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Research Associate – Medical Statistics

Department of Population Health Sciences

London, Guy's Campus


  • Posted on: 03rd Feb 2021
  • Salary: £38,304 to £45,026 per annum, inclusive of £3,500 per annum London Allowance.
  • REF: 014966
  • Closes: 24th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

The role will be based in the School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences and the post holder will be members of its statistics group, the Unit for Medical Statistics (UMS).

The main duties of the postholder will be to take day-to-day responsibility for the statistical aspects of specific studies such as clinical trials and/or other clinical studies and registry projects (epidemiological studies). This will include project planning and protocol development, study conduct, plans for all statistical analyses and liaising with the appropriate multidisciplinary teams to represent the statistics view and role. In addition, the postholder will contribute to statistical consultancy as part of UMS. All work will be supervised by a senior member of UMS.

The postholder will be a medical statistician with a strong interest in clinical trials and epidemiological studies. They will have a PhD in medical statistics and experience of conducting collaborative health research.

The postholder will be a member of the UMS and will be the study statistician for some of our wide portfolio of trials, clinical studies and registries.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 2 years.

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

• With senior statistical oversight: to take responsibility for the statistics of a number of studies. This will include some or all of: contributing to design, data form design, writing statistical analysis plans, undertaking statistical analyses, writing reports and papers, solving statistical problems that may arise, with support from senior colleagues.

• Contribute to the development and/or dissemination of sound methodology appropriate to the group’s portfolio of studies.

• Contribute to the writing of grant applications to generate income and where appropriate, take responsibility for the writing and publication of high-quality papers in peer-reviewed literature both nationally and internationally.

• To contribute to the UMS statistical consultancy service across King’s, with appropriate training and support, as needed.

• Communicate statistical information clearly to non-statistical colleagues and students both orally and in writing.

• Contribute to study reports and publications, and proposals and applications to external bodies for funding purposes as appropriate.

• Liaise with colleagues within and external to King’s and build networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration.

• Plan and execute study design and conduct including data handling and data analyses for specific clinical studies in collaboration with senior colleagues.

• Identify and solve specific statistical and methodological problems that arise in collaboration with senior statistical colleagues.

• Work with clinical and non-clinical colleagues in all relevant settings.

• Attend and contribute to relevant meetings.

• A commitment to enhancing Equality & Diversity, as well as a commitment to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter are essential.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

• PhD in applied statistics or equivalent industry experience

• Sound understanding of design and conduct of trials, registers and other clinical studies

• Knowledge and practical application of various statistical packages such as Stata, R

• Ability to adapt or develop statistical methodology to specific research studies

• Able to verbally communicate highly complex and sensitive information effectively

• Experience in designing or analysing clinical research data

• Publications record including conferences presentations

• Advisory or consultancy experience

• Experience of teaching statistics to non-statisticians

• Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias.

Desirable criteria

• Developing statistical methodology within research studies

*Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

Further information

Candidates are strongly encouraged to specifically address the essential criteria outlined in the Person Specification in their covering letter.

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