Research Associate in ageing research

London (Greater) (GB)
£38,826 - £42,087 (depending on experience) per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
17 May 2022
End of advertisement period
07 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

This post provides an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Research Assistant/ Associate to work on an exciting project to generate new evidence on the epidemiology of Parkinson’s Disease in Latin America.   


PINNACLE (The Epidemiology Of ParkINson In LatiN AmeriCa: Learning From UndEr-represented Populations) is a project founded by the Michael J Fox Foundation to determine parkinsonism and Parkinson’s Disease (PD) prevalence, incidence, correlates and impact in six Latin American countries (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, Venezuela) and to also explore the main cognitive and neuro-psychiatric features of Parkinson’s Disease. As part of the project we also aim to start a discourse with different stakeholders to better understand future research priorities for PD in the Latin American region. This component will be carried out in collaboration with the Alianza Iboeroamericana de Parkinson. Most of the work will be carried out using data from the 10/66 Dementia Research Group studies.  


The successful post-holder will develop protocols for data analyses in discussion with the PIs of the project, carry out data analyses and draft manuscripts for publications. They will also liaise with the PINNACLE PIs, 10/66 PIs and other stakeholders. Finally, they will work in collaboration with the Alianza Iberoamericana de Parkinson to develop a survey to capture research priorities in the region.   


The successful post-holder will be a quantitative researcher (epidemiologist or statistician) and will have experience of conducting health research, including working with large datasets, complex modelling, and longitudinal analyses. They will possess the skills to ensure the successful planning and execution of the project. They will have excellent communication and presentation skills. Applications from candidates who have experience of conducting epidemiological research on older adults, people with Parkinsons or with cognitive problems would be welcome. An understanding of the Spanish language would be an asset, but this is not a firm requirement.  

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract at least until January 2024 

This is a full-time post


Key responsibilities

  • Data management and cleaning  
  • Epidemiological data analysis 
  • Preparation of study reports study reports, presentations, academic publications and updates for the study team and the funder 
  • Liaising with the different stakeholders involved in the project 
  • Supporting senior members of the team and the Lead Investigator to deliver the outputs of the project within the agreed project schedule 
  • Attending and contributing to study meetings, including presenting information on research progress 
  • Demonstrating excellent communication skills and communication channels with study sites and research colleagues (including collaborators) 
  • Demonstrating initiative and autonomy in the management of day-to-day tasks and ongoing workloads, to ensure they are prioritised and completed within agreed timeframes 
  • Anticipating and managing problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines 
  • Contributing to the management of information with full awareness of needs for confidentiality and data protection 
  • Demonstrating clear attention to detail and an organised and accurate approach to recording, storing and managing the data acquired 
  • Working on future grant applications related to the topic 

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.       A first degree (2.1 or above)  

2.       Completed a PhD or close to completing a PhD in a quantitative discipline (e.g. epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, etc.) or an MSc in epidemiology/statistics for the research assistant role. 

3.       Excellent oral and written communication skills to present information clearly and concisely to colleagues, participants and external stakeholders  

4.       Skills in managing and analysing quantitative data using statistical software (e.g. STATA, R, etc.) 

5.       Skills in ensuring daily tasks and ongoing workloads are prioritised and completed in agreed timeframes 

6.       Experience of liaising with study sites and stakeholders to ensure successful implementation and delivery of research activities 

7.       Demonstrable interest in working on epidemiological projects related to ageing

8.       Strong attention to detail and ability to work to a protocol


Desirable criteria

  1. Experience of conducting research on Parkinson’s Disease, dementia or cognitive impairment or other age-related topics 
  2. Experience of working with data from Latin America 
  3. Knowledge of the Spanish Langugae 
  4. MSc in research methods or equivalent professional experience (essential for the research assistant role) 
  5. Publication in peer-reviewed journals 
  6. Grant writing experience  

Further information

For an informal discussion or to find out more about the role please contact Shortlisted candidates should expect to give a brief presentation at a panel interview.  

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