Research Associate in Epidemiology

Job summary

We seek an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to study the impacts of air quality interventions on population health. This post is part of a large-scale project to understand the impact of public health interventions targeting urban air quality on population health. The research will initially focus on the natural experiment of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone as an exemplar Clean Air Zone. This will involve designing, analysing and...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02215
  • Date posted 5 January 2021
  • Closing date 3 February 2021

Job description

Job summary

We seek an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to study the impacts of air quality interventions on population health. This post is part of a large-scale project to understand the impact of public health interventions targeting urban air quality on population health. The research will initially focus on the natural experiment of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone as an exemplar Clean Air Zone. This will involve designing, analysing and interpreting findings from large-scale population-based cohorts built from linked routinely collected individual level health data and environmental exposure data.

There will be an opportunity to develop epidemiological and public health expertise through the evaluation of the Ultra Low Emission Zone and the translation of findings to settings across the UK (and beyond). The research will focus on health inequalities across the life-course and multimorbidity.

This role is funded by a Medical Research Council Programme Grant led by Professor Paul Elliott and Professor Frank Kelly. You will be based in the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU, www.sahsu.org) and work closely with a team of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students working on health data, environmental exposure data and population cohort data. Key collaborations with be Air Quality modelling experts, Epidemiologists, Biostatisticians, Public Health professionals and Clinicians in the MRC Centre for Environment and Health (https://www.environment-health.ac.uk/) and the Children’s Health in London and Luton (CHILL) study (https://www.qmul.ac.uk/chill/).

Duties and responsibilities

You will integrate birth, death, health, demographic, socio-economic and environmental data from a range of sources. Population-level healthcare data spanning the life-course will be sourced primarily from the SAHSU research database at Imperial College. This database currently contains over 600 million patient records from data providers including NHS Digital, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Welsh Cancer Intelligence & Surveillance Unit (WCISU). This data is georeferenced and at high temporal and spatial resolution. For further information on SAHSU, please see www.sahsu.org.

In addition, this project will leverage the emerging WSIC population-based data resource within North West London through an existing collaboration between SAHSU and the Discover-NOW HDRUK Hub for Real-World evidence synthesis led by Imperial College Health Partners (https://imperialcollegehealthpartners.com/what-we-do/discover-now/).

You will also have a research co-ordination responsibility, supporting the PIs with activities including protocol preparation, data management, ethical approvals and governance, project milestones and deliverables, public and community involvement. There will be opportunity to engage with and contribute to the wider research programme within SAHSU.

Essential requirements

We are seeking a talented epidemiologist or quantitative public health researcher who is familiar with the analysis and interpretation of population-based studies to join the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit. The post will include the design and analysis of observational epidemiological studies using large-scale linked datasets constructed from health, environmental exposure and socio-demographic data and a range of statistical methods; including natural experiment designs and small-area methodologies.

You should have a thorough understanding of epidemiological concepts in observational studies and of applied statistical methods. Knowledge of multi-level, Bayesian and/or mixed-level statistical approaches to small-area studies would be desirable but is not essential.

Further information

The post is full time and fixed term, until 31 March 2025, 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 £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

For further information and an informal discussion contact Ms Eno Umoh (e.umoh@imperial.ac.uk), for a formal discussion please contact Dr Bethan Davies (bethan.davies06@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
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  • Deliver positive outcomes
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  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

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