Senior Research Fellow/ Data Scientist

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£44,674 to £52,701

The Precision Health Informatics Data Lab ( is a pan-London lab that sits across the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, UCL and King’s College London. The aim of the group, led by Professor Richard Dobson, is to generate excellent research in health informatics and deliver novel data-driven interventions and tooling into the NHS. The post holder will play a key role in the delivery of a number of these projects, including CogStack, an information retrieval and extraction platform ( ).

The role will be central to the delivery of the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) National Text Analytics programme and will involve coordination of activities across partner sites to deliver a portal for sharing tools, datasets, APIs and standards, as part of an information commons, complementing and generating efficiencies of scale for HDR UK. The role will involve delivering, managing and improving the software projects based on the CogStack Platform working on NHS Clinical Records data across multiple NHS Trusts. The post holder will utilise and contribute to the development and dissemination of the CogStack platform to support clinical and research studies with collaborating clinicians or researchers. The post holder will utilise and contribute to development and dissemination of the CogStack platform to support clinical and research studies with collaborating clinicians or researchers, and develop methods for harmonizing and curating health data from diverse data sources using established open source solutions and standards, and develop analysis and visualisation tools for characterizing heterogeneous data sources.

The role is available from 1 June 2020 and the end date is expected to be 28 February 2022, in the first instance

The successful applicant will have a BSc in a relevant discipline (biological science, statistics computer science, bioinformatics or equivalent subject) and at least 2 years’ natural language processing experience ideally using big biomedical data. The post holder will be able to demonstrate strong programming skills using Java, Python, or C++ and have data analysis programming experience (Python, R or MATLAB). Knowledge of biomedical ontologies/semantic web technologies and information retrieval/semantic search techniques is desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work well within a team, will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and will demonstrate strong problem-solving skills.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Professor Richard Dobson ( ).

Applications should be completed on line , however if you are having difficulty accessing the on-line recruitment system please contact IHIHR Admin Team ( ) for advice.

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