Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University Of Cambridge is offering postdoc position. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. The deadline for applying is September 18, 2018.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is seeking to appoint a Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (depending on experience) in Genetic Epidemiology of Metabolic Disease. We are looking for a researcher with good computational and quantitative skills to analyse a new, large dataset on aptamer-based proteomics measurements in thousands of people.

This is a three-year fixed-term position based in the Unit’s Aetiology of Diabetes Programme, working closely with other groups in the Unit, the University and external collaborators including academic and industry partners. The post-holder will perform analyses of proteomics data and incorporate with other omics data from large-scale human studies to identify mechanisms implicated in the causation of diabetes and related disorders. The post holder will have access to unique datasets and resources including Unit-led deeply-phenotyped cohort studies, additional omics measurements (genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics) and linkage to electronic health records in thousands of individuals. There will be the opportunity to take part in high-profile collaborations with academic and biotech industry partners, including Somalogic, Metabolon, and other global players. The post holder will be expected to contribute to and lead high impact scientific publications, present at scientific meetings and disseminate scientific results to a variety of audiences including the general public.

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a department within the University of Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine and is situated in the Institute of Metabolic Science on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Its mission is to study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders and develop strategies for their prevention. The Unit benefits from a number of large-scale, cross-programme epidemiological studies with detailed phenotyping coupled with genome-wide genotyping. Highly experienced information teams and other specialist teams support the scientists in the delivery of their research aims.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, statistics, computational biology, or closely-related field, or be due to complete doctoral studies within 6 months of applying. Applicants will also have good verbal and written communication skills and have expertise in the handling, analysis and interpretation of large-scale, multidimensional datasets.

Please contact Claudia Langenberg ( or Eleanor Wheeler ( for informal enquiries.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 18th September 2018 and interviews are likely to be held on Friday 28th September 2018.

Please quote reference SJ16545 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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