Senior Health Data Scientist

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Health Data Research UK
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Location: Flexible. Primary base could be anywhere in the UK, but must be willing and able to travel to London and elsewhere (mainly UK) in connection with the role

Duration: Fixed-term contract to 31 Dec 2024 with the possibility of extension

Reporting to: Director, BHF Data Science Centre (Professor Cathie Sudlow)

About Health Data Research UK

Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is the UK’s national institute for health data science. Our mission is to unite the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives. It is funded by UK Research and Innovation, the Department of Health and Social Care in England and equivalents in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and leading medical research charities.

HDR UK was set up in 2018 to support research on health data at scale to advance our understanding of disease and enable new discoveries that will ultimately improve health and care. We have established national research programmes that use data at scale, and we are building an infrastructure to enable the responsible access and analysis of this data.

About the BHF Data Science Centre

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Science Centre, is building on a £10m initial investment from the BHF to deliver the data and data science needed to address some of the most pressing challenges in heart and circulatory health research. For more information please see our brochure.

The aim of the centre is to enable responsible, ethical research that combines the power of advanced analytic methods with the UK’s large-scale and diverse cardiovascular data. High impact outputs will help to shape better cardiovascular health services, provide patients and health professionals with the tools to make better decisions, and bring the latest medical discoveries to patients across the UK faster than ever before.

Purpose of the post

The post holder will be a key member of the BHF Data Science Centre team, ensuring the availability and utility of data within national Trusted Research Environments (TREs), through overseeing the provision of essential data management, curation and data wrangling. This will involve working closely with the director and her team, HDR UK staff, data custodians and researchers/data analysts (currently >60) from across a number of academic and NHS organisations in the UK. The post holder will provide leadership for the data management/curation/wrangling team, overseeing processes across the TREs of the four UK nations.

Main Responsibilities

  • Work with existing health data scientists within NHS Digital, SAIL, SNDSH and NI Honest Broker Service and in collaboration analysts working in the various TREs, to develop and implement data management and curation pipelines for practical and easy use of data across multiple projects, multiple users, and multiple TREs. Support users undertaking research and provide training where necessary. This will involve working with data wranglers, analysts and technical teams in partner organisations.
  • Manage processes and deliver across multiple parallel projects, communicating progress, challenges and escalating issues where necessary.

The closing date for this vacancy is Wednesday 7th July 2021 – 17:00pm.

Interviews will take place on Friday 16 July 2021 via videoconference.

Health Data Research UK is an equal opportunities employer.


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