Data Analyst Job Openings by University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh June 2019

Job Title Edinburgh University of Edinburgh
Pub Date 30+ days ago
Company University of Edinburgh
Location Edinburgh

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University of Edinburgh Job Opportunities 2019

Data Analyst Jobs - Edinburgh

We are seeking to appoint a data analyst to contribute to the development of UK Biobank, an international research resource based on data of unparalleled breadth and depth from 500,000 UK adults (www.ukbiobank.ac.uk).

You will join Professor Cathie Sudlow’s team in the Centre for Medical Informatics, in the Usher Institute on the ’s Little France campus. You will work with large amounts of complex, real world, electronic health-related data linked to UK Biobank participants. You will provide data management, manipulation and analysis expertise and support to the UK Biobank team of epidemiologists, statisticians and clinicians, assisting with development of algorithms to adjudicate disease outcome status among thousands of UK Biobank participants.

    We are looking for someone with:
  • A good degree and higher degree in a scientific or numerate subject, or able to demonstrate relevant and equivalent experience
  • Experience in writing complex queries to interrogate databases
  • The ability to extract data and a good understanding of transferring and transforming data, for analysis using different statistical packages.
  • Experience in using one or more statistical software packages
  • Very good archiving, data management, and organizational skills
  • The ability to work well within a multi-disciplinary team

This post is full-time (although we also welcome applications from candidates who wish to work part-time), and funded for 2 years in the first instance, starting as soon as possible.

Please include your CV and a supporting statement with details of how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience required for this post.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Robin Flaig ([email protected]). If you are interested but don’t have exactly the right skills and experience, or are over-qualified for this particular role, please do get in touch to talk about opportunities.


1. Job Details

Job title: Data Analyst (UoE7)

School/Support Department: Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences
Unit (if applicable): Centre for Medical Informatics
Line manager: Professor Cathie Sudlow
Professor & Honorary Consultant in Neurology,
Director, Centre for Medical Informatics, Usher Institute
Chief Scientist, UK Biobank

2. Job Purpose
The post holder will be working in the UK Biobank (500,000 prospective study) outcome adjudication team to identify the best ways to ascertain disease status of the cohort using electronic health records and expert advice. The post holder will be working with large amounts of highly complex confidential electronic health data linked to UK Biobank participants from multiple sources in England, Scotland and Wales. They will provide analytical expertise to the UK Biobank team of epidemiologists, clinicians and statisticians. They will identify gaps in information, conduct analyses to interrogate and resolve issues and challenges with these real world datasets (e.g., coding errors, missing, incomplete and/or inconsistent data), and assist with development of algorithms to adjudicate disease outcome status, combining information from different data sources. They will also be responsible for processing, maintaining and documenting the datasets, analytic approaches and algorithms.

UK Biobank is a very large prospective cohort study of 500,000 UK adults aged 40-69 years at baseline, who were recruited from 2006-2010, have provided detailed baseline information and samples, are participating in additional enhancement projects such as multimodal imaging, and are being followed up for health outcomes over the next few decades (http://www.ukbiobank.ac.uk/).

3. Main Responsibilities

Approx. % of time

  • Writing complex queries to investigate a variety of different types of health condition, each requiring a different analytic approach, using programming languages, particularly SQL to interrogate complex datasets containing health data from multiple sources (including hospital, audit and primary care records).
    20%
  • Produce a range of different types of descriptive analyses of these complex data for epidemiologists, clinicians and statisticians contributing to the academic activities of team.
    20%
  • Exploring and advising on the most appropriate IT and data management tools and methods for handling these complex datasets.
    15%
  • Checking and processing data, documenting and maintaining well-structured records of all changes to datasets and data queries.
    15%
  • Assisting with the analysis of UKB baseline and follow-up data and providing statistical analysis support to the UoE UKB team as well as to other UKB teams working on a variety of health outcomes.
    20%
  • Reviewing relevant literature around various disease outcomes in conjunction with different health-related coding systems.
    10%
    4. Analysis and Reporting
  • Conduct statistical analyses of health records from England, Scotland and Wales from a variety of sources.
  • Prepare and present results in oral and written reports and publications.
  • .
    5. Planning and Organising
  • Plan, develop and determine their work priorities in order to meet timelines for multiple responsibilities for work for UK Biobank.
  • Contribute to outcomes adjudication projects for multiple disease areas as part of a project team to support the work of the outcomes adjudication groups.
  • Identify gaps in multiple different complex analysis plans for complex data and then find and present solutions for these gaps.
  • Plan time and prioritise tasks effectively to maintain and provide data for different members of the team working to different deadlines.
  • Facilitate collaboration and data sharing as required with other research groups.
    6. Problem Solving
  • Develop analytic approaches to complex health-related data to underpin complex algorithm development (e.g.: defining episodes of health care in the face of missing, incomplete or inconsistent data; defining disease status flexibly for conditions with different modes of onset and/or progression, recurrence, or relapse).
  • Resolve complex data analysis challenges, discussing as required with epidemiologists and clinicians in the team.
    7. Decision Making
  • Determine most appropriate tools and approaches for querying, analysing, maintaining and documenting complex health-related data.
    8. Key Contacts/Relationships
  • Internal: UK Biobank team in Edinburgh, including Chief Scientist, epidemiologist(s) and research fellow(s)
  • External: UK Biobank coordinating centre team in Stockport near Manchester, UK Biobank database and data management team in Oxford; researchers involved in UK Biobank outcomes adjudication in universities across the UK.
    9. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
    Essential requirements:
  • A good degree and higher degree in a scientific or numerate subject, or able to demonstrate relevant and equivalent experience
  • Experience in writing complex queries to interrogate databases (e.g. SQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle)
  • The ability to extract data and a good understanding of transferring and transforming data, for analysis using different statistical packages.
  • Experience in using one or more statistical software packages (e.g. SAS, STATA, R or similar)
  • Good archiving, data management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent written and oral English language communication skills
  • Naturally inclined towards careful attention to accuracy and detail
  • Understanding of the principles of security and confidentiality of personal data in a research context
  • Ability to write clear and concise documentation
  • Ability to work independently, as well as to judge appropriately when to seek advice and support from other members of the team
    Desirable requirements:
  • Understanding and/or experience of health records and health informatics
  • Knowledge of health record coding systems (e.g., ICD, Read and SNOMED codes)
  • Understanding and/or experience of the application of statistical methods to epidemiological studies
  • Understanding and/or experience of data mining and/or text processing (e.g., Java, Python etc.)
    10. Dimensions
  • This post is full-time, and funded for 2 years in the first instance, starting as soon as possible.
  • The post-holder will be expected to work flexibly to fit the requirements of the project.
  • The post-holder should be willing to undertake travel within the UK when required for scientific meetings

11. Job Context and any other relevant information
The post holder will be based in the UK Biobank Chief Scientist’s group in the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences, . The group’s main base is Nine BioQuarter at Little France.

Prof Sudlow’s group interacts closely with several research groups and other centres in Edinburgh as well as across Scotland and the UK. Of particular relevance is UK-wide institute, Health Data Research UK, for which Prof Sudlow is Research Director for the Scottish substantive site(https://www.hdruk.ac.uk/research-partners/our-sites/hdr-uk-scotland/). In addition the group works closely with colleagues in all Centres across the Usher Institute (https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher), the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, and the Institute for Genetics and Molecular Medicine.

Cathie Sudlow’s position within UK Biobank, initially as stroke expert on the outcomes working group and since October 2011 as Chief Scientist for the study, brings together the clinical epidemiology research expertise of her team in Edinburgh with the unique and powerful UK Biobank resource. Of particular relevance for this post, she leads UK Biobank’s follow-up and outcomes adjudication programme, and the Dementias Platform UK work package on identification of dementia and other neurodegenerative outcomes. UK Biobank’s Chief Executive and Principal Investigator is Professor Sir Rory Collins, Director of the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) at the University of Oxford. Prof Sudlow and her team work closely with staff at UK Biobank’s coordinating centre and laboratory base in Stockport, with epidemiology, data analysis and programming staff at NDPH in Oxford, and with key UK Biobank scientific advisors and collaborators throughout the UK and worldwide.

UK Biobank has benefited from the contributions of many leading scientists throughout the UK and further afield, and the resource is now enabling scientists to address many of the currently unresolved questions about a whole range of diseases affecting people in middle and old age. See http://www.ukbiobank.ac.uk/ for further information.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the , as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  • Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.

Salary

The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,199 to £39,609 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

Salary
The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,199 to £39,609 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

This post is available on a fixed term basis, with a working pattern of 35 hours per week for 24 months.

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our pension’s website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/finance/pensions/scheme-details/uss

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the , as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
To do so, the requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  • Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

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Application Procedure
All applicants should apply online by clicking the “apply” button at the foot of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Closing date: 15 April 2019 at 5pm.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.




Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences
Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences is one of three Deaneries in Edinburgh Medical School which, together with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, makes up the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The Deanery is headed by Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley and comprises the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM), the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, the Division of Pathology and the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. The Deanery currently attracts annual research grants of around £40M, including a number of full programme grants, and has around 630 employees including 39 Professors, over 260 other academic members of staff and 330 members of support staff. The Deanery operates across three sites; the Western General Hospital campus, the Central Area, and Little France. Staff contribute undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and offer on-campus and on-line programmes. There is a vibrant PhD community in both IGMM and the Usher Institute.
Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences


The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine traces its origins back nearly 500 years (Darwin, Simpson and Conan-Doyle were students here) and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching. Professor Moira Whyte is the Head of College, the only conjoint Medical and Veterinary Medical School in the UK. The College employs over 3000 academic and support staff. The College has two Schools, the Edinburgh Medical School comprising 3 Deaneries; Biomedical Sciences; Molecular Genetic and Population Health Sciences and Clinical Sciences and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

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Edinburgh Medical School: Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences

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The undergraduate medicine teaching programme in the College enjoys a high reputation nationally and internationally, with over 1,300 students enrolled on the MBChB and Intercalated courses and nearly 1000 on the Veterinary Sciences BVS and related programmes. In addition, approximately 2000 students are currently enrolled in the College’s taught and research post-graduate courses, including an extensive range of online distance learning diplomas and degrees. They are trained by over 1000 outstanding academic staff. Details of PhDs, research programmes and studentships are available through our interdisciplinary research institutes and centres.

The academic disciplines within Medicine are largely concentrated in the two teaching hospital campuses, the Royal Infirmary at Little France and the Western General Hospital. Both have extensive new infrastructure with major research institutes and state of the art research facilities on clinical sites. Edinburgh hosts a number of prestigious MRC and BHF Research Centres. The approach is interdisciplinary, with basic and clinical researchers working together at the laboratory bench and in our clinical research facilities to address major themes in basic, clinical and translational medicine.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies on the Easter Bush Campus houses outstanding teaching and clinical facilities as well as the splendid Roslin Institute, one of the world’s leading veterinary research centres. The College offers outstanding opportunities to address ‘One Health’ and Global Health problems of the highest international priority.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The College’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF2014 results. Medicine, the University’s largest submission, was ranked in the top 5 in the UK. Veterinary Medicine came 1st in the UK, and retained its position as the UK’s top Vet School. It made a joint submission with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Neuroscience was ranked 3rd in the UK out of 82 submissions, representing a major advance. Overall, 84% of the College’s research activity was rated world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*). In terms of 'one medicine' research (human and animal medicine), the 's research power (quality x volume) is the strongest in the UK.

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