The Surgical Informatics Group ( is based within The Centre for Medical Informatics and part of University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics. The group uses state of the art data collection tools and analysis techniques to conduct cutting edge health informatics research aimed at improving outcomes for surgical patients. This post offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to innovative research at the interface between data science and medical research.

The successful candidate will contribute to the scientific development and management of a number of research projects at the local, national and international level, for example, developing novel data management strategies for the GlobalSurg Collaborative (

Essential knowledge, skills and experience needed for the job:

• Applicants should be educated to a degree level in a science subject
• A high level of level of computer fluency is essential, as is the ability and willingness to quickly become familiar with new applications when required.
• Experience with the computer terminal, console, command line or shell.
• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) together with a proactive attitude to problem solving.

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience needed for the job:

• Experience of programming and/or scripting (particularly R or Python) together with a proven track record of project management and previous work place experience of data and database management in the research setting would be beneficial.
• Experience with web design applications such as WordPress and/or Bootstrap
• Biomedical knowledge together with knowledge of data governance regulations and practises, including Caldicott Guardian Principles and Medical Ethics Regulations would be beneficial, but full training and support will be provided in these areas.

The post is full time (35 hours per week), with a flexible start date and is fixed term until 31st March 2021.

More information and application process:

Research Assistant in Surgical Informatics – The Centre for Medical Informatics, part of University of Edinburgh User Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics


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