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.​

Chair of Public Health

Closing Date: 24-Apr-2018

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the Chair of Public Health based in the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics in the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. This is one of the most distinguished chairs of public health in the world and a key leadership appointment for the College. The appointee will be supported to build upon the excellence in public health, primary care, epidemiology and statistics, clinical trials, health services research, health-related social sciences, health informatics and global health to create an outstanding internationally competitive public health research and educational grouping. The appointee will play a key role in research and teaching in the College and University and lead knowledge translation into clinical and public health practice for the benefit of patients and populations, both locally in NHS Lothian/Scotland and beyond.

Applicants will have an outstanding strong track record of research in public health policy and practice supported by external grant funding and will develop a world-leading programme of research. Evidence of international excellence in research, academic leadership and strategic planning is essential. The applicant should have a commitment to develop and support relevant learning and teaching programmes, contributing, for example, to the Undergraduate MBChB Medicine degree, the Masters in Public Health (on campus and distance learning), the MSc Clinical Trials (distance learning) and the Master of Family Medicine programmes. All applicants will need to demonstrate commitment and capacity for multi-disciplinary working and be willing to engage with our many new initiatives including in primary care, digital science and global health. They will also be required to be involved in enhancing eLearning and on-line teaching.

Prospective candidates should, in the first instance, contact Professors Aziz Sheikh, Director of the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics (tel +44 (0)131 650 8102; email aziz.sheikh@ed.ac.uk), Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Dean of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences (tel +44 (0)131 650 3217; email: sarah.c.burley@ed.ac.uk), or Harry Campbell (tel: +44 (0)131 650 3218; email: harry.campbell@ed.ac.uk). For discussion regarding links with NHS public health, please contact Professor Alison McCallum (tel: +44 (0)131 465 5813; email alison.mccallum@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk).

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group. As women and members of ethnic minorities are currently under-represented in posts at this level, we particularly encourage applications from members of these groups.

Salary: UE10

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Chair of Primary Care

Closing Date: 24-Apr-2018

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for this Chair in Primary Care, based in the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS). CPHS forms part of the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics in the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The appointee will have a key role in further developing academic primary care at the University, and will be expected to build on our research excellence in areas including primary care, public health, clinical trials, health services research, health-related social sciences, health informatics and global health.

Primary care and general practice have a strong presence at Edinburgh, demonstrating excellence in research, teaching and clinical practice. The appointee will play a key role in further developing these strengths across the College and the University – whilst leading on knowledge translation to ensure maximum impact amongst our key stakeholders, including the NHS and patient populations.

Applicants will have an outstanding strong track record of research in primary care and other relevant areas, supported by external grant funding and will develop a world-leading programme of research. Evidence of international excellence in research, academic leadership and strategic planning is essential. Applicants should also have an excellent track record in teaching and learning and a demonstrable commitment to developing and supporting relevant learning and teaching programmes, contributing, for example, to the Undergraduate MBChB Medicine degree, the Masters in Public Health (on campus and distance learning) and the Master of Family Medicine programmes. All applicants will need to demonstrate commitment and capacity for multi-disciplinary working and be willing to engage with the many academic opportunities afforded by the Usher Institute, in areas including health services research, cancer and palliative care, respiratory health, chronic disease management, medical informatics and global health.

Salary: Acn4 (clinical) annual salary in the range £78,304 - £105,570 per annum for a 10 PA contract

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Digital Academy Experiential Learning Director

Closing Date: 19-Apr-2018

The Usher Institute within the University of Edinburgh is seeking a highly skilled and motivated NHS Digital Academy Experiential Learning Director. NHS Digital Academy is a new UK Department of Health and Social Care funded virtual organisation comprising a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and Harvard Medical School. It will provide world class digital health education, learning and development to 300 current and aspiring digital health leaders over a period of three years. Participants in the NHS Digital Academy will undertake a challenging one year programme comprising online modules and face-to-face residential learning sessions (10 days per year) covering all key dimensions of Health Informatics and Digital Leadership.

You will be responsible for the strategic and operational design, development and delivery of the residential learning component of NHS Digital Academy which is key to overall success. You will exercise a substantial degree of independent professional responsibility and discretion, to assemble, lead, manage and develop the virtual delivery team for residential learning as well as other activities commensurate with the level of seniority.

Successful applicants must be professionally qualified/have a relevant degree or equivalent, plus extensive experience in relevant roles including substantial, proven experience operating at a senior managerial/expert level. Significant experience of health and care innovation, health informatics or digital health and care achieved via managing a number of large scale projects and/or operational teams is vital. Substantial strategic leadership experience working and influencing to Board / Senior Management Team level is also essential to the role.

The post is part-time (21 hours per week), fixed-term and is available for 3 years from April 2018 to March 2021.

Salary: UE09 £50,618 to £56,950 pro rata for 21 hours each week

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Senior Research Strategy Manager

Closing Date: 14-May-2018

We wish to appoint an outstanding Senior Research Strategy Manager at the Usher Institute. The Institute comprises of three research centres: the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CPHS), the Centre for Medical Informatics (CMI) and the Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR).

Reporting to, and working in close partnership with the Director, you will support and complement the work of the independent centres to deliver an integrated and internationally recognised Institute.

You will have a good honours degree or equivalent and a higher degree in a relevant discipline is highly desirable with experience and/or qualification in IPR, contracts and licensing also essential. Proven ability to create a strategic vision including organisational strategy development, operational and customer service strategy with an evidenced ability to secure external funding, bid development, negotiation and post-award delivery are all crucial to the post.

This post is full-time (35 hours per week), open-ended and is available from 01 June 2018.

Salary: UE09 £50,618 to £56,950

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Data Analyst

Closing Date: 12-Apr-2018

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) and to support the work of Dementias Platform UK Work Package 9 (http://www.dementiasplatform.uk/).

You will join Professor Cathie Sudlow’s team in the Centre for Medical Informatics, in the Usher Institute on the University of Edinburgh’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 identify gaps in information, conduct analyses to interrogate and resolve issues and challenges with these real world datasets, and assist with development of algorithms to adjudicate disease outcome status, combining information from different data sources. They will also support the processing, maintaining and documenting of the datasets, analytic approaches and algorithms.

We are looking for someone with:

  • A degree and higher degree in a scientific or numerate subject, or able to demonstrate relevant and equivalent experience
  • Understanding of methods used to write/structure 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
  • Good archiving, data management, and organizational skills
  • The ability to work well within a multi-disciplinary team

This post is full-time (35 hours per week), Fixed-Term and is available as soon as possible for one year in the first instance.

Salary: UE06 £27,285 to £31,604

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Data Analyst

Closing Date: 13-Apr-2018

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) and to support the work of Dementias Platform UK Work Package 9 (http://www.dementiasplatform.uk/).

You will join Professor Cathie Sudlow’s team in the Centre for Medical Informatics, in the Usher Institute on the University of Edinburgh’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 (35 hours per week), Fixed-Term and is available as soon as possible for one year in the first instance.

Salary: UE07 £32,548 to £38,833

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Project Manager

Closing Date: 19-Apr-2018

The Usher Institute within the University of Edinburgh is seeking a highly skilled and motivated NHS Digital Academy Project Manager. NHS Digital Academy is a new UK Department of Health and Social Care funded virtual organisation comprising a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and Harvard Medical School. It will provide world class digital health education, learning and development to 300 current and aspiring digital health leaders over a period of three years. Participants in the NHS Digital Academy will undertake a challenging one year programme comprising online modules and face-to-face residential learning sessions (10 days per year) covering all key dimensions of Health Informatics and Digital Leadership.

You will be responsible for managing projects to develop and deliver the Edinburgh led online taught modules for NHS Digital Academy. This will involve defining, planning and agreeing all project deliverables and timescales with internal and our partner institution (Imperial College London) stakeholders; co-ordinating and tracking project delivery, identifying and resolving all project risks and issues, management of third party suppliers and reporting progress versus plan and budget targets.

Successful applicants must be professionally qualified/relevant degree or equivalent, plus experience in relevant roles including significant experience operating in a project management capacity. Significant experience of managing and controlling budgets/resources/funding with an understanding of financial management procedures and developing innovative solutions and contributing to strategic planning is essential to the role. The post holder must also have relevant practical experience of delivering complex web based information systems, with experience of delivering learning and/or digital media based solutions and management of third party technical suppliers being strongly advantageous for the role.

This post is full-time (35 hours per week), fixed-term and is available from May 2018 to 30 April 2019. Part-time hours (minimum of 21 hours per week) would be considered for the right candidate.

Salary: UE07 £32,548 to £38,833

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Research Fellow

Closing Date: 19-Apr-2018

A high calibre, highly motivated candidate is invited to join this NIHR-funded programme grant within the Usher Institute as a post-doctoral researcher. The successful applicant will work with collaborators across the UK to develop, refine, pilot and evaluate components for a whole systems implementation strategy for the supported self-management of asthma in primary care. This work will involve developing, piloting and refining a complex intervention, running a UK-wide cluster randomised trial and undertaking a process evaluation.

Applicants should have a PhD in a health or social care field and experience of mixed methods research, as indicated by publications in peer reviewed journals. The project is UK-wide and so excellent communication and organisational skills are essential to work within this multi-disciplinary team across the UK.

This post is full-time (35 hours per week), fixed-term and is available from June 2018 to March 2024.

Salary: UE07 £32,548 to £38,833

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Medical Receptionist / Practice Administration Team

Closing Date: 23-Apr-2018

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 GPs, 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.

This post is part-time (25 hours per week), open-ended and is available from May 2018.

Salary: UE04 £19,305 to £20,989

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Research Fellow

Closing Date: 04-May-2018

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Fellow with experience in epidemiology and statistical genetics to join Dr Evropi Theodoratou’s team at the Usher Institute within the University of Edinburgh. Cancer of the large bowel (or colorectal cancer - CRC) is one of the most common causes of cancer death in the UK, but is potentially preventable. The position on offer, funded by Dr Theodoratou’s Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellowship (CRUK CDF), will be a key post to further ongoing efforts to develop risk prediction models for CRC prevention in the general population and symptomatic patients.

The work will be set in the context of a highly integrated and collaborative environment within the Usher Institute and IGMM and will be in collaboration with long term collaborators within Edinburgh, the UK and internationally. The research fellow will support the work of Dr Evropi Theodoratou’s CRUK CDF by fully engaging in all aspects of the research programme from design, data collection, analysis, publications, knowledge exchange and policy and public involvement.

Successful applicants will have a PhD (or near completion) in Genetic, Molecular or Cancer Epidemiology with significant experience in statistical analyses of genotype-phenotype associations, especially handling and analysis of large omic data (including a GWAS, PheWAS and Mendelian Randomisation analysis methods). Experience in epidemiology, statistical genetics, quantitative genetics and/or statistical methodology relevant to human genetics is also essential to the post.

This post is full-time (35 hours per week), fixed-term and is available from 01 November 2018 to 30 April 2020.

Salary: UE07 £32,548 to £38,833

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Assistant Practice Manager (maternity cover)

Closing Date: 04-May-2018

The Mackenzie Medical Centre is the clinical arm within the Centre for Population Health Sciences at The University of Edinburgh.

We are looking for an experienced practice manager with excellent communication skills to join our team for a period of one year. This is a temporary post and the incumbent will cover the duties of the assistant practice manager. There are 12 GPs, three practice nurses and a friendly and helpful administrative team. The practice is a GP 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 8,500 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.

This post is part-time (21-28 hours per week, Monday to Thursday), fixed-term for 12 months and is available from 14 May 2018.

Salary: UE06 £27,285 to £31,604 pro rata

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