Research Associate in Geospatial Data Analysis
Imperial College London School of Public Health
United Kingdom

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) at Imperial College London. You will play a central role in advancing the field of geospatial data analysis within the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Environment & Health (CEH). You will contribute to the NIHR-funded project ‘The air quality health and economic costs and benefits of a zero carbon UK’. This project studies changes in air...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED03374
  • Date posted 7 September 2022
  • Closing date 9 October 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location Various locations
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £43,093 – £50,834 plus benefits
  • Department School of Public Health
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) at Imperial College London. You will play a central role in advancing the field of geospatial data analysis within the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Environment & Health (CEH).

You will contribute to the NIHR-funded project ‘The air quality health and economic costs and benefits of a zero carbon UK’. This project studies changes in air quality levels and associated health and economic benefits in 2030, 2040 and 2050 using a range of future climate policy scenarios to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050. Some policies may have significant social impacts and the role of the post will be to explore how policies will affect different parts of the population, for instance inner cities compared to rural locations, affluent versus deprived neighborhoods, and across different ethnic groups.

You will work closely with the SAHSU multidisciplinary team (epidemiologists, exposure scientists, statisticians, database and IT specialists, clinicians, public health professionals), and colleagues within the Environmental Research Group and data providers such as the Office for National Statistics. This post offers a unique opportunity to gain in-depth experience of using sophisticated GIS, exposure assessment and spatial analysis methods for environmental health research, with scope for developing your own research proposals.

Duties and responsibilities

You will play a leading role in identifying, collecting, linking and analysing geospatial data on environmental, demographic and socioeconomic factors to understand their impact on exposure and health inequalities. You will engage with the public and stakeholders via focus groups and workshops to understand the perception of the public and stakeholders on climate change policies and their sociodemographic impact.

You will analyse air quality data, routinely collected sociodemographic characteristics (such as those from the UK Census) and health data to explore exposure and health inequalities across different geographic regions and demographic groups, now and into the future. This includes the exploration on how information on ethnicity and socioeconomic deprivation can be predicted over the next few decades. 

Essential requirements

You should have a thorough knowledge and experience of using geographic information systems to map, model and analyse environmental, sociodemographic and health data and a good understanding of environmental exposure, epidemiological, and health inequality concepts. You should have experience in public and stakeholder engagement. You should be highly motivated and extremely organised with experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Further information

The post is full-time fixed term for 12 months from 1st October 2022 based at the St Mary’s Hospital Campus, Paddington.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.

For further information and advice on the application process contact Ms Eno Umoh (e.umoh@imperial.ac.uk); for a discussion on the project please contact Daniela Fecht (d.fecht@imperial.ac.uk).

Please apply online via the Careers website to submit an online application.

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