Jonathon Kram

Insight Research Analyst

jdkram.net
jdkram@gmail.com


Summary

Research analyst dedicated to improving the impact of scientific research.
Scientific research metadata expert with understanding of both the technicalities of the available data and its relevance to evidence-based decision making.
Insightful and enthusiastic learner dedicated to gaining new skills and developing old ones.


Experience

The Wellcome Trust Insight Research Analyst / IT Secondment April 2016 to present
Evaluating, testing and validating new sources of data to build a foundation for informed strategic decisions.
Data extraction, transformation, analysis and visualisation using Alteryx and Tableau to facilitate self-service analytics throughout the organisation.
External landscaping of funding through aggregation services and contact with other funders to contextualise Wellcome's strategy in Africa.
Internal landscaping using organisational data repositories and communication with relevant departments for strategic reviews of all Wellcome activities. Using the results of these investigations to build a rich picture of Wellcome's current funding portfolio and its indirect impact on science and health.

The Wellcome Trust Research Assistant / Evaluation Officer February 2014–March 2016
Developed code to use APIs and scrape websites in Ruby to source data on scientific publications, research grants and other research outputs, eliminating the need for costly external data providers. My ability to rapidly make these data available to the team enhanced the scope of the primary portfolio analyses in 2016.
Synthesised disjoint datasets to produce cohesive, holistic, and evidence-based insights for reports and reviews.
Regularly reported and disseminated research, providing context and intelligence to create narratives appropriate to key stakeholders.
Analysed longitudinal surveys to inform Wellcome's career funding schemes.
Performed unstructured text analyses using natural language processing and clustering to gain insights from qualitative data.
Kept up-to-date with and communicated developments in the research information landscape.

Leica Microsystems Project Research Assistant (Innovations) June–October 2012
Researched and proposed new methods and devices for detecting cancer.
Filtered, summarised and analysed research in cancer detection methods via primary and secondary research.
Landscaped intellectual property and possible patent infringements.
Created technical summaries of complex technology proposals for both management and domain specialists.
Automated core team tasks using Visual Basic macros to substantially reduce error-prone and time-consuming labour.

ImmunoDiagnosticSystems Ltd. R&D Lab Technician July–September 2009, 2010
Developed medical assays for markers of bone disease and related conditions.
Designed and ran experiments to improve a medical test for parathyroid hormone, improving its accuracy and sensitivity.
Automated lab-wide data management via standardised Excel spreadsheets and scripts.
Accurately and methodically logged all experimental procedures, adhering to FDA regulations regarding transparency and traceability.


Projects


Education

B.A. in Natural Sciences (Physical) University of Cambridge 2009 to 2013
Part IA Computer Science, Materials & Minerals, Mathematics, Physics
Part IB History and Philosophy of Science, Materials Science, Minerals Science
Part II History and Philosophy of Science (HPS)
Primarily based in the physical sciences, I specialised first in materials science, becoming adept at uniting theoretical and experimental skills in order to further my knowledge. The philosophical section of my degree arose from my interest in both the abstract principles of knowledge and the social context of science. The support I received in the HPS department helped develop my ability to deconstruct complex concepts and clearly build my own.

A-levels Gosforth High School 2007–2009
A-levels: Biology (A), Mathematics (A), Physics (A)
AS-levels: Biology (A), English Literature (A), Mathematics (A), Physics (A), Critical Thinking (B)