Research Officer & Data Scientist

Location: Swansea

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£34,804 to £40,322 per annum (Pro rata, if part time) together with USS pension benefits.

The normal expectation is that the successful applicant will be appointed to the minimum of the scale with annual increments on 1 October each year (subject to completing six months service).

This is a fixed term position until 31/10/2022.

Main Purpose of the Post

Swansea University is a partner of Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), a public-private partnership which is seeking to advance dementias and neuroscience research and aid with the development of new treatments for dementias and neurological disorders.

Swansea University is host to the DPUK Data Portal, a state-of-the-art research environment and data repository for data from multiple longitudinal cohort studies and other data providers from across the UK and internationally. The Data Portal provides a virtual analysis environment for hundreds of researchers worldwide to access the rich data shared via the Portal by research groups working in dementias, neuroscience, and more broadly longitudinal population studies. The aim for Dementias Platform UK, having been successful in a refunding bid for a further 5 years after an initial 6 year programme to establish the Data Portal and data sharing framework, is to build upon the foundations to create a streamlined knowledge environment for both partners and collaborators alike, and to enhance scientific offerings in experimental medicine.

The focus of the role would be to be part of a cross-sectoral team, working with the DPUK lead institution, University of Oxford, and many other of the consortium partners, to unlock the scientific potential of the cohort data held on the Data Portal, and to accelerate understanding of such data and the potential of linking such data to routine health records in order to improve the treatments and healthcare pathways for dementia and other neurological disorders.

Applications are sought for individuals with skills and experience in preparation and analysis of linked and complex research data sources, preferably in health or social care), and a background in epidemiology, statistics, health service research, operational research, or related informatics backgrounds to work on research in the e-records research field.

The role provides an exciting opportunity to join Swansea University Medical School, one of the UK’s leading Medical Schools.

Swansea University Medical School provides an interdisciplinary approach, educating and training the next generation of doctors, life scientists, and health professionals. It collaborates with the NHS, business and the third sector in a spirit of open innovation and has established itself as a world-class place to learn, research and innovate. The Medical School ranks 1st in the UK for research environment and 2nd for overall research quality (REF2014-2021) and 3rd for Medicine (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

The Medical School became the first department within the University to achieve an Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award in 2015, and was re-awarded in 2019 in recognition of its commitment to equality. The University also holds the Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award.

Swansea University has been awarded the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence and Student Outcome Framework (TEF) Gold award to recognise its excellent teaching standards.

Informal enquiries contact details and further information

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed towards: Chris Orton, Programme Manager, Population Data Science at

Terms and Conditions of employment

Hours: 35 per week. (This is a full time post but applications from individuals seeking part time, job share or flexible working arrangements are welcome)

Annual leave: 31 days per annum plus Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time staff)

The salary will be on the Grade 8 salary scale for Research Staff.

The appointment is subject to the General Terms of Appointment for Academic and related Staff.

The following link provides further information on the benefits of working in Swansea University:

We have an under-representation of men in the area of research and would particularly welcome applications from men for this position. We also have an under representation of individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and would encourage applications from these groups. Appointments will always be made on merit.

Job Reference: AC04403

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