Postdoctoral Research Associate in Epidemiology

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University of Leicester

Leicester, United Kingdom

Application Deadline
GBP34,804 to £40,322

Vacancy terms: Full-time, part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE 30 hours per week) or job share fixed term contract for two years

Full time hours per week: 37.5

Advert closes midnight on: 27 Oct 2020

About the role

Joining the new National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Environmental Exposures and Health at the University of Leicester, you will conduct epidemiological research into health effects of environmental exposures as part of the new HPRU.

You will conduct independent research on a range of projects as part of the HPRU team, leading on development of epidemiological projects and analysis plans, conducting statistical analyses and assisting or leading in writing scientific reports and journal submissions.

The HPRU assesses health risks from pollutants including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), environmental transport noise and bioaerosols (moulds and pollen exposures). We are also involved in various national initiatives on COVID-19 in relation to role of air pollution.

The NIHR HPRU in environmental exposures and health at University of Leicester is a partnership with Public Health England (PHE, shortly to become part of the National Institute for Health Protection NIHP) and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), with opportunities for short-term placements and collaborations.

About you

You will have a PhD in epidemiology, medical statistics, biostatistics or a related discipline (already awarded or award expected within three months), excellent quantitative skills using statistical packages such as R or Stata, and experience in developing and writing up epidemiological analyses, ideally with experience in environmental epidemiology.

You will have evidence of research productivity, including high-quality research publications.

Additional information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Anna Hansell on or John Gulliver on

As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to professional development, this role will also be considered on a seconded basis for existing staff members. Please ensure this is discussed with your line manager prior to applying. More information regarding secondments can be found here.

We are committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. The University is ranked within the top 25 UK Universities in all international league tables and we are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.


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