Research Associate in Ageing Research

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Closing date: 7th June

Research Associate in Ageing Research

King’s College London – Health Service and Population Research

Job description

This post provides an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Research Assistant/ Associate to work on an exciting project to generate new evidence on the epidemiology of Parkinson’s Disease in Latin America.

PINNACLE (The Epidemiology Of ParkINson In LatiN AmeriCa: Learning From UndEr-represented Populations) is a project founded by the Michael J Fox Foundation to determine parkinsonism and Parkinson’s Disease (PD) prevalence, incidence, correlates and impact in six Latin American countries (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, Venezuela) and to also explore the main cognitive and neuro-psychiatric features of Parkinson’s Disease. As part of the project they also aim to start a discourse with different stakeholders to better understand future research priorities for PD in the Latin American region. This component will be carried out in collaboration with the Alianza Iboeroamericana de Parkinson. Most of the work will be carried out using data from the 10/66 Dementia Research Group studies.

The successful post-holder will develop protocols for data analyses in discussion with the PIs of the project, carry out data analyses and draft manuscripts for publications. They will also liaise with the PINNACLE PIs, 10/66 PIs and other stakeholders. Finally, they will work in collaboration with the Alianza Iberoamericana de Parkinson to develop a survey to capture research priorities in the region.

The successful post-holder will be a quantitative researcher (epidemiologist or statistician) and will have experience of conducting health research, including working with large datasets, complex modelling, and longitudinal analyses. They will possess the skills to ensure the successful planning and execution of the project. They will have excellent communication and presentation skills. Applications from candidates who have experience of conducting epidemiological research on older adults, people with Parkinsons or with cognitive problems would be welcome. An understanding of the Spanish language would be an asset, but this is not a firm requirement.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract at least until January 2024

This is a full-time post

Key responsibilities

  • Data management and cleaning
  • Epidemiological data analysis
  • Preparation of study reports study reports, presentations, academic publications and updates for the study team and the funder
  • Liaising with the different stakeholders involved in the project
  • Supporting senior members of the team and the Lead Investigator to deliver the outputs of the project within the agreed project schedule
  • Attending and contributing to study meetings, including presenting information on research progress
  • Demonstrating excellent communication skills and communication channels with study sites and research colleagues (including collaborators)
  • Demonstrating initiative and autonomy in the management of day-to-day tasks and ongoing workloads, to ensure they are prioritised and completed within agreed timeframes
  • Anticipating and managing problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Contributing to the management of information with full awareness of needs for confidentiality and data protection
  • Demonstrating clear attention to detail and an organised and accurate approach to recording, storing and managing the data acquired
  • Working on future grant applications related to the topic

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