Research Fellow, Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition (IHS092R)

The University of Aberdeen looks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Data Science. You will be based in the Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science (ACHDS), School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition and work closely with The Aberdeen Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health (ACAMH).

School/Section: Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Division: Institute of Applied Health Sciences
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £33,797 - £38,017
Ref No: IHS092R
Closing Date: 22-MAR-2021


Job Description

You  will join our multi-disciplinary team to lead the synthesis and analysis of unique large-scale electronic health record data sets, working across a number of innovative studies that focus on how best to organise and deliver care to those with rheumatic disease, and explore geographical differences in health outcomes.

The position is available from 01/07/21 latest until 30/06/22 as 100% FTE.

You will help deliver a portfolio of related projects including;

VOICES, funded by Versus Arthritis, aims to understand which key elements of care delivery are associated with health outcomes of prime importance to individuals with vasculitis. We are gathering information from people with vasculitis and their healthcare records in Scotland to look at healthcare outcomes and patterns of healthcare use.

The PACFiND study, funded by Versus Arthritis, which is researching how health services are organised to deliver care for people with fibromyalgia. It involves a large survey by questionnaire, interviews of participants and linking the data of participants through routine health records.

In both studies we will also host workshops with key stakeholders (patients, clinicians and policymakers) to discuss findings and produce recommendations.

You will be responsible for synthesis and analysis of large data sets, secondary data analysis of routinely-collected administrative and health data, and visualisation of complex data. It is essential that candidates have experience of working with routinely-collected administrative and health data and using R programming software.

Candidates should have the ability to work both as part of a team, and independently. Time management, attention to detail and excellent communication skills are essential.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale (£33,797- £38,017 per annum) and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

At this time the team are currently working from home in line with Scottish Government guidance.

We are also recruiting for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow for 24 months to work on the PACFiND and RHEUMAPS studies. Candidates applying for both positions should submit two separate applications but will be considered for both posts at one interview.

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Reid, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information.

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact Dr Rosemary Hollick, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology at

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Job Reference Number: IHS092R

The closing date for the receipt of applications is: 22 March 2021

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