Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Multimorbidity, Health Data Science

London, United Kingdom
£34,220 to £40,194 per annum inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 5)
15 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department: Blizard Institute
Salary: £34,220 to £40,194 per annum inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 5)
Location: Whitechapel
Closing date: 06-Dec-2019


Applications are invited for the role of Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Multimorbidity in the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London. The Blizard Institute is the largest institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and aims to deliver excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and clinical service.

The Blizard Institute is a substantive site for Health Data Research UK (London) and has recently received a £5.5 million award from the Wellcome Trust to host a PhD programme in Health Data Science. Close links to the Computer Science department at QMUL, and the Life Sciences Centre at Barts Health bring collaborative opportunities in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry was ranked 1st in London in the National Student Survey, and 3rd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018, and is placed in the top 7 institutions for clinical medicine in the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

This newly-created post is based in the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health.  An experienced health data scientist is sought for this exciting role, aligned to the world-leading, long-term Genes & Health research programme. The successful candidate will lead the health data science research that underpins a major new MRC grant ““Multimorbidity clusters, trajectories and genetic risk, in British south Asians”.

The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral researcher will be to use advanced data science/epidemiological/statistical techniques to identify multimorbidity clusters in British south Asians, study their lifecourse trajectories, and compare these in white Europeans. This research will use linked, multisource, electronic health data from two large sources: (i) Genes & Health (n=42,000+ British Bangladeshis and British Pakistanis) and (ii) east London population-wide primary care data (n=1.05million). The postholder will also support interdisciplinary research investigating the potential genetic causation of multimorbidity, supported by world-class genomic scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The postholder will be encouraged to bring existing expertise in data science, but will also be supported to develop this further according to their interests and skills. There is a strong commitment to personal and professional development within the Blizard Institute, and the successful applicant will be encouraged to develop their own ideas and projects and build up a strong academic profile. The postholder will be supported by a strong collaborative network of researchers involved in this project, and linked more widely via the Genes & Health programme.

The post is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years, starting in March 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.  Starting salary will be in the range £34,220 to £40,194 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.  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 Dr Sarah Finer, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Diabetes, and deputy lead for Genes & Health at

Details about the Institute can be found at : and East London Genes and Health at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 06 December 2019.  Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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The School of Medicine and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

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.