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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Medical Statistics - QMUL20803

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220 - £36,098 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL20803
Location: Whitechapel
Date posted: 17-Mar-2020
Closing date: 24-Apr-2020

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Following a successful large research grant awarded by Barts Charity to investigate stunting (childhood growth failure) in the UK, applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Medical Statistics. The post will be based in the Blizard Institute – one of the six constituent research institutes within Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London. The Blizard Institute is one of the most multidisciplinary translational research institutes in the UK, and is based on the Whitechapel campus, next door to the Royal London Hospital.

The post-holder will work with a multidisciplinary team of investigators researching short stature (stunting) in children. This collaborative project will investigate whether there is an unrecognised burden of stunting among children in the UK, particularly in socioeconomically deprived areas such as east London. We will first map the prevalence of short stature using UK national data to identify hotspots of stunting. We will then develop an automated growth-screening algorithm using a longitudinal dataset from almost 20,000 UK children and then pilot the screening tool among 600 pre-school children in east London GP surgeries to evaluate its acceptability, feasibility and performance. 

The post-holder will lead the analyses of large national datasets. Some flexibility of working is required due to the institutions of the supervisors. The post will be based primarily at the Blizard Institute, but the post-holder will spend up to 3 days per week at St George’s University of London (SGUL) in Tooting, to benefit from the supervision of Prof Morris, and the grouping of statisticians in the Population Health Research Institute on the SGUL campus.

Candidates should have a PhD or MSc in Medical Statistics/Epidemiology or equivalent professional experience and an undergraduate degree in relevant subject or equivalent experience.  Experience in the field of statistics, together with strong mathematics and statistical skills are essential.

The post is full time and fixed-term for 2 years. Starting salary will be in the range of £34,220 to £36,098 per annum inclusive of London Allowance, depending on experience. Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Andrew Prendergast(

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The closing date for applications is the 24 April 2020. Interviews are expected to take place soon after this date.


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The School of Medicine holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award.  We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN principles we strongly encourage applications from women.


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