The Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds invites Ph.D. candidates to apply for the position of Research Fellow on Epidemiology.
Moreover, the Research Fellow on Epidemiology will work on the project is funded by Wellcome Trust which to identify early maternal predictors of low infant birth eight in South Asians in the UK. The candidate will join a diverse team of researchers across nutrition, genetic statistics, and epidemiology. The overall aim of the team is to develop and apply novel methodologies to
- Identify and evaluate maternal metabolites that predict birth weight in white European and South Asian newborns.
- Test the modifying effect of nutrients and diet on the association between metabolites and birth weight.
- Generating independent and original research that aims to identify early maternal shits in metabolism that have a connection with birth weight.
- Also, using novel epidemiological techniques to evaluate the role of individual markers of maternal metabolism (i.e., metabolites) on infant birth weight.
- Moreover, the pursuit and development of new techniques and methods to build upon and improve current metabolic methodologies.
- Developing research objectives and proposals and contributing to setting the direction of the research project and team, including preparing proposals for funding in collaboration with colleagues.
- Evaluating methods and techniques used and results obtained by other researchers and relating such evaluations appropriately to their own work.
- Similarly, preparing papers for publication in leading international journals and disseminating research results through other recognized forms of output.
- Working both independently and also as part of a larger team of researchers, engaging in knowledge-transfer activities where appropriate and feasible with the possibility of traveling nationally and internationally as required for conferences and meetings.
- Maintaining their own continuing professional development and acting as a mentor to less experienced colleagues as appropriate.
- Furthermore, contributing to the training of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including assisting with the supervision of projects in areas relevant to the project.
- A Ph.D. in Epidemiology, or a closely allied discipline; or be close to completion, i.e. have submitted your thesis before taking up the position. In addition to that, a background in health sciences, and genetics and/or metabolomics.
- Experience analyzing large epidemiological and ‘omics data sets.
- Knowledge of statistics, including parametric (e.g., multiple variable regression) and non-parametric (PCA, PLS) methods.
- Experience with data analysis using appropriate packages as well as a keen interest in DOHaD and high-risk populations.
- Good time management and planning skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines; manage competing demands and work effectively under pressure without close support.
- A proven track record of peer-reviewed publications in high impact factor journals.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills to a wide audience of researchers and the general public.
- A proven ability to work well both individually and in a team.
- Furthermore, experience managing or leading independent or team research projects.
Salary: (£33,797 – £40,322 ) per annum
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The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, England. Having the motto of ‘And knowledge will be increased’; the university establishment dates to 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. It lies in the top 20 in the world for graduate employability. Moreover, the university has affiliations with 6 Nobel Laureates. Furthermore, Leeds was in the 19th position amongst multi-faculty institutions in the UK for the quality (GPA) of its research. Above all, the university is in 93rd position in the QS World University Rankings 2019. Also, it is the fifth-largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers.