Vacancy ID:
8810
Location:
Leicester
Department:
Diabetes Research Centre
Vacancy terms:
Full-time or job share, fixed term contract for 24 months
Salary details:
Grade 6 £31,396 to £36,024 per annum (pro rata if part-time)
Hours per week:
37.5
07 Dec 2023
About the role
We are looking for a talented and motivated individual to join the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Data Innovation for multiple long-term conditions and ethnic health theme working across the Leicester Real World Evidence Unit and the Biostatistics Research Group. This unique opportunity will give experience in both epidemiological analysis and methodological research.

The NIHR Leicester BRC is a partnership between the University of Leicester, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Loughborough University and the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group. It has been funded £26.1 million from December 2022 to November 2027 to carry out pioneering research into medical advancements into illnesses linked to respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease and the consequences of inactivity will continue to push boundaries of knowledge in clinical medicine. The Data Innovation for multiple long-term conditions and ethnic health theme is a new specialty area led by Professors Kamlesh Khunti (Leicester Real World Evidence Unit) and Laura Gray (Biostatistics Research Group). 

The Leicester Real World Evidence Unit is based within the Diabetes Research centre, and specialises in the use of large routinely collected data for observational studies in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, multiple long-term conditions and ethnic health inequalities. The Biostatistics Research Group within the Department of Population Health Sciences specialises in the development, application and teaching of statistical methods in medical research with the ultimate aim of improving the health of the population. A particular strength of the group is the transferral of novel statistical methodology into practice through the development of software, use of novel methods in applied studies through collaboration with both internal and external clinicians, development of guidelines for policy-makers and teaching on specialist courses. 

This post will support our NIHR Leicester BRC and we are looking for individuals who are interested in progressing their knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas covering both the application of methods and the development of novel methodologies: 

  • Use of real-world data from classical observational studies or electronic health records (e.g. UK Biobank, the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), and Hospital Episodes Statistics)
  • Longitudinal observational studies
  • Survival analysis
  • Prognostic modelling
  • Evidence synthesis of experimental studies to inform latter phase studies and/or personalised medicine
  • Optimising the use of real world data
The post-holder will work closely with senior academics/researchers and other team members from both the Leicester Real World Evidence Unit and the Biostatistics Research Group to help conduct a programme of both applied health research and methodological innovation which aligns to their expertise and the requirements of the BRC. They will also be expected to provide statistical support to research studies conducted across the other areas of the BRC. It is anticipated that the post holder will split their time evenly across the two teams. 
About you
You will hold a relevant MSc or have the equivalent research experience, as well as an understanding of approaches to analysing observational data and clinical trials. Alongside this, you will have knowledge of undertaking systematic reviews and statistical programming skills. 
Additional information
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Freya Tyrer at [email protected].

We anticipate that interviews will take place on the 14th December 2023.

The University of Leicester prides itself on the diversity of its student population and on being an inclusive employer. We encourage applications from candidates who represent the diversity of our student population, local communities and wider society. In particular, we welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as this is a staff group currently underrepresented in the University.

As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to professional development, this role will also be considered on a seconded basis for existing staff members. Please ensure this is discussed with your line manager prior to applying. More information regarding secondments can be found here.
 
The University of Leicester has been changing the world, and changing people’s lives, for 100 years. When you join us, you’ll become part of a community of Citizens of Change, which includes not only our staff and our current students but also thousands of Leicester graduates around the world.
 
As a diverse and forward-thinking employer, we embed the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion into everything we do. That includes not just our core missions of teaching and research, but also our support for staff, students and our local community through our values of Inspiring, Impactful and Inclusive.
 
We’re committed to the wellbeing of all our staff and to the sustainability of our environment, on our campus and beyond. We offer a competitive salary package, excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance, along with opportunities to develop your career in a supportive and collaborative environment.

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