Precision Medicine at Queen Mary University of London

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Ranked in the top 10 in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research-intensive higher education institutions, delivering world class education and knowledge transfer across a wide range of subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine & Dentistry, and Science & Engineering.

The School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) at Queen Mary is internationally recognised for its research and is ranked in the top 10 of medical schools in the UK. Research at SMD spans basic, clinical and population health sciences enabling research and innovation collaborations across multiple disease areas. The SMD comprises seven Research Institutes, including the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Barts Centre and the newly established Institute of Population Health Sciences.

CRUK Barts Centre is part of a nationwide network of 15 Cancer Research UK Centres and a key partner in the major CRUK City of London Centre. The Centre's vision is to focus on the application and translation of our research to the clinic, whilst continuing to conduct cutting edge, fundamental research to understand the mechanisms as well as the epidemiology, screening and prevention of cancer.

The Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS) brings together academics with world-leading programmes in population health sciences, spanning public and global health, health data sciences, health services research, health policy, genomics, and behavioural and social sciences. The Centre for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Data Science is one of the largest Centres at IPHS with an international reputation for its use of real-world electronic health record data to deliver evidence to implement health system change for patient and population benefit.

Both Institutes are members of Health Data Research UK and the Alan Turing Institute. IPHS hosts a new Wellcome Trust funded PhD Programme – Health Data in Practice – in collaboration with Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences.

New initiative in precision medicine and population health research

As members of Barts Life Sciences (BLS) - a partnership between Queen Mary and Barts Health NHS Trust - Professors Claude Chelala (CRUK Barts Centre) and Carol Dezateux (IPHS) are – with the generous support of Barts Charity – leading a new initiative to embed computer sciences at a senior level within Queen Mary's SMD to catalyse innovative precision medicine and population health research. We are recruiting three new professors in computer health sciences who will – with the generous package of support available - together deliver innovative and collaborative research programmes leveraging our exceptional expertise in, and access to, deep biological data derived from tissue samples and imaging, and rich phenotypic data from electronic patient records across east London.

It is an exciting opportunity to join this initiative and realise the full research potential of this multi-dimensional patient data for patient and public benefit. We are particularly keen to recruit non-clinical Professors and other Senior Faculty (equivalent to Associate Professor level) with research expertise in the following areas:

  • Actionable Health Analytics
  • Text Analytics
  • Digital Pathology

These are tenured Professorial appointments, each initially supported for five years by Barts Charity, and including a competitive personal salary, funding for a Lecturer, an informatician / health data scientist, and PhD student.

Expressions of interest, including your CV and a brief outline of future research plans, should be sent to Professors Carol Dezateux ( and Claude Chelala ( We encourage interested applicants to contact us by 5 pm 30th November 2020.

We are committed to increase the number of female scientists at this level and encourage female applicants to apply.