Purpose of the post

This is an exciting opportunity to take on a national leadership role to work with the BHF Data Science Centre on a part-time secondment basis. The Enhancing Cohorts Theme Lead will be a key member of the BHF Data Science Centre leadership team, working closely with the director, associate directors leading the centre’s other thematic areas, and centre staff to identify and prioritise key areas of work in the use of large cohorts in cardiovascular research, demonstrating impact at national and international level. They will have an excellent understanding of, and expertise in, the development, use and analysis of cohort studies in cardiovascular research, and a strong commitment to developing linked healthcare data-enabled approaches to improve understanding of causes and progression of cardiovascular disease and improve strategies for treatment.

Supported by the BHF Data Science Centre team, the postholder will work with stakeholders across the UK to:

  • identify research priorities for cardiovascular disease-based cohorts;
  • identify relevant disease-based and population cohorts and forge collaborations;
  • identify and address the infrastructure and analytics challenges that need to be overcome to enable linkage of disease-based cohorts to other types of health data and their analysis at UK-wide scale, to inform the causes, prediction, progression, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

There will be overlap with the centre’s other thematic areas, and collaborative working with associate directors leading these themes is expected. Collaboration with HDR UK’s multi-omics consortium and with HDR UK priority areas, for example ‘Understanding the Causes of Disease’ and ‘The Human Phenome’ will also be key.

There will also be opportunities for close working and collaboration with HDR UK’s Population Research UK initiative, which is looking at using the UK’s wealth of social and biomedical longitudinal population studies to understand the complex interplay between biological, social, economic and environmental determinants of health, social and economic outcomes.

This part-time role will provide leadership and strategic planning in the use of disease-based cohorts for cardiovascular research, to meet the wider objectives of the BHF Data Science Centre in improving cardiovascular health through the use of large-scale data and innovative analytical methods.

This post would suit a clinical or non-clinical research leader, with expertise in the design, operation and analysis of large population and/or disease-based cohorts as well as in relevant aspects of health data science (e.g., linked healthcare data, omics assays and analyses), who is already an established leader or well advanced on a career pathway towards a leadership position within this field.

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