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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: 18-Feb-2019

A clinical decision support system to improve asthma diagnosis in primary care: delivering a more accurate, personalised and understandable diagnostic experience

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellow to work on an Asthma UK / Innovate UK funded project which will develop a technological approach to help primary healthcare professional make an accurate diagnosis of asthma.

There is no single diagnostic test for asthma, making it challenging for clinicians to make an accurate diagnosis. Without an accurate diagnosis it is not possible to provide the correct management. This programme of work will use technology to develop a system embedded in primary care practice computers that will support healthcare professionals to assess the probability of asthma. Through a partnership with primary care software (www.tactuum.com) and data experts (www.optimumpatientcare.org), you will help to develop a clinical decision support system to aid doctors and nurses in their diagnostic decision making. A novel feature is that the system will aim to engage the patient in the diagnostic process by developing screens designed to be shared during the consultation.

You will be based within the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (www.aukcar.ac.uk), located within the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, where you will work within a team led by Professor Hilary Pinnock and Dr Luke Daines. Over this three year post you will conduct and report a qualitative study exploring the perspectives of patients, parents and professionals; work with our technology partners to develop, test and refine clinical decision support software before designing and running a feasibility pilot study of the final prototype.

We are looking for a researcher with an interest and experience in both healthcare research (ideally UK primary care) and digital technologies/software development. You will hold a PhD in a relevant subject and have a strong track record in designing and conducting mixed methods research. Your organisational, communication and writing skills should be to a very high standard – but above all, we seek a researcher with enthusiasm and determination who really wants to join our team.

This post is part-time (17.5 hours/week), fixed term for 3 years.

Salary: UE07 £33,199 - £39,609

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Medical Statistician/Statistical Epidemiologist

Closing Date: 01-Mar-2019

The UK Biobank Chief Scientist’s Group within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh is seeking an experienced and motivated Medical Statistician to provide statistical expertise to the UK Biobank follow-up and outcome adjudication team to identify and implement scalable methods to ascertain disease status of cohort participants using linked electronic health records. They will be working with large amounts of confidential electronic health data for UK Biobank from multiple sources in England, Scotland and Wales and will provide statistical expertise to the UK Biobank team of epidemiologists, clinicians and data analysts. The post will require a wide range of skills as well the ability and desire to rapidly acquire new ones.

Applicants must have a PhD in Medical statistics or closely related discipline, plus good experience (or MSc in medical statistics plus a longer period of experience). Knowledge and experience of statistics in an epidemiological framework, including an understanding of prospective studies as well as experience in advanced statistical modelling, including relevant experience with a suitable statistical packages, are also essential to the post.

This post is full-time, 35hrs (although we also welcome applications from candidates who wish to work part-time – minimum of 3days/21hrs), and funded for 2 years in the first instance, starting as soon as possible.

Salary: UE07 £33,199 - £39,609

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Trial Manager

Closing Date: 01-Mar-2019

This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU). Based within the Usher Institute at  NINE BioQuarter, 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. Initially, with a primary responsibility to lead on a NIHR funded study in palliative care but you will be expected to contribute your expertise in support of other studies within ECTU as required.

This role will require close communication with the trial sponsor, clinical trials units, pharmacies and investigators across the UK. You will be educated to postgraduate level and have significant experience in trial administration and/or trial management. Some travel within the UK will be required.

This post is full-time (35 hours/week), available from April 1st 2019 for 2 years in the first instance (subject to on-going research funding).

Salary: UE07 £33,199 to £39,609

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Senior medical Statistician/Statistical Epidemiologist

Closing Date: 02-Mar-2019

The UK Biobank Chief Scientist’s Group within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh is seeking an experienced and motivated Senior Medical Statistician to provide senior statistical leadership and expertise to the UK Biobank follow-up and outcome adjudication team and their broader network to identify and implement scalable methods to ascertain disease status of cohort participants using linked electronic health records. This will involve contributing to and providing expert statistical and epidemiological input into high quality studies involving multiple partners in the Usher Institute, wider University, other collaborating institutions and the wider UK Biobank organisation. The post-holder will have opportunities to pursue and lead independent statistical research, and to develop new methodology in medical statistics through involvement in funding bids and generation of high impact publications.

Applicants must have a PhD in Medical Statistics or closely related discipline, plus excellent experience (or MSc in medical statistics plus a longer period of experience). Also essential for the post are: a track record of successful delivery of research project results; knowledge and experience of statistics in an epidemiological framework, including a good understanding of prospective studies and linked healthcare data; and extensive experience in advanced statistical methods (e.g. linear mixed modelling, working with complex longitudinal data, diagnostic test accuracy), including relevant experience with suitable statistical software packages.

This post is full-time (although we also welcome applications from candidates who wish to work part-time – minimum 2days/14hrs), and funded for 2 years in the first instance, starting as soon as possible.

Salary: UE08 £40,792 - £48,677

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Clinical Teacher

Closing Date: 05-Mar-2019

The MacKenzie Medical Centre within the Centre for Population Health Sciences (Usher Institute) organises and delivers the general practice teaching within the undergraduate medicine course (MBChB) at the University of Edinburgh. General practice teaching takes place within 4 of the 5 years of the MBChB programme.

We are looking to recruit a practicing general practitioner to join our teaching team as a GP Clinical Teacher to support the development and delivery of high quality teaching. The post is for 2 to 4 sessions per week (7 -14 hours), with flexibility in order to secure the right candidate. The post is open ended and available from March 2019.

Salary: Ac3b £66,964 to £85,876 (pro rata) for 7-14 hours each week

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Research Fellow

Closing Date: 11-Mar-2019

Based in The University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, this post offers an exciting opportunity to work with an established research group to contribute to an NIHR funded Programme to evaluate the Optimisation of ePrescribing systems in English hospitals.The Programme is seeking a dynamic research fellow to conduct and write up literature reviews in the domain of ePrescribing, to design detailed high quality research studies in order to effectively manage data collection across multiple ePrescribing research studies, to conduct a series of interviews, focus groups, expert round-table discussions and observations across a number of English NHS sites, and to analyse the qualitative and quantitative data gathered and to synthesize results across multiple ePrescribing research studies.Applicants must have at least a PhD in a relevant area, a postgraduate qualification in a broad area of eHealth or Digital Health, extensive experience in qualitative data collection and analysis, experience in developing and applying theoretical models and techniques to Digital Health or eHealth initiatives, and experience in developing public engagement activities to maximise the impact of the Programme’s findings.

The Programme is a collaboration between The University of Edinburgh, The University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Nottingham, The University of Durham and Harvard University. Regular travel and overnight stays to cities in England are required.

Salary: UE08 £40,792 to £48,677

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