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Current opportunities to join the Usher Institute.

 A summary of current Usher Institute vacancies is provided below. Applications usually close at 5pm on the noted date.

Please note that all Usher Institute vacancies are advertised on the vacancies section of the University of Edinburgh Jobs website, where it is possible to set up personalised email notifications for future vacancies of interest.​

Research Fellow

Closing Date: 22-Jun-21

The Centre for Population Health Sciences at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh is looking for an experienced qualitative researcher to undertake an interview study exploring individuals’ experiences of taking part in a randomized controlled trial comparing early removal of a hard collar with treatment in a hard collar in older or frail adults with odontoid (dens) fractures. Family members and health professionals will also be interviewed as part of this study. This study is being led by Professor Julia Lawton and Dr Helen Eborall who are based in the Usher Institute.

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with a social science and/or qualitative background who wishes to develop or consolidate a career in applied health research. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant area (or equivalent experience). A willingness and ability to work flexible hours (e.g. evenings) is essential.

Salary: UE07 £33,797-£40,322

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Postdoctoral Data Analyst (NCS)

Closing Date: 22-Jun-21

The Centre for Medical Informatics at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh is looking for a Postdoctoral Data Analyst for the National Core Studies team.

The successful candidate will play a key role in establishing a centralised, responsive resource, linking data assets from a diverse range of longitudinal population studies with health, social and environmental records, with harmonised governance for processing and research interrogation. This post will contribute primarily to analysis and linkage of data in the EAVE-II (Early Assessment of Vaccine and anti-viral Effectiveness) dataset to provide insights into disease risks and consequences. The work will inform population health and social policy by providing evidence of the medium-to-long term consequences of COVID-19 infection, and of policies to control the pandemic.

Salary: UE07 £33,797 - £40,322

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Research Fellow (ePAMS)

Closing Date: 25-Jun-21

The Centre for Medical Informatics at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh is looking for an experienced research fellow.

The post holder will carry out multiple research activities as part of an NIHR funded ePrescribing programme developing and evaluating an IT-based intervention to improve antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals. This includes developing, optimising and evaluating a complex ePrescribing based intervention for Antimicrobial Stewardship.

Salary: UE07 £33,797-£40,322

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Assistant Trial Manager

Closing Date: 25-Jun-21

The Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh is looking for an experienced Assistant Trial Manager.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU). Based within the Usher Institute and the University Of Edinburgh School Of Medicine, ECTU is a close collaboration between the clinical academic community affiliated to the University and NHS Lothian. ECTU supports the development and delivery of research proposals which answer important questions that will have a bearing on treatment and service delivery within the NHS. ECTU’s aim is to ensure the delivery of high quality regulated and non-regulated randomised controlled trials. 

This post will involve working on a portfolio of studies and be responsible for supporting the trial managers in their setting up and ongoing management. Tasks will include drafting progress reports, setting up recruiting sites (ethical, R&D and contracts) and dealing with queries. You will have relevant experience in clinical trials or research co-ordination environment and knowledge of data linkage would be advantageous.

Salary: UE06 £28,331 to £32,816

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Trial Manager

Closing Date: 30-Jun-21

The Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU) at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh is looking for two experienced Clinical Trial Manager. ECTU has a proven track record on delivering research and answering important questions about treatment and service delivery within the NHS. We work closely with patient groups and clinicians who are outstanding in their field.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organised person who is able to work independently, managing your own workload and work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Applicants will have experience of setting-up and management of clinical trials and will possess good problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

The post holder will take the lead in supporting the Chief Investigator in the planning, direction, operational management and completion of the trial, preparing reports for funders and regulatory bodies and day-to-day management of the trial. The Trial Manager will be instrumental in ensuring that the research is properly conducted according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the Research Governance Framework.

Salary: UE07 £33,797 - £40,322

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Research Associate - Creative Informatics: Innovation

Closing Date: 30-Jun-21

The University of Edinburgh is appointing a full-time Post Doctoral Research Associate to contribute to the delivery and assessment of the Creative Informatics R&D Partnership (https://creativeinformatics.org) to support the creative industries cluster in Edinburgh through data-driven innovation.

The PDRA will be tasked with assisting and evaluating the research and development undertaken as part of this partnership, and we require individuals with a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of data, and/or the creative industries, experience working with industry, and excellent communication skills with experience working with a broad range of stakeholders. The role here will be to assist in the creation of new relationships, and research opportunities, between industry partners, and individuals from the creative industries, in order to undertake data driven innovation in the development of new products and services.

Salary: UE07 £33,797-£40,322

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Research Associate - Creative Informatics: Creative Industries with Data

Closing Date: 30-Jun-21

The University of Edinburgh is appointing a full-time Post Doctoral Research Associate to contribute to the delivery and assessment of the Creative Informatics R&D Partnership (https://creativeinformatics.org) to support the creative industries cluster in Edinburgh through data-driven innovation. The PDRA will be tasked with assisting and evaluating the research and development undertaken as part of this partnership, and we require an individual with a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of data, and/or the creative industries, experience working with industry, and excellent communication skills with experience working with a broad range of stakeholders.

The role here will be to assist in the creation of new relationships, and research opportunities, between industry partners, and individuals from the creative industries, in order to undertake data driven innovation in the development of new products and services. This PDRA role will be to evaluate and report on our programme activities, while also pursuing a research agenda in the use of data for innovation within the creative industries, and is likely to suit a researcher with an experience in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Digital Economy, or Business Studies.

Salary: UE07 £33,797-£40,322

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Postdoctoral Data Scientist

Closing Date: 02-Jul-21

The ISARIC4C consortium is looking for an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Data Scientist to join the team. 

The Data Scientist will join a highly motivated UK-wide team to integrate, analyse and present data from the ISARIC Coronavirus Clinical Characterisation Consortium (4C), a world-leading study of hospitalised Covid-19 patients with 74,700 clinical case reports and serial biological data include genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, serology and viral sequence from over 1000 cases (https://isaric4c.net).

Working within the ISARIC4C Analysis Platform team, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a unique combination of linked, curated data from UK sovereign data assets, together with a flexible high performance compute space. Created for Covid-19 research, the ISARIC4C data analysis platform combines the data safeguards of an NHS trusted research environment, with >£100M of exabyte-scale computational capacity on the UK national supercomputer. This creates a unique opportunity to combine clinical, biological, genomics and virology research in as secure, openly-accessible framework.

Successful applicants will work within the Baillie laboratory (Roslin Institute) and the Docherty/Harrison laboratories (Usher Institute) and will liaise across the ISARIC4C consortium and with the UK national supercomputer and NHS data safe haven team at the Edinburgh Parallel Compute Centre.

Salary: UE07 £33,797 - £40,322

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Biostatistician/Machine Learning Specialist

Closing Date: 02-Jul-21

The Centre for Population Health Sciences at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh is looking for an experienced Biostatistician/Machine Learning Specialist.

You will work in a department internationally recognised as a leader in research in diabetes using large biorepositories linked to electronic health care record data. You will work with other team members on analyses of large datasets containing genetic data to understand diabetes and its complications. These will include the SDRN Type 1 Bioresource and other relevant publicly available datasets including UK Biobank.  You will have a PhD in a relevant subject such as genetic epidemiology, genetics, bioinformatics or statistical genetics.  You will be proficient in relevant programming languages especially R and have knowledge of genetics. You will have experience of scientific writing and publication. 

Salary: UE07 £33,797 - £40,322

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Senior COVID-19 Platform Lead

Closing Date: 07-Jul-21

The Centre for Medical Informatics at the Usher Institute within The University of Edinburgh is looking for a Senior COVID-19 Platform Lead to prioritise, plan and deliver a portfolio of high profile COVID-19 research projects. This will be a senior data analyst with an extensive track record of carrying out independent, quality research using health data. They will form a critical link between Professor Aziz Sheikh and senior investigators/PIs in other institutions by clarifying and allocating priorities to a team of analysts, ensuring timely publication and communication of results. 

The successful candidate will play a key role in UK-wide efforts to analyse routine and often real-time clinical data, through linkage with retrospective and prospective health and social care records, to answer questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine safety and efficacy. They will play a vital coordinating role in studies like EAVE-II (Early Assessment of Vaccine and anti-viral Effectiveness), CO-CONNECT (COVID Curated and Open aNalysis aNd rEsearCh platform), iPOP (International Perinatal Outcomes in the Pandemic), PHOSP-COVID (Post-hospitalisation COVID-19), QCOVID (Covid Risk Stratification Tool), Long Covid Risk prediction and the National Core Studies. The work is fast moving; the research questions are urgent and subject to change depending on real world events. The outputs will be published in high impact journals and guide Government policy on lockdowns, social and healthcare needs, and pandemic planning. Significant media interest is likely.

Salary: UE09 £52,559 - £59,135

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