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Research Assistant/Research Associate* – Biostatistician/Genetic Epidemiologist

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cancer Genetic Epidemiology

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 16th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £27,116-£40,927
  • REF: RS28172
  • Closes: 29th September 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Research Assistant Grade 5: £27,116 – £31,406

Research Associate* Grade 7: £33,309 – £40,927

Applications are invited for a biostatistician/genetic epidemiologist to join the group of Prof Paul Pharoah within the Centre for Genetic Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. The team carries out research in the molecular and genetic epidemiology of the common cancers, primarily ovarian cancer. The successful applicant will lead the biostatistical analysis of association studies based on whole genome and exome sequencing data from publicly generated data sets such as UK Biobank and the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Applicants should have a PhD* in statistics, epidemiology, bioinformatics or mathematics or have equivalent qualifications or experience. Knowledge of programming in R, Perl, Python or similar is essential. Previous experience of large-scale data analysis, genetic epidemiology, statistical methodology and knowledge of cancer biology and cancer genetics would be an advantage. The postholder will be working within a team and will need to liaise with statisticians, bioinformaticians and laboratory scientists within the Centre, and scientists in collaborating groups.

*Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be, awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded (PhD needs to be awarded within 6 months of the start date). If an individual has not submitted a PhD or is not working towards one they could be appointed as a Research Assistant if they have either a degree (and/or Master’s) in a relevant area or equivalent experience.

The funds for these posts are available until 30 September 2024

This is a full-time position. We would also welcome part-time applications of no less than 60% FTE per week.

Location – Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Paul Pharoah via email pp10001@medschl.cam.ac.uk

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Closing date: 29th September 2021

Interview Date: 6th October 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 e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RS28172 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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