Research Associate in Biostatistics

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

The MRC Biostatistics Unit is one of Europe's leading biostatistics research institutions. Our focus is to deliver new analytical and computational strategies based on sound statistical principles for the challenging tasks facing biomedicine and public health.

We are seeking applications for a Research Associate position to work on the MRC grant-funded project 'Looking beyond the mean: what within-person variability can tell us about dementia, cardiovascular disease and cystic fibrosis'.

Statistical inference usually focuses on mean differences in an outcome of interest and on the identification of associated risk factors to gain understanding of biological mechanisms and for use in prediction. However, there is growing interest in looking at within-individual variability, that is, how an individual's function fluctuates, and how such fluctuation could provide enhanced insight into disease risk and progression. Statistical modelling of within-individual variability can address clinical questions concerning e.g. the role of blood pressure variability in cardiovascular disease, and lung function variability in the progression of cystic fibrosis. The post-holder will be working on the development of new models for longitudinal data analysis and joint models with time-to-event data, under the supervision of Dr Jessica Barrett and in collaboration with expert statistical and clinical colleagues.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated biostatistician to work on the development of novel statistical methodology applied to substantive clinical questions. A PhD in statistics (or equivalent experience) and knowledge of longitudinal data analysis and survival analysis is essential for this role. The successful candidate will also demonstrate previous experience of statistical methods development and a creative approach to problem-solving.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Dr Jessica Barrett,

The Unit is situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the world's most vibrant centres of biomedical research, which includes the University of Cambridge's Clinical School, two major hospitals, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and the world headquarters of Astra Zeneca.

The Unit is actively seeking to increase diversity among its staff, including promoting an equitable representation of men and women. The Unit therefore especially encourages applications from women, from minority ethnic groups and from those with non-standard career paths. Appointment will be made on merit.

We welcome applications from those wishing to work part-time.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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Closing Date: 16 June 2021

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SL26610 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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