Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

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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.

Project Administrator (RESPIRE)

Closing Date: 18-Oct-2017

The new NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) is at an exciting stage and we are seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Administrator to assist the RESPIRE Manager on administrative aspects of the Unit, network and programmes. RESPIRE is funded until March 2021, by the NHS National Institute for Health Research, and has institutional partners in 4 countries (Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan). The University of Edinburgh is the lead Partner and the Project Administrator will be based at the Usher Institute.

The post requires strong organisational, project management and communication skills, as well as sensitivity and flexibility to work with institutions in several countries. The RESPIRE Administrator will have responsibility, with supervision and support from the RESPIRE Manager, for areas including: detailed budget oversight; overviewing expenditure of partners within budget parameters; organising meetings, teleconferences, and liaising with events management for meeting / conference planning; assisting in preparing reports for the funder (NIHR), and ensuring Overseas Development Agency (ODA) requirements are met (risk register and milestone tracking).

The post is full-time (35 hours per week), and is fixed term to 31st March 2021.

Line manager: RESPIRE Unit Manager

Salary: UE06 £27,285 to £31,604

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Learning Technologist (MPH Programmes)

Closing Date: 23-Oct-2017 (not 30-Oct-2017 as advertised here until 11-Oct)

The University of Edinburgh offers two Master of Public Health (MPH) programmes – one on-campus and one delivered entirely online. Both programme aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue successful careers in public health research and practice. This post will provide specialist professional e-learning technology advice, supporting staff and students to make innovative use of digital services and approaches in learning and teaching.

Based in the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, you will report to the MPH programme directors and work closely with academic and support staff to make the best use of the institutionally supported virtual learning environment (Blackboard Learn) and learning technologies in both course design, build and user experience.

You will have proven experience of working with academics and professional staff to use digital services, especially virtual learning environments, as well as an in-depth understanding of digital learning platforms and how they can fully support learning and teaching. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and expert knowledge of a range of digital learning services, particularly virtual learning environments, will be key to this role.

The post is full-time (35 hours per week), and is fixed term for 24 months, starting as soon as possible after 1st December 2017.

Line manager: Dr Ruth McQuillan

Salary: UE06 £27,285 to £31,604

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Global Respiratory Health Research Manager

Closing Date: 26-Oct-2017

We are seeking an enthusiastic Global Respiratory Health Research Manager for this exciting and varied post based within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh. The post holder will be responsible for the set up and day-to-day management of this global respiratory research programme of work and will include liaison with colleagues in Edinburgh, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan. The post-holder will be expected to operate at a senior level to plan, develop and manage the administrative aspects of this unit and manage and support junior staff.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or near completion) or MSc in a health or social science discipline (or able to demonstrate a strong, relevant academic background). Substantial senior-level project management experience in an academic environment including experience of financial and staff management with a demonstrable understanding of research methods in healthcare is also essential. Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to work independently, and as part of a team, are all required for the post.

The post is full-time (35 hours per week), available from November 2017 to 31st March 2021.

Line manager: Professors Aziz Sheikh and Harry Campbell

Salary: UE08 £39,992 to £47,722

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Teaching Fellow - MPH (online)

Closing Date: 26-Oct-2017

The University of Edinburgh offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) programme delivered entirely online. The programme aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue successful careers in public health research and practice. We are looking for a teaching fellow able to teach across a range of master’s level courses.

Based in the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, you will report to the MPH (online) programme directors and work closely with academic and support staff to deliver postgraduate level, online distance learning teaching. You will also be responsible for supervising course tutors, setting and marking assessments, reviewing and updating course materials, attending exam boards, supervising master’s dissertations and supporting students as a personal tutor.

You will either have a quantitative/epidemiological background or a social science background. You will have a PhD or equivalent qualification in a public health related discipline, plus a proven track record in delivering online postgraduate level teaching and supervision. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are also key to this role.

This post is available on a guaranteed hours contract of maximum average 14 hours per week, fixed term for 24 months.

Line manager: Dr Ruth McQuillan and Dr Niall Anderson

Salary: UE07 £32,548 to £38,833, pro-rata

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Clinical Trials Statistician

Closing Date: 27-Oct-2017

The Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU) within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh is seeking an experienced and motivated Clinical Trials Statistician to provide statistical expertise to clinical trialists through ECTU including oversight of trial processes, analysis and reporting of trials, and meta-analysis, working closely with senior statistical colleagues in the Usher Institute.

Applicants must have MSc or PhD (or near completion) in medical statistics plus considerable experience relating to the design, conduct, analysis interpretation and reporting of clinical trials and or meta-analyses. Demonstrable experience and familiarity with the statistical regulatory guidelines relevant to clinical trials and statistical analysis software (SAS programming, in particular, would be an advantage) is also essential to the post.

The post is full-time (35 hours per week, although part-time hours are possible for the right candidate), available from December 2017 to December 2020.

Line manager: Professor Steff Lewis, Trial Methodology Team Manager

Salary: UE07 £32,548 to £38,833 full-time, or pro-rata part-time

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Chancellor's Fellow

Closing Date: 30-Oct-2017

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM), part of the University of Edinburgh, a global top-tier University located in one of the world's finest cities, is keen to attract early career researchers for appointment as prestigious Chancellor's Fellows. Applications are welcomed in relation to respiratory and global health fields and may encompass population health sciences research and / or medical informatics. We especially encourage these in the following areas:

  • Applied informatics for example data science, machine learning
  • Population health sciences, including health systems, epidemiology, statistics, self-management, community awareness, policy transferability, clinical management, and diagnosis.

These 5-year Fellowships are intended to support candidates at the start of their independent academic careers. Subject to satisfactory review at the end of year 4, Fellows will then move to a standard University academic open-ended contract. It is anticipated that most appointees will be successful in obtaining an open ended contract.

The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics is one of five Research Institutes in CMVM. The Usher Institute hosts the NIHR Global Health Research Unit, ‘RESPIRE’ within which these two Fellowships will be based. RESPIRE aims to reduce the impact and number of deaths caused by respiratory diseases in Asia in partnership with collaborators from four Asian countries.

Further information about the Usher Institute, the Chancellor's Fellow programme, and RESPIRE is included on the main application overview.

The post is full-time (35 hours per week), and is fixed term for 5 years.

Line manager: Director of the Usher Institute

Salary: UE08 £38,896-£46,414 or UE09 £49,230-£55,389, dependent on experience.

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Programme Manager (NHS Digital Academy)

Closing Date: 30-Oct-2017

We are seeking an outstanding Programme Manager for the NHS Digital Academy within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh. The post holder will be responsible for the management of the University of Edinburgh component of the NHS Digital Academy and will work closely with course leads and students as well as outward facing liaison with external partners at Imperial College London, Harvard Medical School and the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. The post also involves the strategic development of the course in terms of developing a long term business plan and business strategy and liaison with potential new funders and participants in the devolved nations.

The post-holder will be expected to operate at a senior level to plan, develop and manage the Edinburgh led courses and to liaise with senior external colleagues. The successful candidate will have a PhD (or near completion) in a relevant subject or equivalent experience, demonstrable project management and financial management experience and will have experience of designing and administering educational programmes at postgraduate level, and of working in a strongly customer focused environment. Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to work independently, and as part of a team, are all required for the post.

The post is full-time (35 hours per week), available immediately until 31st March 2021.

Line manager: Dr Lucy McCloughan

Salary: UE08 £39,992 to £47,772

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Medical Receptionist

Closing Date: 31-Oct-2017

Mackenzie Medical Centre is based within the Centre for Population Health Sciences, at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh. We are looking for a friendly receptionist with excellent communication skills to join our admin team. There are 12 doctors, three practice nurses and a friendly and helpful admin, team which includes an IT Manager. The practice is a training practice and also participates in undergraduate teaching. All staff members are salaried to The University of Edinburgh. We are a city centre practice with a list size of 8,000 patients and our practice area covers south east Edinburgh and includes the Old Town, Dumbiedykes, Newington and Prestonfield, plus parts of Marchmont and the Grange.

The practice uses Vision and Docman.

The post will be taken up as soon as possible from November 2017 and is open ended (part time – 25 hours).

Line manager: Fay Johnstone, Practice Manager

Salary: UE04 £19,305 to £21,585 pro-rata

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Course Secretary (Medical Informatics)

Closing Date: 01-Nov-2017

Applications are invited for the post of Course Secretary for Medical Informatics. You will work closely with the Course Organiser providing a range of clerical, secretarial and administrative support to undergraduate and postgraduate medical informatics courses. As well as a good standard of education (Standard Grade or equivalent), excellent communication and interpersonal skills you will have experience of data entry and checking, and of computer software packages including database, word processing and spreadsheets. It is important that candidates are able to interact well with others and to work to ensure deadlines are met.

Previous experience in course or student administration in a Further or Higher Education context and knowledge or experience in use of online systems for recording student marks would be an advantage.

The post is part-time, 0.4FTE (14 hours per week) and fixed term for 12 months in the first instance.

Line manager: Teaching and Research Fellow (Medical Informatics)

Salary: UE05 £2,214 to £25,728 pro-rata

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Research Fellow

Closing Date: 07-Nov-2017

We wish to appoint an outstanding Research Fellow at the Usher Institute. Reporting to, and working with, Dr Ingrid Young you will support work on the Wellcome Trust Seed Award “Sex, drugs and activism: Negotiating biological citizenship and pharmaceutical prevention”. This research project will look at PrEP in the UK as a case study to better understand the role of community and clinical activism, sexual citizenship and the use of pharmaceuticals for prevention in sexual health. You will undertake research activities including qualitative research design and data collection in community and clinical settings, data analysis, and publication; and contribute to new research initiatives arising from the Award, including the development of grant applications for related projects.

You will have a PhD (or near completion) or equivalent research experience in social sciences (medical sociology/anthropology or science and technology studies). Demonstrable experience of conducting ethnographic fieldwork and/or in-depth individual or focus group interviews and experience of qualitative data analysis is essential. Ability to work independently under appropriate supervision, excellent project management and organisational skills with a flexible approach to working and willingness to travel as required are also crucial to the post.

The post is full-time (35 hours per week), starting as soon as possible after 1st January 2018 and is fixed term until 31st December 2018.

Line manager: Dr Ingrid Young

Salary: UE07 £32,548 to £38,833

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Research Fellow

Closing Date: 10-Nov-2017

The Usher Institute within the University of Edinburgh is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Research Fellow to conduct and facilitate a programme of original research on health impacts within the TIBA Partnership, an international health research programme. The role will include liaison with colleagues in Edinburgh and African partners, coordinating research activities and promoting dissemination of research findings through academic publications, conference presentations and public engagement.

Applicants must have a PhD (or near completion) in a relevant discipline e.g. biosciences, public health development studies, health systems research, with experience in research programme management and a high level of analytical skills to understand highly complex quantitative and qualitative research data. This position offers the post-holder the opportunity to be supported and mentored as an independent early career researcher.

The post is full-time (35 hours per week), and is available from January 2018 to 31st May 2021.

Line manager: Professor Mark Woolhouse

Salary: UE07 £32,548 to £38,833

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