Research Assistant in Epidemiology and Population Health

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research group and contribute to innovative and high-impact research in population health and global health. The overall theme of the research is analysing the past, current, or expected future levels and trends in population health. The work is at the cutting edge of global health science and policy, and arises from collaborative research with the World Health Organization and with an...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02012
  • Date posted 28 August 2020
  • Closing date 29 September 2020

Job description

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research group and contribute to innovative and high-impact research in population health and global health. The overall theme of the research is analysing the past, current, or expected future levels and trends in population health. The work is at the cutting edge of global health science and policy, and arises from collaborative research with the World Health Organization and with an extensive worldwide network of scientists from most of the world’s countries, which will give the work significant scientific and policy impact and visibility. The post-holder will be based in the Environment and Global Health Research Group (www.globalenvhealth.org) at Imperial School of Public Health, which is internationally renowned for data-driven research on population health.  

You must have a good undergraduate degree or MSc (or equivalent) in epidemiology, economics, demography, statistics, mathematics or a related subject; exceptional analytical and critical thinking; attention to detail; familiarity with large datasets, and ability to efficiently manage large quantities of data; knowledge of R, Python or related programming languages; and ability to work with other researchers and with diverse collaborators. There will be scope for you to learn skills and concepts that would position you for a strong application to PhD programmes.

Duties and responsibilities

You will lead the identification and collation of high-quality population health data together with worldwide collaborators and the communication with collaborators regarding data and other project-related matters. You will systematically check data sources and their content for measures of quality and to record relevant meta-data for each data source, manage databases consisting of large number of heterogeneous data sources, extract and organise data for statistical analysis and to conduct analyses and attend research group meetings and other relevant meetings. You will also be required to undertake any necessary training and/or development.

 

Essential requirements

You should have a good undergraduate degree or MSc or equivalent in epidemiology, economics, demography, statistics, mathematics or a related subject. You will have experience in exploring, managing and preparing large, multi-dimensional and heterogeneous datasets and experience of using and programming in R, Python or related programming languages.

Further information

The post is full time and fixed-term until 31 December 2021, based at the St Mary’s Hospital Campus, Paddington.

For further information and an informal discussion contact Dr Bin Zhou (b.zhou13@imperial.ac.uk), for a formal discussion please contact Professor Majid Ezzati (majid.ezzati@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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  • 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.