Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. If you're looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution, there could be a job here for you.

A new opportunity has arisen for a post-doctoral research associate within the Genomic Disorders and Cognitive Development programme at MRC CBU, led by Dr Kate Baker. Our multi-disciplinary programme focuses on rare genetic conditions and mental health. This innovative role will build bridges between rare conditions research, mental health epidemiology and healthcare data science, within a new network involving family support organisations, clinicians and multiple research disciplines.

The post-holder will bring experience of analysing UK routine healthcare and linked datasets, and advanced statistical methods for epidemiological research. They will carry out pilot investigations across multiple datasets, to establish whether routine data is informative for mapping risk and resilience within this population. The initial focus condition will be Smith Magenis Syndrome, with a view to expansion across multiple rare conditions.

Applicants should be motivated to carry out innovative data science to benefit patients with rare conditions and their families. The post-holder will receive training and mentorship, to ensure that this position is an effective stepping-stone on a unique career pathway.

Start date for the post is April 2024 (negotiable). Informal enquiries are welcome. Please contact Kate Baker, by email: Information on the unit and programme can be found at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £31,411) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SU40372 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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