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Clinical Research Fellow, UK Biobank

£32,803 - £48,605 
UK Biobank Clinical Research Fellow

This post provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for a clinician to contribute to the development of UK Biobank an international research resource based on data of unparalleled breadth and depth from 500,000 UK adults ( 

Your role will be to develop and execute methods for the identification of a wide range of disease outcomes ascertained mainly through linkage to routinely-collected health datasets including hospital admissions, death registrations and primary care data. They will lead a series of validation studies to investigate the accuracy of these datasets for the identification of health outcomes (including, for example, cardiovascular, metabolic, musculoskeletal, respiratory and mental health disorders). UK Biobank is a large prospective cohort study of 500,000 very well characterised UK adults aged 40-69 years at baseline, who were recruited in 2006-2010, and are being followed up for health outcomes through linkages to routinely collected health datasets over the next few decades. 

The post will be based in the UK Biobank Chief Scientist’s team at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences and Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics on the University of Edinburgh’s Little France campus. 

This post is a rare and unique opportunity to get right in at the heart of an internationally renowned study and is ideal for a clinician wishing to train in epidemiology and obtain skills in clinical research methods, data science and statistics. 

You will have a good medical degree, have completed your pre-specialisation medical training and qualifications, and be aiming for or have committed to speciality training in a relevant area. Areas relevant to this project are broad and may include general practice, geriatrics, general medicine, acute medicine, surgical specialties, psychiatry and public health. Excellent communication and organisational skills, the ability to work flexibly in a large multidisciplinary team, and a proactive approach to problem solving and changing priorities are essential. Experience of critical appraisal of scientific papers, conducting research, or writing scientific papers would be an advantage. 

This post is full-time, to start as soon as possible and available for two years in the first instance Applications from candidates who wish to work part time or on a sessional basis are also welcomed.

For an appropriate candidate there will be the possibility of registering for and completing a higher degree (PhD or MD), applying for a personal research training fellowship, and / or extending the post.

Interviews are scheduled to be held on 9 May 2017.

Ref: 037781.  Closing Date: 17 April 2017


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