Research Associate in Statistics and Data Science for Environmental Epidemiology

Imperial College London School of Public Health

United Kingdom

Job summary

We have a vacancy for a Research Associate in statistics and data science for environmental epidemiology. The position is funded by Health Data Research UK (https://www.hdruk.ac.uk/) which is the new national institute for data science for health, which was established in 2018 with long term funding support from research councils, UKRI, charitable and governmental research funders. HDR UK seeks to drive improvements in the health of patients...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01714
  • Date posted 13 October 2020
  • Closing date 11 November 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location St Mary's Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department School of Public Health
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We have a vacancy for a Research Associate in statistics and data science for environmental epidemiology. The position is funded by Health Data Research UK (https://www.hdruk.ac.uk/) which is the new national institute for data science for health, which was established in 2018 with long term funding support from research councils, UKRI, charitable and governmental research funders. HDR UK seeks to drive improvements in the health of patients and populations through research at regional and national scale. The triple mission of HDR UK spans discovery of disease mechanisms in science through:

  1. Precision medicine and trials to public health
  2. Establishing platforms and underlying infrastructure to enable research at national scale
  3. Developing training and capacity opportunities.

To deliver this mission, the five major London universities – UCL (coordinating), Imperial College London, King’s College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary University of London – came together as a pan London Site. The terms of this partnership are set out in the Site Agreement. The six HDR UK Sites include London, Cambridge University (the Sanger and European Bioinformatics Institute), Oxford, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales/ Northern Ireland.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Imperial College research team working on HDR UK and to become a member of the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU; www.sahsu.org.uk). You will play a central role in advancing the field of environmental epidemiology and statistical methodology within HDR and SAHSU. You will focus on a statistical project applying different machine learning tools to understand the environmental and community-level factors driving obesity and diabetes in children, integrating administrative data available from various sources. You will be expected to also provide support across a range of projects within SAHSU.

Duties and responsibilities

You will run preliminary analyses on the environmental, community-level and outcome variables to understand their distributional characteristics and their spatial variation.

You will review machine learning approaches useful to cluster the environmental and community level variables and extend those to account for spatial correlation.

The approaches identified will be used to obtain well defined clusters of small area characteristics across different dimensions (e.g. pollution, food environment, mobility, social deprivation) as well as to link the clusters to the health outcomes (obesity in children available from a national survey in primary school and diabetes in children, available from the National Diabetes Audit).

You will construct maps of multi-domain vulnerability to the health conditions described above, providing a measure of their uncertainty.

Essential requirements

You should have a thorough working knowledge of spatial statistical modelling and a good understanding of epidemiological concepts. Familiarity with the R environment for visualising and modelling large datasets (R-INLA, Stan or NIMBLE in particular) is essential. You should be motivated and extremely organised with experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.

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.

Further information

The post is full time and fixed-term until the 31st March 2023, based at the St Mary’s Hospital Campus, Paddington.

For further information and an informal discussion contact Ms Eno Umoh (e.umoh@imperial.ac.uk) for a formal discussion please contact Prof Marta Blangiardo (m.blangiardo@imperial.ac.uk).

Our preferred method of application is online via our website http://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs. Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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.

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