate in Environmental Epidemiology

Job summary

The advertised post as research assistant/associate in Environmental Epidemiology 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. This post is part of the project titled: “Reduced noise...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01951
  • Date posted 23 July 2020
  • Closing date 26 August 2020

Job description

Job summary

The advertised post as research assistant/associate in Environmental Epidemiology 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.

This post is part of the project titled: “Reduced noise Impacts on Short-Term Aircraft Noise and Cardiovascular Outcomes   (RISTANCO)”, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (https://www.nihr.ac.uk/). The project is a collaboration across the MRC Centre for Environment and Health (prof Marta Blangiardo, and the University of Leicester (prof Anna Hansell, prof John Gulliver).

The successful applicant will help answer the substantive question: “Is there a significant short-term impact of aircraft noise on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality?” and will design and conduct a spatial case-crossover analysis relating daily changes in aircraft noise to cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality, taking account of relevant confounders that also change on a day-to-day basis such as temperature and air pollution.

Duties and responsibilities


  • To specify and apply a Bayesian spatial case-crossover to evaluate the relationship between aircraft noise and mortality/hospital admissions around Heathrow airport.

  • To visually and analytically disseminate the results and the corresponding uncertainty to the scientific community, decision makers and the general public.

  • To submit abstracts and present findings at national and international meetings.

  • To take a leading role in writing of scientific papers and to publish in high quality journals.

  • To work cooperatively as part of multidisciplinary teams.

  • To contribute to the teaching (Undergraduate and/or Postgraduate) delivered by the department of 5-15 hours per year, usually in the form of assisting/leading tutorial or practical sessions to small groups of students or to participants of short courses.

Essential requirements


  • 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.

  • A good understanding of epidemiological/biomedical concepts and techniques that apply to a wide range of study designs.

  • Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Further information

The post is full time and fixed term for up to 15 months in the first instance. 

If you have any queries about the role please contact Prof Marta Blangiardo: m.blangiardo@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.

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.