Postdoc Position* in Population Health

University of Cambridge is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a postdoctoral associate position in information systems. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 6 months. Applications are welcome before January 19, 2020.

The overall purpose of this role is to support the delivery of the Population Evidence and Data Science theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) in the East of England. The post holder will contribute to the development, conduct, analysis and implementation of applied population health and care research with a focus on the use of data to improve health. The implementation of approaches that improve the access to and the use of population heath data by care services is a key goal for the theme. The post holder will be expected to pro-actively engage with partner organisations which are able to contribute to this goal. It is anticipated that the post-holder will also be awarded an Honorary Contract with Public Health England and be involved in the preparation of peer-review publications.

The post-holder will have a degree in a relevant subject or have equivalent qualifications and/or experience combined with thorough knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods of public health research; practical experience using population health-related data and information systems, and ability to resolve highly complex information queries and problems; experience working and/or liaising with academics, local government and policy makers in the NHS or other complex environment regionally and nationally; excellent IT and organisational skills, ability to work independently, and demonstrable problem solving skills and initiative. The post holder will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be able to draft technical documents and write for varied external audiences. Administrative or project management experience, preferably in a research-related role and in a university environment, and in the use of statistical and epidemiological methods for interpreting and understanding data is desirable.

*Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be, awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded (PhD needs to be awarded within 6 months of the start date). If an individual has not submitted a PhD or is not working towards one they could be appointed as a Research Assistant if they have either a degree (and/or Master’s) in a relevant area or equivalent experience.

The funds for this post are available until 31st March 2022.

Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Louise Lafortune at

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Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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