The Health Data Research UK-Turing Wellcome PhD Programme in Health Data Science is a national PhD programme involving seven partner UK universities. Its mission is to provide an innovative framework for doctoral training in health data science that seeks to develop the future leaders that will address our national research priorities. The PhD programme will recruit 8-10 outstanding students per year for five years between 2020-25 from a quantitative background with interests across data science methodology and its applications. The PhD programme forms part of HDR UK’s vision for Talent and Training is to bring together and train our community of 10,000 health data scientists to work with diverse health data safely and securely so they can transform lives.

We are seeking to appoint up to two part-time Associate Directors to provide leadership for the PhD programme with the Programme Director and in conjunction with academic representatives from our partner universities. We are particularly interested in Associate Directors who can provide expertise in either Artificial Intelligence (encompassing machine learning, computational statistics, etc) or the Biomedical and Clinical Sciences.

In addition to their role as Associate Director to the PhD programme, we would expect the successful applicant(s) to support the wider HDR UK training team with both subject matter expertise and contribution to the development of the strategy.

The role is likely to be attractive to mid-career to senior-level academics with a strong interest in developing high-quality, novel and innovative postgraduate research training programme. Early-career academics maybe considered if they can demonstrate evidence of substantive experience in the development of postgraduate research training. Candidates should display innovative and disruptive thinking and seek to experiment with new training and recruitment ideas and initiatives that will enable the programme to be at the forefront of PhD training. The candidate does not need to be based at the seven partner universities.

We recognise that the Health Data sector is not yet representative of the wider demographics of the UK. At HRDUK we are committed to improving this picture and we are working internally and externally to take action, for instance our Black Internship Programme. We particularly welcome applications from black and ethnic minorities, women and disabled people as we are underrepresented in this area.

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Application Process

Please note this is being run as a rolling recruitment process. We will be assessing applications, shortlisting and offering interviews as the applications are received. The job will close once a candidate has been appointed.

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