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Research Assistant/Associate/Senior Res Associate

Faculty of Medical Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Overview

  • Posted on: 02nd Nov 2021
  • Salary: £28,756 - £50,296 per annum
  • REF: 11921
  • Closes: 24th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary:

Research Assistant £28,756 – £30,497 per annum

Research Associate: £31,406 – £40,927 per annum

Senior Research Associate £42,149 – £50,296 per annum

Closing Date: 24November 2021

The Role

Newcastle University’s Biostatistics Research Group (BRG) is a dynamic group of applied and methodological biostatisticians who work together to develop and implement state-of-the-art statistical methods in health research. The BRG is part of the Population Health Sciences Institute. The Institute hosts several groups of methodologists, along with a National Institute for Health Research Design Service. The BRG works closely with Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit, a UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit as well as with several UK and international institutions. We have over 30 ongoing trials in our portfolio. At all levels of appointment there will be opportunities to be involved in the design and conduct of future clinical trials and research. Training will be provided depending upon experience and we actively encourage and support career development.

As a Research Assistant (Assistant Clinical Trials Statistician) you will work on several clinical trials within our portfolio under the supervision of a more experienced colleague. You will work as part of a team ensuring the trials are conducted and analysed to the highest standards, applying appropriate methods to improve the design, conduct and analysis of trials.

As a Research Associate (Clinical Trials Statistician) you will collaborate on several clinical trials within our portfolio, ensuring the trials are conducted and analysed to the highest standards, applying innovative methods to improve the design, conduct and analysis of trials. .

As a Senior Research Associate (Senior Clinical Trials Statistician) you will lead the statistical aspects of several clinical trials within our portfolio, ensuring the trials are conducted and analysed to the highest standards. The role involves providing advice to clinical investigators in the development of new grant applications as a specialist statistical advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service. As well as working on existing trials, you will be involved in developing future clinical trials as a co-applicant in research grants and in applying innovative methods to improve the design, conduct and analysis of trials.

Applications for part time/flexible working are welcome; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.

Further information on the BRG and its research is available at www.newcastle-biostatistics.com.

This is a full time, fixed term post available for the duration of 3 years.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Dawn Teare (dawn.teare@newcastle.ac.uk)

Senior Research Associate (Senior Clinical Trials Statistician)

Key Accountabilities
• Collaborate as a co-investigator on clinical trials research proposals and funding bids for prestigious funders (e.g. NIHR, MRC, Wellcome, ESRC, EPSRC)
• Independently provide statistical expertise to investigators in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials
• Act as a Research Design Service (RDS) specialist advisor in biostatistics
• Plan, lead and collaborate in the delivery of high-quality applied health and clinical research
• Apply new developments in statistical methodology to ongoing clinical studies
• Ensure high-quality research is carried out within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and complying with relevant regulatory requirements
• Monitor workload and supervise/train less experienced colleagues working across several projects
• Publish research findings in peer reviewed journals
• Present findings at conferences nationally and internationally
• Identify and undertake a programme of professional development, including further training in research methods and other transferable skills
• Contribute to the activities of the Biostatistics Research Group (BRG), and relevant Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) research themes
• Contribute to teaching of statistics and research design to applied health researchers in the Institute and FMS postgraduate and undergraduate courses as appropriate
• Carry out administrative tasks and other duties to support the BRG as required by the Head of Group

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Considerable experience as a trial statistician on registered clinical trials
• Experience of preparing research proposals for submission to competitive funding organisations (e.g. NIHR, research councils)
• Familiarity and working knowledge of Good Clinical Practice and clinical trial regulations
• Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research project team
• Ability to prioritise and carry out high-quality research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones
• Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to maintain confidentiality
• Ability to prepare and present findings at national and international conferences and meetings
• Record of publication in high quality peer reviewed journals
• Evidence of skills in application of suitable biostatistical methods
• Evidence of skills in using relevant statistical programming and data analysis packages (preferably R or Stata)
Desirable
• Experience of conducting high quality research within an academic or trials research unit environment
• Experience as the trial statistician on a CTIMP.
• Experience in advising other researchers in the design of research proposals (e.g. NIHR RDS)
• Experience of research on methodological aspects of applied health research
• Experience of supervising less experienced staff
• Experience of supervising postgraduate students
• Teaching experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level in an academic setting

Qualifications

• An MSc or PhD with a substantial statistical component subject, or equivalent experience
Desirable
• PhD with substantial statistics component

Research Associate (Clinical Trial Statistician)

Key Accountabilities
• To provide statistical expertise and advice to investigators in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials
• To determine the appropriate statistical methods for use in clinical research and write statistical analysis plans, under the mentorship of more senior statistical colleagues
• To undertake statistical analyses and prepare reports for trial management group and oversight committees
• To comply with relevant regulatory requirements
• To liaise with project groups to provide statistical input to the preparation of papers for publication, or for presentation at conferences
• To contribute to the teaching of statistics and research design to applied health researchers within the Institute/Faculty and assist in the supervision of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students as appropriate
• To undertake suitable activities to ensure their own professional development
• To carry out high-quality research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones
• To contribute to the preparation and review of statistical standard operating procedures
• To contribute to the activities of the BRG and PHSI.
• To carry out other duties to support the BRG as required by the Head of Group

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Ability to work independently and as part of a research project team
• Ability to prioritise and carry out research project work within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones
• Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to maintain confidentiality
• Ability to prepare and present findings at national and international conferences and meetings
• Ability to write high quality peer reviewed publications
• Evidence of skills in application and/or development of statistical methods
• Evidence of skills in using relevant statistical programming and data analysis packages
Desirable
• Experience of working as a statistician within a health research setting
• Experience as a trial statistician on registered clinical trials
• Familiarity with and working knowledge of the Good Clinical Practice and clinical trial regulations.
• Experience of contributing to successful applications for national/international peer reviewed research funding
• Experience of teaching
• Experience in the design and analysis of research projects
• Evidence of completed research and published papers in peer-reviewed journals

Qualifications
• An MSc or PhD with a substantial statistical component subject, or equivalent experience
Desirable
• PhD with substantial statistics component

Research Assistant (Assistant Clinical Trial Statistician)

Key Accountabilities

• To provide statistical expertise and support to investigators in the design, conduct and analysis of research projects and clinical trials
• To undertake analysis of research data and provide interpretation of results from on-going projects under the supervision of a more experienced colleague
• To prepare reports for trial management group and oversight committees
• To draft and develop statistical analysis plans
• To comply with relevant regulatory requirements
• To undertake appropriate continuing professional development in order to develop and maintain competence in, the best available statistical methods.
• To disseminate research findings by writing up findings for publication
• To contribute to the teaching of biostatistics within the Institute/Faculty as appropriate

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience – Essential
• Postgraduate degree in statistics or numerate subject
• An up to date knowledge of current statistical techniques
• Knowledge of one or more statistical analysis packages (STATA, SPSS, SAS, R)
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with others, but also to work independently
• Demonstrable ability to work effectively Experience as of working as part of a team

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Experience – Desirable
• MSc in with substantial Medical Statistics content
• Experience of applying statistics in a research setting
• Ability to write on statistical matters for publication in peer reviewed journals
• Experience of providing statistical support for academics and other researchers

Applicants without a PhD would have the opportunity and support to undertake and complete a PhD within the timelines specified by the university’s PhD regulations.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

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