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Data Scientist

London (Greater) (GB)
£51,174 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
9 Oct 2023

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Job Type
Professional Services, IT Services
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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Job description

The MND Register is a project that aims to collect information about every person diagnosed with MND in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The team identify people using clinical data collected at diagnosis and during routine appointments and the project has been awarded approval for access to NHS Digital datasets.   

Working alongside the Project Managers and Principal Investigators, the Data Scientist will manage data collection, cleaning, extract preparation and routine analysis for the MND Register for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This will involve the creation and maintenance of data collection templates for individual sites participating in the MND Register, secure data storage and transfer, linkage of multiple sources of data, data analysis and writing papers for publication. You will be responsible for preparing anonymised data extracts to share with people requesting to use the data for research. In addition, the role will involve working with MND research teams throughout the UK to bring together research data into one linked data source. 

The Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience is involved in researching neurological disease including ALS/MND. The research spans investigation of the causes of disease and the translation of therapeutic discoveries into treatments. We work closely with staff at King’s College Hospital and the MND Association to ensure the project delivers useful outcomes to the patient community.  

This post will be offered on an a full-time, fixed term contract for 12 months. The latest possible end date is 31st December 2024.

Key responsibilities

  • Database administration in MS Access and MS SQL  
  • Data cleaning and analysis using R/Python 
  • Web development 
  • Writing up results for publication in academic journals 
  • Data linkage 
  • Integration of MND Register with other research projects locally and at other institutions 
  • Contributing to ethical/ regulatory approval documents from a data perspective 
  • Regular reporting to funders and other stakeholders about progress and milestones 

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.       Postgraduate degree in biological, statistical, computer science discipline 

2.       Programming skills (SQL, Bash, R, VBA) 

3.       Experience of database design 

4.       Experience of data linkage of multiple, large datasets 

5.       Knowledge of GDPR 

6.       Attention to detail 

7.       Experience of designing and building web applications 

8.       Research study design and data analysis 

9.       Spatial analysis and mapping 

10.    Knowledge of use of routine healthcare datasets such as HES and ONS 

Desirable criteria

1.       PhD in biological, statistical, computer science discipline 

2.       Knowledge of ALS/MND 

3.       Understanding of population registers 

4.       Strong publication record 

This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.


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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