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Research Assistant/Associate - Epidemiology/Medical Statistics

Requisition ID:  4326

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £28,331.00 - £32,817.00 

Closing Date: 21 April 2020



The Role


We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated researcher in epidemiology/ public health using quantitative methods. The post will be based in a stimulating and collegial environment and Institute which is known internationally as a leader in ageing and public health research. The project funded by the US National Institutes of Health focuses on using longitudinal studies of ageing in the UK and USA to address the public health challenges in older populations such as malnutrition, sarcopenia and poor oral health. The role will involve leading on the longitudinal quantitative analysis using large epidemiological studies with rich data on health, social and biological measures.


Applications are invited from candidates with experience and skills in epidemiology, medical statistics or quantitative methods, particularly in the use of longitudinal data. The post will suit someone with a PhD (or nearing completion), or with similar relevant experience.


The project aims to investigate the role of oral health in the development of malnutrition and sarcopenia, the possible underlying mechanisms such as nutrition and inflammation. The post will involve collaborating nationally and internationally with leading centres of epidemiology and ageing research (e.g. UCL, US National Institute on Aging, University of Pittsburgh, UCSF). This is an exciting opportunity to further your experience in quantitative/ epidemiological methods as applied to public health. There will also be opportunities to engage with practice partners and stakeholders in local authorities and voluntary sector, particularly through Fuse (Centre for Translational Public Health Research in North East England). These opportunities provide wider transferrable skills and experience as a public health researcher. Our Institute has a strong commitment to supporting researchers and you will be supported with mentoring and professional career development plans.


This is a full time, fixed term post funded for 24 months in the first instance.


Further information can be obtained by contacting Sheena Ramsay (sheena.ramsay@newcastle.ac.uk)


Key Accountabilities
• Carry out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and to an appropriate standard
• Undertake longitudinal analysis of large epidemiological cohort studies with data on physical function, oral health, and social and biological measures.
• Prepare papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
• Attend meetings and other events appropriate to the project.
• Plan and manage activities related to the project.
• Present findings at meetings and conferences as required.
• Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills.
• Supervise less experienced staff and/or students.
• Contribute to the activities of the public health and ageing research groups at Newcastle University
• Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the Institute as required

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience
• Experience of accessing, managing and analysing longitudinal studies or similar quantitative healthcare data sources.
• Experience of using appropriate statistical techniques applied to epidemiological or similar data
• Experience of statistical software (e.g. SAS, Stata)
• Skills in critical appraisal, data analysis, statistics and interpretation.
• Evidence of ability to write high quality peer-reviewed publications
• Experience of carrying out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard

• Knowledge of longitudinal studies of chronic diseases or ageing and routinely collected healthcare datasets
• Experience of public/patient involvement
• Experience of preparing research proposals
• Experience of supervising student projects or less experienced staff


Attributes and Behaviours
• Ability to work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
• Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to adhere to strict observation of data governance issues, confidentiality and data protection legislation
• Ability to meet deadlines and to manage conflicting priorities
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a research project team
• Ability to present at national and international conferences and meetings
• Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work in teams, and maintain good working relationships
• Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others


• A PhD in epidemiology, medical statistics, public health, health services research, or a closely related subject (Essential for Associate, Desirable for Assistant)
• A Master’s degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification (Essential for Associate and Assistant)


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 4326