Director of Data Science and Informatics (DDSI)


UK Dementia Research Institute


London, England, United Kingdom


To apply please send the following supporting documents to Laura Allum, UK DRI Head of HR, at by 30 June 2021:

  • A current CV.
  • A letter of interest addressed to the UK DRI Director outlining your motivation for applying to the role, your vision for a UK DRI-wide data science and informatics program, and the personal qualities that would enable you to be successful in post.
  • A five-year personal research proposal outlining the research that you would undertake in your capacity as an independent investigator (maximum five pages including any references and other material).

For an informal conversation regarding the role please contact Dr Adrian Ivinson, UK DRI Director (Operations),

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please direct these to Laura Allum, UK DRI Head of HR,  


The UK Dementia Research Institute is seeking a world-renowned, visionary director of data science and informatics to develop and deliver a progressive data science and informatics strategy. It is advertising this opportunity across its six host universities, with the appropriate university base for the successful applicant to be determined during the selection process.

There are two parallel aspects to this position. The director will set out and implement an institute-wide strategy for biomedical data science and informatics at the UK DRI as well as develop and run his or her own world-class data science-based research program related to neurodegeneration and dementia.

The director will provide visionary leadership, sitting on the UK DRI Scientific Strategy and Operational Board and working closely with its group leaders to develop a strategy that is aligned with the Institute’s scientific mission and positions the UK DRI as an international centre of excellence for data science and informatics in neurodegenerative disease research. As a UK DRI group leader, the director will also develop and direct her or his own in silico research program in applying novel, cross-cutting approaches (including data science, informatics and/or computational modelling) to neurodegenerative disease research.

In addition to catalysing collaborations within the UK DRI, the director will develop and shape strategic partnerships with academia, government, charities and industry, particularly those with established strengths in data science and informatics, to build the UK DRI’s national and international profile in this area.


A proven track record as an internationally recognised researcher in biomedical data science/informatics research with commensurate publications.

The ability to inspire and influence the wider scientific community, sharing interdisciplinary expertise across computer science, statistics, biomedical, clinical and public health spectrum, is essential to this role. The director will have a deep understanding of the diverse fields from bioinformatics to clinical informatics and be able to build effective partnerships with a range of stakeholders including owners/controllers of data, academia, government, charities and industry.

For further details of the UK DRI’s data science ambition and the institute's landscape, please refer to the Data Science and Informatics at the UK DRI summary. For further details relating to the role please refer to the job description and person specification.