Research Associate (Fixed Term)
Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate (Biostatistics)
in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology within the School of Clinical
The role is funded as part of a $4.8M grant from Wellcome Leap. The overall
aim of the current project is to identify novel methods for screening pregnant
women to identify those at high risk of complications due to placental
dysfunction and the project has been funded on the basis of a high chance of
significant clinical impact. The statistical elements of the project are
overseen by Dr Paul Kirk, who leads the MRC Biostatistics Unit Statistical and
machine learning approaches for molecular precision medicine research
programme. It is anticipated that the successful applicant would have
affiliate status at the nearby MRC Biostatistics Unit and would also work
closely with Dr Kirk.
The project will perform proteomic analysis of blood samples from the
Pregnancy Outcome Prediction Study (POPS) cohort and will validate
predictive models using samples from other cohorts. The existing data and
biological samples from the POPS cohort have been generated from >£10M of
external funding. Validation will include analysis of samples from the POPS2
cohort, funded by £3.1M from the Wellcome Trust. Recent ¿omic analyses of the
POPS cohort have resulted in high profile publications, including Nature
(2019 and 2021) and Nature Medicine (2020).
The successful candidate will have a strong background in applied
biostatistics and have advanced skills in the R statistical package.
They will have the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of researchers
across the School of Clinical Medicine and other collaborating centres.
In the first instance, the post will be funded for a fixed term of 3 years.
The post is full time.
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system (if you have not already) and apply online.
Closing Date: 30 October 2022
Interview Date: TBC
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 that 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 RI33295 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.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
22 September 2022
28 October 2022