25 Sep

Research Assistant Associate Jobs Vacancy at University Glasgow Glasgow

Research Assistant Associate
University Glasgow
Glasgow SCT
25 Sep, 2017 27 days ago

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Research Assistant Associate Jobs Vacancy at University Glasgow Glasgow Jobs Details:

To make a leading contribution to the project: Treatment effectiveness in multimorbidity:
Combining efficacy estimates from clinical trials with the natural history obtained
from large routine healthcare databases to determine net overall treatment
The purpose of this post is to conduct, present and publish quantitative research in the fields of epidemiology, clinical trials, and evidence based medicine.
Specifically, the successful candidate will participate in research developing novel methods for determining treatment effectiveness in “real-world” populations using a combination of routine healthcare data and clinical trial data. The candidate will have excellent organisational skills, and expertise in working with data including data cleaning, documentation and statistical modelling.
This project has been funded by the Wellcome Trust and will be supervised from within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Main Duties and Responsibilities Perform the following activities in conjunction with and under the guidance of the Principal Investigator (PI):

1. To assist and add to data from a publicly available database to create and maintain a database of metadata on a large number of clinical trials, including developing and completing a protocol for recording and categorising trial metadata, and extracting relevant metadata from trial documents (protocols, clinical study reports, published papers).
2. Work on individual-level patient data in clinical trial repositories, using the metadata developed above, to aggregate data from selected clinical trials according to relevant characteristics. Then perform regression modelling (linear models and generalized linear models) to estimate treatment effects across sub-groups defined by relevant characteristics.
3. To undertake with support more complex analyses using Bayesian hierarchical generalized linear models
4. Undertake analyses of data from routine healthcare databases. Model event rates for different outcomes, over time, and for patients with different combinations of baseline characteristics.
5. Contribute to the analyses of clinical trials, re-weighting treatment effect estimates according to the prevalence of baseline characteristics in trial populations and registry data populations.
6. With support synthesise trial treatment effect estimates to and models derived from administrative data to estimate treatment effects in real-world populations.
7. Adhere to regulations and agreements regarding how data from trial repositories and administrative data safe havens are to be analysed. Assist with and/or draft applications to repositories, ethics committees and other governance bodies.
8. To carry out and adopt modern robust approaches for data analysis, including the use of version control and literate programming techniques. Robustly document all analyses.
9. Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
10. Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.
11. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings/seminars /workshops within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing and the University as well as the wider community (e.g. academic and industrial partners)
12. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the group and Institute, including budgets/expenditure. Contribute to outreach and recruitment activities of the University of Glasgow.
13. Carry out modest teaching activities (e.g. demonstrating etc) and associated administration as assigned by the Director of the Institute and in consultation with the PI.
14. Contribute to the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.
15. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills.
16. Undertake other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Institute Director and/or PI.
For Appointment at Grade 7:
17. Perform the above duties with a higher degree of independence, leadership and responsibility, particularly in relation to planning, funding, collaborating and publishing research, and mentoring colleagues.
18. Establish and sustain a record of independent and joint published research to establish and maintain your expert reputation in the subject area.
19. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks, which the staff member may reasonably be expected to perform.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience Knowledge/Qualifications
A1. First or upper second class degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science, health economics or a health-related discipline.
A2. Theoretical and practical knowledge in a research related field
A3. Knowledge of statistical modelling.
A4. Working towards or completed Postgraduate qualification in medical statistics, health economics, data science, statistical programming or a related discipline or evidence of equivalent experience.

For Appointment at Grade 7:
A3. A PhD in mathematics, statistics, computer science, health economics or a health-related discipline or evidence of equivalent experience
A4. Extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of research-related field.

C1. Able to program in R
C2. Able to adopt robust data analysis techniques –version control, literate programming etc.
C3. Able to perform generalised linear regression modelling and interpret the results.
C4. Capacity to develop skills, following appropriate training (eg a short course), in parametric survival analyses
C5. Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex concepts clearly and concisely.
C6. Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach.
C7. Willingness and aptitude to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
C8. Appropriate workload and time management skills.
C9. Willingness to engage with regulatory and data governance requirements.
C10. Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach.
D1. Able to conduct Bayesian analyses in language such as BUGS, JAGS or Stan.
D2. Able to use simulation type approaches for modelling
D3. Able to conduct analyses with large administrative datasets
D4. Able to carry out basic data processing tasks in the SAS language.

E1. Sufficient breadth and/or depth of knowledge with research experience (may include PhD training), in well-reputed research setting.
E2. Experience of successfully working with complex datasets
E3. Experience of scientific writing
E4. Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
E5. Evidence of an emerging track record of publications in a relevant field
E6. Experience of conducting Bayesian, or simulation-based analyse.

For Appointment at Grade 7
E7 Extensive relevant research experience, including independence illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, the design/analysis of experiments, and the drafting of scientific publications.
E8 Publications, including at least one as first author, in appropriate-impact international scientific journals.

Job Features Dimensions
To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality.
Publish as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales.
Informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students.
Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with Institute/School policy.
Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory

Planning and Organising
Management of time and prioritisation of research and administrative duties.
Reactive – daily queries from departmental staff/research students
Weekly/monthly – research work
Monthly/annually – grant submission
React to varying project needs and deadline
For appointment at level 7
Take the lead on the planning and organising of different aspects relating to the project

Decision Making
Prioritise own work
Research – projects, topics, methodology and collaborations
Funding grants to apply for
Decide on choice of journal for publication of research and conferences to attend.
Safe use of data.

For appointment at level 7
Substantial input into decisions on experimental approaches, publication strategies, dissemination strategies and meetings.

Internal/External Relationships
University colleagues: to exchange information to ensure efficient working and to facilitate cross disciplinary working.
External bodies/collaborators: proactively maintain co-operation and links at all levels to enhance profile and reputation.
Dissemination: preparation and presentation of reports/results and participation in meetings and conference calls.

Problem Solving
Research including technical and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideas.
Awareness of project and budgetary issues and lead times.
Assistance of undergraduate/postgraduate students and junior team members with problems relating to research project.

For appointment at level 7
Contributing to identifying potential sources of funding and making applications
identifying own training needs and working with others to identify training needs

Representation of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing through presentation at national and international events.
Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies.
Prepared to travel to work in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the University

The funding for this post is for 30 months in the first instance.

Standard Terms & Conditions Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 6, £28,098 - £31,604 per annum / level 7, £34,520 - £38,833 per annum, depending on experience.

The funding for the post is until 30 March 2020 in the first instance.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing gender equality in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. The Institute of Health and Wellbeing has achieved a Silver Award. Further information at http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/healthwellbeing/athenaswan/

The Institute of Health & Wellbeing supports the principle of flexible working and undertakes that all requests will be considered seriously.

The University of Glasgow is committed to promoting equality in all its activities and aims to provide a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from discrimination and unfair treatment.'

Vacancy ref: 018993, closing date: 15 October 2017

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