Postdoctoral Data Analyst (NCS)

Location: Edinburgh EH16

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UE07 (£33,797 - £40,322)
CMVM / MGPHS / Usher Institute
Full time, 35h per week
Fixed term available from July 2021 to 31st July 2022

The Centre for Medical Informatics at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh is looking for a Postdoctoral Data Analyst for the National Core Studies team.

The Opportunity:
The successful candidate will play a key role in establishing a centralised, responsive resource, linking data assets from a diverse range of longitudinal population studies with health, social and environmental records, with harmonised governance for processing and research interrogation. This post will contribute primarily to analysis and linkage of data in the EAVE-II (Early Assessment of Vaccine and anti-viral Effectiveness) dataset to provide insights into disease risks and consequences. The work will inform population health and social policy by providing evidence of the medium-to-long term consequences of COVID-19 infection, and of policies to control the pandemic.

The main focus of this role is to make best use of data linkage opportunities to explore questions relating to the pandemic. The post holder will be required to navigate data permissions for relevant datasets, working closely with data custodians where required. Significant collaboration is expected with analysts working on related research, in Edinburgh and other institutions, based on a “team science” approach. Results will be written up, presented and disseminated quickly in line with national priorities.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Wendy Inglis Humphrey, Research Manager (

Your skills and attributes for success:
  • A PhD (or near completion) in a relevant scientific or numerate subject
  • Track record of carrying out independent, quality research in a data-focussed field, and in the timely delivery of analytical or data-focused projects.
  • Ability to extract, transfer, transform data for analysis using different statistical packages (e.g. SAS, STATA, R) and experience of writing complex queries (e.g. SQL).
  • Solid understanding of the principles of security and confidentiality of personal data in a research context, and how to identify and mitigate risk of security breaches.
  • Success in navigating governance challenges and other logistics required to carry out research using data owned and managed by others.

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Please include your CV and a supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post.

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work, both within Edinburgh and collaborations with top researchers in other leading Universities. 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. 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 Tier 2/Skilled Worker Visa.

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 Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics is a high-energy, interdisciplinary environment dedicated to improving the health of individuals and populations locally and globally through transformative research, education, knowledge exchange and innovation. The Usher Institute is currently directed by Professor Aziz Sheikh, and sits within the Edinburgh Medical School in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Working with partners across the NHS, policymakers, industry partners and the public is central to the highly collaborative ethos of the Usher Institute. Three core research centres in Global Health, Medical Informatics and Population Health Sciences are at the heart of the Usher Institute, ensuring it boasts a truly interdisciplinary environment. Around 300 researchers and support staff with expertise in a varied range of methodologies and topics contribute to world-leading research in global health, population health sciences and medical informatics. Our research expertise is at the heart of the excellent educational experience we offer in a wide range of taught and research postgraduate programmes, both online and on-campus, our programme of continuing professional development and in our contribution to the undergraduate medical degree. We maintain an open, engaging and dynamic environment and welcome collaborations from around the globe.

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