Research Associate in Molecular Epidemiology

Job summary

We are seeking a Molecular Epidemiologist to work on a project on multiomics within the molecular epidemiology project of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence (BHF). Funding for this post is from the BHF Centre of Research Excellence which encourages scientists from outside traditional biomedical research to engage in cardiovascular research and builds bridges between Imperial College’s scientific expertise in life...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02002
  • Date posted 3 September 2020
  • Closing date 4 October 2020

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking a Molecular Epidemiologist to work on a project on multiomics within the molecular epidemiology project of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence (BHF).

Funding for this post is from the BHF Centre of Research Excellence which encourages scientists from outside traditional biomedical research to engage in cardiovascular research and builds bridges between Imperial College’s scientific expertise in life sciences, medicine, engineering, chemistry and computational biology with the ultimate objective of furthering our understanding of cardiovascular disease and discovering new ways to treat it. The renewed BHF Centre is focused around 3 main themes, namely Cardiovascular Engineering, Functional Genetics and Genomics, and Population Sciences, with 2 crosscutting themes, Imaging, and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

In brief, we will study genetic, metabolomics and proteomic determinants of cardiovascular diseases in order to identify novel biomarkers and biochemical pathways underlying cardiovascular disease and traits. We are also interested in cardiovascular risk prediction model development and validation using genetic and other ‘omic’ information.

You will be accountable directly to Dr Ioanna Tzoulaki. You will also work closely with Professor Paul Elliott and Dr Abbas Dehghan and a team of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students working on population cohort data and multi-omics. The department also houses the MRC Centre for Environment and Health (led by Professor Elliott).

Duties and responsibilities

You will collaborate closely with population and experimental scientists, including biochemists and chemometricians. You will be responsible for working with participating studies, harmonization of the clinical data across studies, bringing the clinical and omics data together, running omics analysis and interpreting the findings, and coordination with the biochemistry lab. You will also be expected to perform any other duties as may be deemed reasonable by Head of group as well as Head of Division/Department/Section.

Essential requirements

We are seeking a talented molecular epidemiologist who is familiar with the analysis and interpretation of omics data to join our molecular epidemiology team. The appointed person will work within the department of epidemiology and biostatistics applying their expertise to molecular epidemiology and metabolomics to further develop our understanding of the molecular signals and pathways underlying the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and their underlying risk factors.

Further information

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

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 further information and an informal discussion contact Dr Elizabeth Hayes (e.hayes@imperial.ac.uk), for a formal discussion please contact Dr Ioanna Tzoulaki (i.tzoulaki@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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  • 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.