Research Officer & Data Scientist

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Closing date: 24th June

Research Officer & Data Scientist, Swansea University

Swansea University has formed a team of leading Data Scientists to focus on key deliverables that benefit the health of the nation. This multidisciplinary team works in a fast moving, agile environment and is committed to demonstrating the value of data science to a range of technical and non-technical audiences. Working in the purpose built Data Science building on Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus; the post holder will participate in innovative research, engage with partners, demonstrate both practical application and strategic expertise, and prioritise efforts and expertise to gain the significant impact.

This post is an exciting opportunity for a data scientist/statistician to help inform urgent national policy decisions relating to COVID-19. The SAIL databank contains anonymised administrative and medical records for the population of Wales. This includes billions of primary care (general practice) records, millions of secondary care records (hospital admissions), and recently acquired COVID-19 specific datasets (e.g. testing, vaccination, mortality). Candidates will be utilising the SAIL databank and working alongside leading academics in population data science to create and analyse datasets relating to COVID-19.

Example projects already identified include:
1.     Characterisation of Long COVID using routine data.
2.     Evaluation of impact of vaccination and specific therapies on COVID outcomes.
3.     Impact of service changes in NHS on population outcomes in the short, medium and long term, particularly focusing on cancer treatments where there have been very considerable delays in all parts of the patient journey.”

The focus of the role would be to be part of a cross-sectoral team, working with the DPUK lead institution, University of Oxford, and many other of the consortium partners, to unlock the scientific potential of the cohort data held on the Data Portal, and to accelerate understanding of such data and the potential of linking such data to routine health records in order to improve the treatments and healthcare pathways for dementia and other neurological disorders.

For further information please contact Dr Joe Hollinghurst (

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