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Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA
£43,434 - £50,296 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
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This is a full time/fixed term opportunity for 2 years

Glasgow Caledonian University - the University for the Common Good - is a vibrant, values-led, multi-cultural University with a global outlook, dedicated to delivering social innovation. Our organisational strategy is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and our globally recognised researchers advise governments, industry and international bodies. We’re ranked fifth in the world and first in the UK for promoting gender equality, 69th globally for social impact, and the top modern university in Scotland for research power. In 2020-21, we contributed £1.7 billion and more than 14,000 jobs across the globe.

GCU is committed to widening participation, delivering positive outcomes for our students, and we’re Scotland’s leading provider of Graduate Apprenticeships. With campuses in Glasgow, London and New York, we have transnational partnerships around the world, supporting more than 22,000 students. Guided by our inspirational Chancellor, Dr Annie Lennox OBE, and guided by our values – integrity, responsibility, creativity and confidence - we transform the lives of the people and communities we serve.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary world-leading research group with a strong track record in delivering high impact research in the design and evaluation of public health interventions across areas of blood borne viruses, sexual health and substance use. We are looking for an experienced data scientist to support the delivery of a programme of quantitative research evaluating public health interventions to reduce infection and harms among  people who injects drugs (PWID) in Scotland. In collaboration with Public Health Scotland, researchers at GCU lead a programme of research and surveillance on the risk of infectious diseases (HIV, viral hepatitis) and associated harms among PWID. This involves a national bio-behavioural survey of PWID, known as the Needle Exchange Surveillance Initiative (NESI), and record-linkage studies involving people in contact with drugs and blood borne virus services. The successful candidate will play a key role in the statistical analysis of these survey and linked healthcare data to inform Scottish Government and other key stakeholders on strategies to eliminate hepatitis C infection and reduce drug related deaths in Scotland.

This role requires the following:

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, or related discipline
  • Excellent skills and demonstrable experience in epidemiological study design, implementation and analysis.
  • Highly developed statistical analysis skills, with working experience of large complex datasets and specialised statistical software (e.g. R, STATA).
  • Experience of writing scientific publications in high quality journals.
  • Evidence of the ability to collaborate actively within an institution as well as externally with peers, stakeholders and/or other relevant partners.
  • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills, with ability to adapt style to suit different individuals and situations.

And it would be desirable to have:

  • Experience of writing peer reviewed publications in the relevant subject area.
  • Knowledge of the literature on blood borne viruses and substance use.
  • Experience of working with the NHS to develop and operationalise research projects.



For more information or to discuss this post further, please contact either Prof Sharon Hutchinson ( ) or Dr Norah Palmateer ( ).

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.

The University holds the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver institution award, which recognises our significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality across different disciplines.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to disabled people. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants during the recruitment process.

The University also holds the Carer Positive ‘Engaged’ employer award, which recognises our commitment to supporting staff with caring responsibilities.

Glasgow Caledonian University are committed signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).

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