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Research Fellow

Department of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology

Salary:  £38,533 to £43,759 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date:  Monday 03 September 2018
Interview Date:  Friday 14 September 2018
Reference:  EPH-NCDE-2018-07

We are seeking to appoint a research fellow with experience in epidemiology. They will work under the direction of Professor David Leon.

This is an exciting full-time post for a researcher in the first part of their post-doctoral career who is keen to broaden their analytic experience and add to their list of publications. They will join a strong international research team who have spent the past few years (2016-18) completing the collection of high quality population-based data on 4500 working age men and women in Russia. This Wellcome Trust funded project aims to further our understanding of why Russia has one of the highest cardiovascular mortality rates in the world. 

The post-holder will be expected to play a central role in the precise formulation of key research questions and in the data analyses, interpretation and writing up of results for publication.  In addition, they will be expected to contribute to other papers being produced within the research team. This position is particularly attractive because much of the data to be used has already been extensively cleaned and documented. As a result, the analytic effort will be mainly focussed on addressing substantive questions. 

The data is unusually rich, including behavioural risk factor profiles and a wide range of objective biomedical characteristics relevant to cardiovascular and other important chronic diseases. These include extensive biochemistries, ECHO cardiographic profiles, measures of carotid atherosclerosis and respiratory function. A particularly exciting aspect of the study is that we are making direct comparisons with the Tromsø 7 study in Norway (2016), where rates of cardiovascular mortality are eight times lower than in Russia.

The post-holder will be based in London in the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases Epidemiology in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health. They will work directly with Professor David Leon, the lead PI of the project, as well as other members of the research team both in London as well as in Russia, Norway and Germany. They will be encouraged and supported to put forward their own formulation of the research questions to be addressed and to show extensive initiative in exploring analyses and approaches to writing up for publication. We will support the successful candidate to achieve their academic goals and provide mentoring and guidance where needed. 

The post-holder will be prepared to take a high degree of responsibility for their own work, in return for the flexibility and freedom we offer within the project to develop their own ideas. We will support the successful candidate to achieve her/his academic goals and provide mentoring and guidance where needed. We aim to provide an intellectually challenging environment, with high-quality, stimulating research, which builds theory and improves policy and practice. This is an innovative project opening up new field of research, with considerable benefits for the post-holder’s professional development.

The post-holder will need a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (epidemiology or quantitative social sciences). Further particulars are included in the attached job description.

The post is based in London at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The appointment is available from 24 August 2018 and is funded until 31 December 2019 in the first instance with possibility for an extension. The appointment will be made on LSHTM’s Academic Pathway Grade 6 (£38,533- £43,759 per annum inclusive) depending on qualifications and experience. The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part-time. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. 

Applications should be made on-line via our website at
The reference for this post is EPH-NCDE-2018-07. Applications should include a CV and the name, telephone number and email address of two referees who may be contacted immediately if you are shortlisted. Any queries about the application process may be addressed to

The supporting statement should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process; a failure to provide this information will mean that your application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable. Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend (or otherwise participate in interview) on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.

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