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Research Assistant/Research Associate - Outcomes Analysis in Children's Heart Surgery. UCL Ref: 1452449

Grade: 6 or 7

Hours: Full Time

Salary: (inclusive of London allowance) £29,193-£30,783 per annum (Grade 6B); £33,353-£38,175 per annum (Grade 7)

Duties and Responsibilities

A vacancy exists for a Research Assistant/Research Associate to work within the Clinical Operational Research Unit (CORU) at University College London. The main duties of the successful applicant will be to contribute to the development of mathematical and  statistical models, to lead the collation and analysis of data relevant to each project and to contribute to the preparation of research articles for publication. Our work will lead directly to use in hospitals and national audit, so excellent attention to detail is crucial. 

Key to the success of CORU is that the majority of our projects are conducted in close collaboration with NHS staff and other organisations. The successful applicant will therefore be expected to communicate effectively with collaborators from a range of disciplines as required and to become acquainted with health service operation at all levels. 

Given our collaboration with external organisations, CORU team members are expected to work core office hours. Some travel to meetings at NHS and other sites is expected. Often this activity will necessarily take place outside normal working hours. Some projects may require some working within hospital sites, potentially necessitating criminal record checks. 

We will consider secondments for this post. The post is available immediately and we will seek to appoint as soon as possible after interview. The post is funded by the National Institute of Health Research and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity through to the end of June 2016 in the first instance. 

CORU is a small team of researchers applying operational research and applied mathematics to problems in health care. This post will involve working on two related projects researching outcomes for children after heart surgery in the UK, building on our ongoing work in this area (1–5). Working at CORU is a little different to a 'standard researcher' – all of our work is collaborative, usually involving working closely with at least one other person at CORU and at least one person in another department or organisation. 

*Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B Point 24-26 (£29,193 per annum - £30,783 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 (Research Associate) being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. 

Key Requirements

This post requires you to have a high level of mathematical/analytical ability, excellent communication skills in both written and oral English, good computing skills and computer programming skills. You will also need to have a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in a subject with a large amount of mathematical content or equivalent career experience, excellent attention to detail, and experience of conducting data analysis. Other key requirements include willingness and flexibility to work in close collaboration with clinicians and others in the Health Service, excellent team-working skills, and willingness to become expert in standard software tools used within CORU (for example VBA in MS Excel). While statistical expertise and/or experience of working with clinical data sets would be an advantage, we are happy to consider applicants without such experience as long as they possess excellent mathematical, data analysis and computer programming skills. Appointment at grade 7 is dependent on having being awarded a PhD. 

Further Details

A job description and person specification are available here. 

To apply, please visit this page and click the Apply Now button at the bottom of the page. 

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Christina Pagel, c.pagel@ucl.ac.uk, 020 76794501. 

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Closing Date:
26 Feb 2015

Latest time for the submission of applications: Midnight

Interview date: 4 March 2015

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.