Research Associate (Data Science) - fixed term

Job title Research Associate (Data Science) - fixed term

Department Department for Health

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Thursday 10 June 2021

Closing date Sunday 27 June 2021

Interview date Tuesday 06 July 2021

Reference DD8226R

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We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the Tobacco Control Research Group. This individual 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 machine learning, 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. The post holder will support the development of strategy and vision for large data analysis projects in the team involving data acquisition, processing and analysis.


STOP is funded by $15m from Bloomberg Philanthropies, and is a tobacco industry watchdog that aims to deliver policy change. It is a partnership between TCRG, the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, Thailand, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, and Vital Strategies, New York. 

As such it brings together global leaders in tobacco industry monitoring and research, advocacy, accountability and communication. This unique combination ensures our research is widely and effectively communicated and has maximum impact.

TCRG leads the tobacco industry monitoring and research arm of the work. With a focus on low and middle income countries, it extends the scale, geographic reach and responsiveness of our previous research. 

Within the University of Bath, the STOP team is based within TCRG (currently homeworking) and includes staff from different faculties, departments and research centres.

This is a full-time, fixed term post with an expected end date of 31 May 2022.
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What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.