Job description

UE08 £42,149 - £50,926 per annum


Full-Time; 35 hours per week

Fixed-Term; One Year

We are looking for a statistical epidemiologist or health data scientist with experience working with large electronic health record databases.

The Opportunity:

You will join a team of investigators in natural language processing, machine learning, epidemiology and clinical medicine investigating the use of large scale electronic health records to identify risk factors for dementia and stroke.

Particularly, you will lead the analysis of a large dataset of brain imaging reports linked to future health, with permissions in place. This will provide you with experience in the analysis of a very large healthcare dataset and a novel data type.

Further opportunities will be available over the next year to further develop this work in collaboration with partners at the University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh and the wider data-intensive analytic community in Scotland.

Dr Whiteley has mentored previous doctoral and post-doctoral students to substantial positions in the NHS, academia and industry .

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Experience working with very large datasets in privacy protecting environments
  • Evidence of excellent analytic skills with R, SAS or Python
  • Able to work well with a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to lead and develop analytic strategies using complex health data
  • Commitment to open science and highest standards of data protection

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As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Click to access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

Please contact with any questions about the position.

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.
The Deanery of Clinical Sciences (Head, Professor Hilary Critchley) has an international reputation in clinical based research through the combination of basic, clinical and translational science and epidemiological studies, and as a part of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, offers unparalleled opportunities for ground-breaking interdisciplinary research in the bio-medical sciences.

The Deanery comprises 5 interdisciplinary Research Centres: the University of Edinburgh/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences (Director, Professor Andy Baker), the Centre for Inflammation Research (Director, Professor David Dockrell), the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (Director, Professor Stuart Forbes), the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (Director, Professor Siddharthan Chandran), the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health (Co-Directors, Professor Richard Anderson and Professor Hilary Critchley); as well as the Edinburgh Imaging Facility (Director, Professor Dave Newby) the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility (Director, Professor Dave Newby) and the Edinburgh Dental Institute (Director, Professor Angus Walls).

Clinical Sciences employs around 1000 members of academic and support staff and has over 550 Honorary members who contribute significantly to teaching and research. The Deanery is a major contributor to the undergraduate MBChB curriculum and has approximately 1000 registered post graduate students studying a range of PhD, MD, taught and research MSc and on-line distance learning programmes. The Deanery can be found at the Bioquarter Campus (Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Chancellor’s Building, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People), the Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place, the Western General Hospital and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

In the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise, Medicine was ranked in the top 5 for the whole of the UK.

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