Research Associate in Epidemiology x 2

Job summary

The SCAMP team led by Professor Mireille Toledano are seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to help deliver an ambitious and exciting new programme of work addressing multifactorial pathways to adolescent mental health over the next 5 years following a UKRI MRC grant funding extension worth £2.4m. Launched in 2014, SCAMP (Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones) is a major prospective cohort study, following secondary school...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02056
  • Date posted 13 October 2020
  • Closing date 11 November 2020

Job description

Job summary

The SCAMP team led by Professor Mireille Toledano are seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to help deliver an ambitious and exciting new programme of work addressing multifactorial pathways to adolescent mental health over the next 5 years following a UKRI MRC grant funding extension worth £2.4m.

Launched in 2014, SCAMP (Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones) is a major prospective cohort study, following secondary school pupils across London from Year 7 (ages 11-12) through to early adulthood to investigate whether use of mobile phones and other wireless technologies affect young people’s neurocognitive, behavioural and mental health outcomes.

This post provides an excellent opportunity to work on a large prospective cohort study. The post holder will play a leading role in the design, development and co-ordination of the next phase of follow-up data collection, supervision of junior researchers, and working with schools and other research collaborators. The successful candidate will conduct epidemiological/statistical analysis, write-up of papers for publication, and present study findings to peers.

For more information on the SCAMP study please visit www.scampstudy.org

Duties and responsibilities

You will undertake a programme of child/adolescent epidemiology, with particular focus on mental health, cognitive function, and environmental/lifestyle/external influences (e.g. RF-EMF, physical activity, COVID-19), in collaboration with the PI, Co-Is, the research team and external collaborators. You will effectively liaise with project partners e.g. academic, schools, teachers, parents, commercial entities etc. You will undertake hands-on data collection/fieldwork with the SCAMP team. You will also obtain and maintain ethical approval and study consent. You will also undertake literature searches and critical reviews of evidence in support of the project programme and that of the PI and co-PI.

Please see the full Job Description for more details on duties and responsibilities.

Essential requirements

You will have a PhD, or equivalent, in epidemiology, medical statistics or a related quantitative discipline, experience of co-ordinating research projects and a strong background in either epidemiology or medical statistics. Knowledge of epidemiological concepts and techniques is also essential.  You will also have experience of analysing large, complex datasets and experience of preparing large datasets for analysis (running database queries, checking and cleaning data, etc.)

A track record of publications in high impact peer-reviewed literature, ability to conduct critical review of recent literature and a working knowledge of GDPR. You will have a fluent use of MS Office and at least one of the following major statistical software packages (R, Stata, SAS) and proven ability to write papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Further information

The post is full time and fixed term for 12 months. 

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 any specific queries regarding the post please contact Steven Shen - chen.shen@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@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.

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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.