NIHR BioResource recruiting new Head of Research Data and Technology

Does supporting world-class research studying disease mechanisms and investigating the links between genes, the environment, and health with the assistance of technology and data excite you? 

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We are recruiting a Head of Research Data & Technology who will ensure the development, execution and leadership of the Research Data and Technology strategy that is transformational in its ambition and underpins the delivery of the overall NIHR BioResource mandate. 

Discussing the new position, Dr Nathalie Kingston, NIHR BioResource Director said: 

“It’s a very exciting time to join the BioResource as we have recently received £24 million in funding for long-read sequencing on a significant number of participants, including those with rare diseases and mental health conditions.”  

“This role is responsible for delivering this flagship project; generating the pipeline as well as getting the data ready for research use. We also want this person’s input to develop and shape our secure data environment. Our goal is for shared functionality and a federated approach that enables collaboration with research partners, all with the aim of facilitating fast, effective and cutting-edge health research for the benefit of patients.”

The BioResource have recently added more centres for a total of 18 throughout England, launched a campaign to improve representation in health research from diverse ethnic groups, and created a new programme aimed at young people taking part in health research. Since 2007, BioResource volunteers have made critical contributions to translational research in rare diseases, mental health, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), among others. The projects they participate in directly impact health care and improve outcomes for patients (such as those with sickle cell disease and rare diseases). 

Dr Kingston added: 

“We are steadily building the BioResource to be an even more integral partner in the biomedical research community, and the Head of Research Data & Technology will be key to that endeavour."

To succeed in this role, you will need to have senior management experience in a relevant field, in a complex environment with a diverse range of technical and generalist stakeholders, as well as the ability to manage and develop large, professional teams. 

For more details and to apply, please visit Head of Research Data & Technology, NIHR BioResource for Translational Research - Job Opportunities - University of Cambridge.

The application is open through 7 June, 2023.  

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