Job: MRC Postdoctoral Fellow (Fixed term), MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge

The MRC Biostatistics Unit is one of Europe’s leading biostatistics research institutions. Our focus is to deliver new analytical and computational strategies based on sound statistical principles for the challenging tasks facing biomedicine and public health.

We are seeking applications for a motivated and talented biostatistician or data scientist to join the group led by Dr Jessica Barrett, with a focus on multi-outcome modelling and prediction modelling. Examples of current work include the use of landmarking methods to predict the optimal timing of cardiovascular risk assessments, the development of statistical methods for fitting joint models to large-scale electronic health data, and extensions of mixed effects models to allow for the modelling of longitudinal variability.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on the development of novel statistical methodology applied to substantive clinical questions. A PhD in statistics (or equivalent experience) and knowledge of longitudinal data analysis and survival analysis is essential for this role. Knowledge of joint modelling of longitudinal and survival data and/or landmarking for dynamic risk prediction would be desirable. The successful candidate will also demonstrate previous experience of statistical methods development and a creative approach to problem-solving.

This is a three-year training programme with a requirement for you to hold a PhD/DPhil/MD. Whilst we welcome applications from those who have submitted but have not yet been awarded a PhD/DPhil/MD, or are due to submit in the near future, please note that commencement of your appointment will be subject to the confirmation of the award within 6 months of the initial offer. For those candidates who have not submitted at the point of application, a formal offer letter will be sent upon submission.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Dr Jessica Barrett,

The Unit is situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the world’s most vibrant centres of biomedical research, which includes the University of Cambridge’s Clinical School, two major hospitals, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and the world headquarters of Astra Zeneca.

The Unit is actively seeking to increase diversity among its staff, including promoting an equitable representation of men and women. The Unit therefore especially encourages applications from women, from minority ethnic groups and from those with non-standard career paths. Appointment will be made on merit.

Fixed-term: 3 years.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Closing date for applications is: 27th February 2022

Interviews are likely to be held: mid-March 2022

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.

Please quote reference SL28625 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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