KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

Senior Epidemiologist

Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
£46,292 - £54,534 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Posted
14 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
11 Jul 2021
Ref
025188
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Part Time

Job description
 
About Us
The Cancer Prevention Group (CPG) led by Professor Sasieni, seeks a Senior Epidemiologist to support the delivery of an exciting project related to oesophageal adenocarcinoma screening and early detection.    We are a dynamic group of research professionals specialising in research to advance cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and screening. Within the CPG there is the Cancer Research UK & King's College London Cancer Prevention Trials Unit (CPTU) which performs research on efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and technologies to improve existing and establish new screening programmes. 
 
About the role 
You will be part of a highly collaborative and inclusive team, working as a Senior Epidemiologist to lead the scientific requirements for a collaborative study (Project DELTA) which includes multiple work packages interconnected with the common aim to advance the implementation of the Cytosponge™ into clinical practice (https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/mib240/resources/cytosponge-for-detecting-abnormal-cells-in-the-oesophagus-pdf-2285965626228421).
The project is being delivered in collaboration with University of Cambridge (main collaborator and Sponsor) and is primarily funded by Innovate UK. 
 
The post holder will require academic knowledge and expertise to provide the right level of experience from a complex scientific and health care perspective. They will be required to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of collaborators to model how best to implement the Cytosponge™ device into clinical practice. They will work 50% of their time on the project with a focus on design/methodology in Year 1 through to analysis and publication in Year 2. This postholder will undertake scientific activities to support the methodological, design and QC across all work packages but particularly in WP2. 
You will have a strong interest and knowledge of epidemiological research, with excellent analytical skills, and be a clear communicator, with an intrinsic interest in improving the health and well-being of communities through translational research and evidence-based innovation. 
 
You will: 

  • Lead on the coordination of a small number of epidemiological studies (deliverables) for Project DELTA 
  • Oversee the design/methodology and analyses required to deliver milestones for Project DELTA  
  • Work closely with and support project collaborators to ensure the projects are delivered according to agreed milestones. 
  • Contribute to collaborative decision-making, planning and short and long-term objective setting  
  • Support the CPG DELTA Clinical Project Manager in their review of performance targets, and other deliverables and take relevant action to achieve study milestones 
  • Prepare and submit scientific papers as required 

We value your professional growth, and you will have opportunities to attend conferences and training.   
This post is currently home-working in response to COVID-19 
 
Applications are welcomed from skilled epidemiologists, applied statisticians, and health economists with a proven track record in delivering epidemiological projects. 
 
This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 1 February 2023. 
This is a part-time post - 50% full time equivalent

Key Responsibilities

  • Act as one of the main points of communication on the assigned project to ensure a collaborative approach to the coordination and implementation of studies, maintaining both internal and external excellent working relationships.
  • Be able to adapt communication style according to the given audience; demonstrating comprehension and confidence to communicate highly complicated and technical information as well as being able to take complex information and interpret into lay outputs.
  • Communicate and administer reports for oversight groups, ensuring key action points are completed within agreed timeframes.
  • Work closely with the CPG Clinical Project Manager to coordinate project management aspects of the project at CPG
  • Contribute to collaborative decision-making, planning and short and long-term objective setting
  • Plan research area related goals
  • Use excellent analytical skills to understand complex and at times, fragmented information and independently propose solutions where there is variation in expert opinion or information not available
  • Use initiative and creativity to identify and resolve issues that might arise – To have the ability to know when it is appropriate to seek the assistance of senior project members to assist in making collaborative decisions while also having the ability to make independent decisions that have implications on their own work, the work of others and the project overall.
  • Provide leadership and oversight on relevant strands of the projects within KCL CPG to ensure that they are delivered on time
  • Ensure the Chief Investigator, Principal Investigators, and grant co-applicants are kept aware of all key decisions
  • Liaise with departmental colleagues for the financial management of projects where required.
  • Utilise time management skills to prioritise own work, but also allow for flexibility to react to unexpected events, as and when they arise.
  • Support the development of the design and methodology of new research studies as part of all work packages
  • Lead on the coordination of a small number of epidemiological studies (deliverables)
  • Deliver work agreed (as per project plan or Chief Investigator), ensuring project milestones are met
  • Work closely with the Chief Investigator, Principal Investigators of all work packages, grant co-applicants, clinicians, statisticians and other researchers to ensure the project deliverables are met
  • Support the preparation and submission of applications and amendments for ethics and other applicable approvals in a timely manner
  • Prepare quarterly reports to funders
  • Conduct literature reviews to aid study design across relevant work packages
  • In conjunction with chief and principal investigators, grant co-applicants and statisticians, plan data analysis and develop statistical analysis plans for deliverables as needed
  • Analysis of epidemiological data
  • Preparation of reports for collaborators across all work packages in a timely manor
  • Presentation to national/international scientific conferences
  • Initial drafting of scientific papers/abstracts
  • Data collection – ensure all data required for the project is collected and is of a high quality as stipulated in the study protocol.
  • Work with the trial statistician, performing preliminary and routine data analysis.
  • Drafting and preparation of reports and presentations where appropriate.
  • The postholder may be required to line manage team members where applicable/ required, establishing clear objectives and standards, ensuring ongoing appraisals and development and applying KCL policies appropriately to engage and motivate them in support of wider trial unit, faculty or institutional objectives.
  • Form excellent working relationships with colleagues both internal and external.
  • Undertake presentations/demonstrations as required.
  • Make a direct input into the operations of the CPG/CPTU and its relationship with the wider research community. For example, attending and contributing to meetings and workshops that establish and implement national and international standards in long term follow-up. Ensure good compliance with GCP, regulatory legislation and ethical frameworks.
  • To undertake such administrative, managerial and other duties as are reasonably to be expected of a member of staff of this level of seniority, as agreed with line manager.
  • Based in an office but may also attend conferences, seminars, site visits and training courses outside the organisation.
  • Attention to detail and excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Show consideration to others and maintain good working relations with other departments.
  • Required to have a high level of awareness of confidentiality, and general tact and diplomacy.  Show sensitivity to those who many need help, or in extreme cases show signs of distress.
  • Be aware of the issues relating to working in an open-plan environment and the potential effect that this has on both one’s own work, and that of others.

 
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
 
Essential Criteria

  1. MSc in epidemiology or public health or equivalent experience
  2. Doctoral degree (PhD) (OR subject to the agreement of the Executive Dean of Faculty, equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience)
  3. Sound understanding of design, conduct and analysis of epidemiological studies with experience in cancer epidemiology
  4. Good methodological skills in epidemiological research e.g. conducting systematic reviews
  5. IT literate with a good working knowledge of statistical, mathematical and database packages i.e. experience working with epidemiological datasets, has the ability to extract data from databases
  6. Ability to analyse epidemiological data using standard techniques (e.g. logistic regression) without supervision 
  7. Understanding of medical terminology, either through clinical research study or working in a medical environment
  8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills including ability to convey complicated concepts to a non-specialist audience e.g. experience of presenting findings at meetings or conferences 
  9. Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team e.g. clinicians, academics, statisticians)
  10. Ability to show attention to detail and high standards of accuracy in all aspects of work

 
Desirable criteria

  1. Experience in the development of protocols and implementation studies
  2. Experience in Health economics
  3. Experience of supervising other staff
  4. Peer reviewed publications   

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service