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Position: MRC Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Institution: Medical Research Council
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: To take initiative in the planning of research; To direct the work of small research teams; To identify and develop suitable techniques for the collection and analysis of data; To work collaboratively and support other projects in the group; To conduct data analysis; To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times; To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings; To write reports for submission to research sponsors; To present findings to colleagues and at conferences; To submit publications to refereed journals
Requirements: PhD (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or other relevant discipline; Ability to code in R or Python with proven skills in programming; Previous experience in biomedical research; Experience in data science, statistics or machine learning
Text: Skip to content Leading science for better health Login or Register Toggle navigation Home Vacancy search Events Help centre MRC Postdoctoral Research Scientist LMS 1661 Open Date 27/08/2021, 12:00 Close Date 23/09/2021, 23:55 Research Institute MRC London Institute of Medical Science Research Institute / Unit Information The London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) is a Medical Research Council funded research institute at the Hammersmith Hospital campus (London W12) of Imperial College London, with around 400 biomedical researchers undertaking multidisciplinary and internationally-competitive science.For more information, visit www.lms.mrc.ac.uk. UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, more information can be found at www.ukri.org Band MRC - 4 Location London Salary £32,302 - £35,143 plus London allowances (£3,727 & £1,402) per annum Allowances Additional allowances comprise a £1,000 lump sum Settlement Allowance plus a yearly Training Allowance of £850 in the first year, paid in monthly instalments. The Training Allowance increases to £1,300 in year two, and £1,800 in the third year. Contract Type Fixed Term Job Type Science Full Time / Part Time Full Time Contract Length 3 Years Job Description Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral research position within the Computational Cardiac Imaging Group, led by Prof Declan O’Regan, at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS). We are looking for a highly motivated and creative postdoc interested in joining our friendly international team.Our lab has a longstanding interest in studying genetic and environmental risk factors for heart disease using innovative approaches to analysing human imaging. We use a flexible and inter-disciplinary approach to research that moves between individuals, populations and model organisms. We have studied how complex traits contribute to heart function (Meyer et al. Nature 2020), health outcomes (Bello et al. Nat Mach Intell 2019), and inherited heart disease (Schafer et al. Nat Genetics 2017).We are looking for a research associate with a background in biomedical computational science who can develop innovative approaches to understanding how complex traits in the heart affect human health. This will make use of rich computational image phenotyping obtained in large and diverse biobanked populations with genotyping and whole exome sequencing. You will be working in a very diverse team that spans clinical and scientific disciplines. You will be using skills in mathematics and computational science to answer key questions about the mechanisms underlying heart disease. This will involve the development of innovative ideas to solve complex classification, association and prediction tasks in biomedical research.You will have the opportunity to work at the cutting-edge of translational medicine research in a vibrant and supportive multi-disciplinary team that crosses traditional scientific domains. There are excellent opportunities for professional development - taking full advantage of collaborations and facilities across the LMS and Imperial College including mentoring networks and peer support groups. Main Responsibilities:To take initiative in the planning of researchTo direct the work of small research teamsTo identify and develop suitable techniques for the collection and analysis of dataTo work collaboratively and support other projects in the groupTo conduct data analysisTo ensure the validity and reliability of data at all timesTo maintain accurate and complete records of all findingsTo write reports for submission to research sponsorsTo present findings to colleagues and at conferencesTo submit publications to refereed journalsTo provide guidance to staff and studentsTo attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessaryTo promote the reputation of the Group, the Department and InstituteTo provide guidance to PhD StudentsContribute to bids for research grantsTo conduct and plan own scientific work with appropriate supervisionTo maintain highly organised and accurate record of experimental WorkTo actively participate in the research programme of the Group and UnitTo publish in high quality journals and to present data at national and international meetingsTo participate in Group/Unit research meetings and internal seminarsTo collaborate with other allied scientists within Institute, Imperial College and elsewhere in London and abroad, as appropriateWillingness to work out of normal working hours (including weekends) if the requirements of the project demandTo contribute to the smooth running of the Group’s/Unit’s laboratories and, facilities with other scientists, clinicians, technicians and students within the laboratoriesTo assist in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research students and research assistants as requiredTo comply with the Institute, College, Division, and Unit safety practices and to attend courses on safety when appropriateAny other duties as may be deemed reasonable by Head of group as well as Head of Division Person Specification Education / Qualifications / Training required (will be assessed from application form): Essential: PhD (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or other relevant disciplineKnowledge and experience (will be assessed from application form and at interview):Essential: Ability to code in R or Python with proven skills in programmingPrevious experience in biomedical researchExperience in data science, statistics or machine learningDesirable:Previous experience of performing genotype-phenotype modelling or outcome studiesPrevious experience of handling large datasetsFamiliar with HPC environments, Linux, Docker and GitHubDevelopment of machine learning algorithms and use of deep learning librariesKnowledge of regression modelling techniquesTrack record of authorship of software and/or database toolsPrevious experience of a multidisciplinary research environment with a track record of relevant publications and presentationsExcellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication Personal skills/behaviours/qualities (will be assessed at the interview):Essential: Ability to conduct reproducible researchAbility to conduct a detailed review of recent literatureAbility to develop and apply new conceptsCreative approach to problem-solvingExcellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of peopleAbility to direct the work of a small research team and motivate others to produce a high standard of workAbility to organise own work with minimal supervisionAbility to prioritise own work in response to deadlinesAdvanced computer skills, including word-processing, spreadsheets and the InternetWillingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperativeFlexible attitude towards workDiscipline and regard for confidentiality and security at all timesWillingness to work out of normal working hours (including weekends) if the requirements of the project demandWillingness to undertake any necessary training for the role Further Information For informal enquiries, please contact Declan O’Regan (declan.oregan@lms.mrc.ac.uk)Please upload your CV, names and contacts of two scientific references along with a covering letter stating why you are applying for this role (providing evidence against the requirements of the job as per the job description and person specification). Please quote reference number: LMS 1661 The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check. View cookie policy Copyright 2015. Medical Research Council
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