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Research Fellow

Astronomy Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 1 year
Closing Date:  Saturday 07 December 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1199719WF

The core objective of the work will be to validate cutting-edge, blood pressure measurement models against published data (from both clinical trials and observational cohorts) and real-world patient journeys from the St Thomas’ Hospital Hypertension Clinic. The research associate will closely work with St Thomas’ Hospital to conduct “in silico” clinical trials, which aim to improve the proportion of hypertensive individuals achieving the desired blood pressure target with the minimal burden on both patient and healthcare system. The Southampton Astronomy group and St Thomas’ Hospital are developing tailored Bayesian/Monte Carlo ``smart’’ blood pressure management algorithms that combine patient-specific factors (for example starting blood pressure, sex, age and weight) with drug efficacy and measurement error, to predict the probability of an individual achieving blood pressure control for a given approach. The project is designed to fit in very well with the University of Southampton’s distinctive interdisciplinary research and enterprise primary goal to “generate research and technologies that give real economic and social benefits”.  You will be working in collaboration with the Astronomy group at the University of Southampton and ST Thomas' Hospital at King's College London.

To be successful, you will need to have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in medical science and experience in bio-statistics or data science with some background knowledge of statistical and mathematical modelling and with proven problem-solving and time-management skills. 

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.   Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given. 

The position is funded by the Alan Turing Institute. This fixed-term position is available for up to twelve months from 1st January 2020. 

For informal enquires please contact Dr Francesco Shankar (

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 1199719WF on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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