UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Epidemiology/Genetic Epidemiology 

Location
Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
Posted
22 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Epidemiology/Genetic Epidemiology 

Job number  ACAD102849 
Division/School  Bristol Medical School 
Contract type  Open ended contract staff 
Working pattern  Full time 
Salary  Grade I: £32,004 - £36,001 per annum/ Grade J: £36,001-£37,075 per annum 
Closing date for applications  17-Sep-2017   

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate / Senior Research Associate Epidemiologist/Geneticist/Psychologist to undertake applied epidemiological investigations into the aetiology of child and adolescent mental health at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU) within the Department of Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol. 

The appointee will work on a Wellcome Trust funded collaborative grant “Neurodevelopmental Disorders: What happens when children grow up and Why” to determine the longer-term neurodevelopmental impacts of early life exposures and risks and apply novel epidemiological methods to infer which early life exposures have causal impacts.
 
The successful applicant will work within Programme 1 (Mendelian randomization) at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU) at the University of Bristol supervised by Dr Evie Stergiakouli, Prof. George Davey Smith and Prof Kate Tilling. The post-holder will also work jointly with colleagues at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Cardiff University and specifically Prof Anita Thapar. 

The appointee will be analysing large longitudinal datasets (such as the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, ALSPAC, www.bris.ac.uk/alspac) and applying longitudinal data analyses, Mendelian randomization analyses, in particular newly developed two-sample Mendelian randomization approaches and genetic epidemiology methods. The appointee will work collaboratively with many researchers across the Unit and with external collaborators.

The IEU consists of six research programmes encompassing causal modeling, genetic and epigenetic epidemiology. Professor George Davey Smith is director of the IEU and runs programme 1, on Mendelian randomization. Dr Evie Stergiakouli’s research is focused on this programme. One of the benefits of this position will be potential collaboration within the IEU as a member of the Unit working across its multiple cross cutting themes (which include bioinformatics).
 
The successful individual will have the opportunity to maximize the use of local study resources along with local research capacity/infrastructure (for example the University of Bristol super computer – BLUECRYSTAL/BLUEPETA). There will also be close links with Cardiff University and the possibility of using training opportunities in both Universities. The successful applicant will also be encouraged to develop their own personal research portfolio.
 
Name, tel no and email details for informal contact/s: For informal enquiries, please contact Professors Kate Tilling (kate.tilling@bristol.ac.uk) and Anita Thapar (thapar@cardiff.ac.uk)
 
Please note that the interviews and selection process will be held as soon as possible after 23 October 2017.
 
The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.