Research Associate (Data Science) in The Department of Health at the University of Bath, UK


We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the Tobacco Control Research Group. You will have significant experience in data science, using digital methods to conduct research on big data. We are looking for someone with experience in research methods such as network analysis, data visualisation, text mining and analysis. Experience in using programming language using applications such as Python and R is essential.

The Team is looking to harness digital methods for exploring big data to answer important research questions on tobacco industry activity. This will involve collecting and analysing large data sets and writing up the findings for peer reviewed papers, blog pieces and webpages on our website. Experience in social science research would be a strong advantage. You will be expected to support the development of strategy and vision for large data analysis projects in the team involving data acquisition, processing and analysis.

You will also be expected to:

  • On occasion work as part of a rapid response team to provide quick turnaround, high impact, research pieces focusing on related ‘hot topics’ as they arise;
  • Contribute to a specialist week-long training course in tobacco industry monitoring and research and provide technical support to in-country partners and visiting fellows;
  • Contribute to the supervision of students working on placements within the research team and to the supervision of PhD students as appropriate.

You must be an excellent communicator, able to work flexibly, have a strong team work ethic, and be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced dynamic environment.

You will work closely with a complementary role developing and maintaining the software and systems to support the digital, data collection and analysis for the group. As such while training and support will be provided, experience in using programming languages such as Python or R is essential.

The project

The Stop Tobacco Organisations & Products (STOP) project is an innovative $15m project funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, aimed at developing a tobacco industry watchdog to deliver policy change. It is a partnership between the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, Thailand, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, and Vital Strategies, New York

For further details on the project please click here

No previous work for or with the tobacco industry and organisations or individuals financially linked to the tobacco industry. To avoid potential conflicts of interests and to ensure compliance with Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), you are therefore asked to declare any current or previous occupational activity with any tobacco company or those receiving financial contributions from the industry, whether gainful or not.

This position is fixed term until November 2021. This position whilst advertised as fixed term may become open ended.

Interviews will be held 16th – 25th January 2019.

For any informal enquiries about this position please contact

Further details:
The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Closing date Wednesday 02 January 2019

Reference SJ6324





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