Chronic Disease Epidemiologist

Salary:  Research Assistant: £24,049- £27,047

Research Associate: £27-854- £36,298

Senior Research Associate*: £37,382- £47,314  (Senior Research Associate (G9)*, Research Associate (G7) or Research Assistant (G5), depending on qualifications and experience. *NB: The status of Senior Research Associate is awarded on the basis of individual merit and may be awarded to the successful candidate if approved by the Faculty Board of the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine.)

Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit

Limited Tenure*

PLEASE NOTE: previous applicants need not apply.

The Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit (CEU) within the DPHPC (one of Europe’s leading academic departments of population health sciences) is an internationally recognised interdisciplinary group currently comprising >50 staff and students.

Due to recent expansion an opportunity has arisen for a talented chronic disease epidemiologist who is interested in joining world-leading large-scale studies of cardiovascular disease. This position can be filled by an appropriate candidate at Senior Research Associate, Research Associate or Research Assistant level, depending on relevant qualifications and experience.

The main responsibility of the role will be to coordinate and implement analyses of various risk factors for cardiovascular disease in a portfolio of studies involving large epidemiological databases. Specific examples of these analyses may include:

– assessing novel and emerging risk factors for association with cardiovascular disease in multi-study consortia;

– investigating the incremental benefit of adding novel risk factors to existing cardiovascular risk prediction scores;

– integrating genetic data with cardiovascular risk factors to assess causality of associations.

Such analyses will provide internationally unique and unusually detailed insights into the relevance of novel risk factors to cardiovascular disease, the world’s leading source of death and major disability. The role will involve contributing importantly to a series of high-impact publications. The post holder will also help to establish new projects, and contribute to core projects within the CEU.

The post-holder will have: (1) relevant epidemiological or statistical qualifications (eg, Masters or PhD in Epidemiology, Public Health, or Applied Statistics), (2) a sound understanding of epidemiological concepts, particularly in relation to chronic disease epidemiology (3) strong quantitative skills, including experience of using relevant statistical software (STATA/R) (4) high level report writing and presentational skills. The post-holder should also be able to work independently, accurately judge priorities, and have excellent organisational and communication skills.

Further Particulars can be found here.

Formal applications consisting of a covering letter, CV and a completed CHRIS 6 form, parts 1 and 3 only to be completed (available from should be sent, preferably by email to Lynette Watson: or by post to Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN.

Your cover letter should describe how you meet the person specification for the role.


For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Emanuele Di Angelantonio (

*Fixed-term:  The funds for the post are available until 31 December 2015 in the first instance.

Closing Date:  12 August 2013

Interview Date(s): w/c 26 August 2013

Quote Reference:  RH01389