Research Fellow in Statistics or Epidemiology

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Queen’s University Belfast

Belfast, United Kingdom

Application Deadline
£33,797 - £38,017

Ref: 20/108282

Centre for Public Health

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

We are recruiting for a statistician or epidemiologist with strong statistical expertise to join a research team in the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast working alongside Dr Chris Cardwell in a program of research funded by CRUK and in collaboration with researchers from the University of Oxford. The principal aim of the post is to determine whether HRT use after diagnosis of cancer alters the risk of death in women with a range of common cancers. Analysis will also be undertaken to investigate the impact of HRT on cardiovascular disease in women with cancer.

The successful candidate will undertake analyses using cohorts of cancer patients from Wales (SAIL) and Scotland (EDRIS) to create datasets for analysis and then apply statistical techniques (such as survival analysis) to these datasets to determine the impact of HRT on cancer-specific mortality and cardiovascular disease.

The Research Fellow will be supported by the faculty Postdoctoral Development Centre as part of a wider Queen’s offering which provides outstanding support to researchers to help move into an independent research or academic post.

The successful candidate must have:

  • A primary degree or Master’s degree in mathematics/statistics or a health-related subject
  • Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD in applied mathematics/statistics, epidemiology, public health, pharmacy, or related discipline
  • At least 3 years’ recent research experience and skills relevant to this project e.g. database management, statistical analysis, working with large epidemiological datasets
  • Experience of using statistical packages such as STATA
  • Specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques pertinent to cancer epidemiology or pharmacoepidemiology

Salary: £33,797 - £38,017 per annum

This post is available until 31 October 2022

Closing date: Wednesday 26 August 2020

Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 15 September 2020

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr John Busby via email to

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. The School has the perfect balance of world-class teaching resources and internationally recognised research infrastructure and comprises of three education and three research centres.

The Centre for Public (CPH) Health is one of three research Centres in the School and is based within three buildings on the Royal Victoria Hospital site. CPH is committed to identifying the epidemiological and genetic risk factors that are important for the health of the individual and of the population and developing screening and interventions to reduce the burden of chronic diseases in the future, thus advancing the health of the public at a regional, national and international level, by increasing knowledge and influencing clinical and public health practice and policy.

Further information about the School, Centre and Group Leader can be found at

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation and talent based on excellence. Throughout the University, our academics collaborate across disciplines and with outside agencies and institutions on projects of world significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK’s most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression. The University and the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences hold an Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of our commitment and success in addressing gender equality, representation, progression and success for all our staff.

We are ranked 1st in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (Innovate UK), 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and most affordable cities in the UK. There is an excellent range of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards and we are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding.


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