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Postdoctoral Researcher in Statistical Analysis of Omics and Health Data

London (Greater) (GB)
£40,414.00 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
10 Apr 2022

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Applications are invited for a talented and highly motivated postdoc to join a big data project seeking to leverage machine learning techniques to characterise and predict glaucoma and other age-related conditions. This project, funded by the BrightFocus Foundation, USA, will integrate “multi-omics” sources of biological information obtained from large population-based datasets.  


The successful applicant will be someone with a PhD degree in biostatistics, bioinformatics, epi/genomics, computer science or related fields, with prior experience in analysing large datasets and with a relevant publication track record.


He/she will join an internationally renowned research team and collaboration that has led several high-profile research projects and landmark publications in the field of genomic, epigenomic and metabolomics profiling. The successful applicant will be based at the Departments of Ophthalmology and Twins Research & Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital campus but will collaborate with leading researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University College London, as well as several other UK and international universities. The current position is funded for two full years in the first instance.


For further information please visit:, or email ( to arrange an informal discussion. 


This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 24 months 

This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent



Key responsibilities

•        To implement, adapt, or design computational methodologies that allow joint analyses of large multi-omics dataset  

•        Lead work on identification of modifiable biomarkers and assess their potential clinical utility 

•        To effectively communicate findings through publications to scientific and peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations and explain the relevance of work to lay audiences, patient groups and relevant stakeholders. 

•        To collaboratively contribute and mutually support other members of the research team,  

•        To help advising and directing graduate research students 

•        To uphold the highest values and academic standards and embrace inclusion and diversity 


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.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria  

1.      PhD in computational biology, bioinformatics, epi/genomics, genetic epidemiology, statistics or similar areas 

2.      Demonstrable prior experience in the analyses of omics (genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics) data with respect to health-related outcome 

3.      Solid knowledge of linear and non-linear statistical models 

4.      Proficiency in any of the following: Python, R, or programming languages 

5.      Good knowledge of Linux and high-performance computing 

6.      Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  

7.      Strong bioinformatics skills and demonstrated ability to work with other scientists 


Desirable criteria

8.      Experience with machine learning or similar methodologies 

9.      Prior experience with large datasets 

10.    Experience with statistical analyses of big data 


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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