Group Leader (Innovation Investigator track) in A-TAP Data Science

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

July 5, 2021


Group Leader (Innovation Investigator track) in A-TAP Data Science

Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Roosevelt Drive, Headington, Oxford OX3 7FY. Grade 9: £48,114 – £55,750 p.a. (with discretionary range up to £60,905)

We are seeking a new Group Leader (Innovation Investigator track) in Data Science to lead a research group focused on computational approaches for cross-disease analysis of high-dimensional datasets in immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs). The post-holder will join the Arthritis Therapy Acceleration Programme (A-TAP), a £7 million research initiative spanning the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham, to deliver new complex innovative trials in IMIDs.

A-TAP aims to achieve a cross-disease understanding of the cellular basis of tissue inflammation. This will be combined with precision pathology, which brings together basket trials, Bayesian statistics and cell-based outcome measures, to de-risk early-stage trials of drugs that target IMIDs to deliver new treatments to patients faster.

The successful candidate will act as team leader for A-TAP date science, integrating the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology's data science platform with data from A-TAP clinical studies. In particular, you will set the strategic direction for the successful adoption of single cell omic technologies across A-TAP, including the development and deployment of appropriate analytical pipelines. You will work with the Data Science Platform team at the Kennedy led by Prof Irina Udalova and Associate Professor Stephen Sansom. You will seek out research funding to support independent research initiatives, as well as developing ideas as part of collaborative funding applications led other members of the A-TAP team. You will train and supervise/co-supervise postdoctoral fellows and DPhil students relevant to the A-TAP programme and act as a member of relevant Institute and Departmental committees, advising on scientific and management issues.

You will hold a relevant Ph.D/D.Phil and/or post-graduate medical degree (M.D.) with significant post-qualification research experience and have a record of outstanding accomplishment in earlier training stages relevant to the use of single cell data and spatial imaging with an international reputation and publication record. You must have a track record of success in competitive funding e.g. holding competitive studentships or fellowships, as well as experience of managing research projects and staff including training and mentoring technical staff of graduate students. Experience of leading research programmes, including setting the strategic direction is desirable.

The postholder will be based in the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (KIR), Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford.

Additional security pre-employment checks

Due to the nature of the research at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, this job will require additional security pre-employment checks:

• A satisfactory basic Disclosure and Barring Service check

This is a full time fixed-term appointment for 3 years (in the first instance).

The closing date for this position is midday, Monday 5 July 2021. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

Contact Person : NDORMS Recruitment Team Vacancy ID : 151036 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 05-Jul-2021 12:00 Contact Email :

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