Health Data Scientist

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Closing date: 1st December


Health Data Scientist

Health Data Research UK

Post:  Health Data Scientist (based within HDR UK)

Location: Flexible. Primary base could be anywhere in the UK, but may be required to travel to London, Birmingham or Liverpool in connection with the role

Duration: 6 months (secondments welcome)

Reporting to: Professor Cathie Sudlow, BHF Data Science Centre/Dr Sophie Williams, Barts Health NHS Trust

About Health Data Research UK

Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) is the UK’s national institute for health data science. Our mission is to unite the UK’s health data to enable discoveries that improve people’s lives. Our vision is that every heath and care interaction and research endeavour will be enhanced by access to large scale data and advanced analytics.

About the BHF Data Science Centre

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Science Centre, is building on a £10m initial investment from the BHF to deliver the data and data science needed to address some of the most pressing challenges in heart and circulatory health research. For more information please see our brochure.

The centre works in partnership with patients, the public, NHS, researchers and clinicians to promote the safe, ethical and scientifically robust use of data for research into the causes, prevention and treatment of all diseases of the heart and circulation (including, for example, heart attacks, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders, stroke, peripheral vascular disease and vascular dementia). 

Purpose of the post 

The post holder will support cross regional data analysis for a project which is enabling regional, acute hospital admissions data to support vaccine safety research. To enable surveillance and research on the COVID-19 vaccination programme and other rare events there is a critical need for rapid, near real time and more granular acute care admissions data.

This data is needed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccination programme and answer key questions of clinical, regulatory and policy importance, including the incidence of rare adverse events such as vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT). Current national data feeds are compromised by being dated, incomplete or lacking sufficient diagnostic coding granularity. 

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Knowledge of commonly used terminologies in health data (e.g. ICD-10, SNOMED CT) and existing phenotyping algorithms, such as those developed by CALIBER.
  • Advanced skills in at least one statistical software package (e.g. R).
  • Understanding of information governance, privacy and security issues with using NHS health records.
  • Experience of using Git and fundamental concepts in source code revision
  • Scripting skills and experience in writing code for re-use in at least one programming language (e.g. SQL, Python).
  • Good first degree and/or higher degree or equivalent experience in one of the following subjects: bioinformatics, biostatistics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, data science, informatics, epidemiology.


  • This is a full-time role. Travel in the UK may be required to partner organisations.
  • HDR UK is a national institute, and our activities take place across the UK.

Secondment Information 

  • Written support of your employer (an institutional supporting letter will be required for the application).
  • Have a contract of employment that extends up to 2024 or beyond. 

Application Process

The closing date for this vacancy is Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 5PM.

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