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Research Fellow – Medical Statistician (Statistical Methodology)

MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 23rd Jan 2022
  • Salary: £36,770 - £38,787 per annum
  • REF: 1881841
  • Closes: 22nd February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Join one of the countrys leading Clinical Trials Units

Do you like the challenge of analysing clinical trial datasets and want to become part of a fast-growing team that is dedicated to researching, developing and implementing efficient trial methodology to make a difference in patients lives?

Do you enjoy variety in your work and opportunities to apply and broaden your statistical knowledge across a number of therapeutic areas in oncology?

Would you like to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team and with like-minded statisticians, clinical investigators, translational analysts, bioinformaticians, and trial managers?

Applications are now open for an exciting Trial Statistician/Senior Trial Statistician position at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London.

The MRC Clinical Trials Unit is at the forefront of resolving internationally important questions, primarily in infectious diseases, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. A key goal is to deliver swifter and more effective translation of scientific research into patient and public health benefits. We do this by carrying out challenging and innovative studies and developing and implementing methodological advances in study design, conduct and analysis. The MRC CTU at UCL is a UKCRC registered trials unit.

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic medical statistician to play a central role in high-profile, clinical trials in Parkinsons Disease and/or individual participant data meta-analyses.

The successful candidate will be working within multi-disciplinary trial teams, as well as working as part of a wider group of statisticians, with opportunities for skills and career development, both in statistics and more broadly in research careers.

Duties of the role will include:

  • Help in the design of a novel multi-arm multi-stage phase III clinical trial in Parkinsons disease with a group of statistical and clinical experts.
  • Explore and exploit the data provided by a consortium of studies available in the Critical Path Parkinsons database to help inform the trial design.
  • Specifically, using the database, develop statistical models (primarily longitudinal) that provide insight on the distribution and evolution over time of the key outcome measures which are needed to design the trial.
  • Co-lead on writing abstracts and presentations for conferences, and papers for submission to medical journals, and dissemination of results.
  • Contribute to the development of the protocol and statistical analysis plan for a multi-arm multi-stage platform trial in Parkinsons.
  • Opportunities exist to participate in teaching and the statistical review of papers.

In carrying out the above duties, the appointee is expected to adhere to UCL policies including Financial Regulations. Any new appointee would also have the responsibility to carry out their duties in a resource efficient way and actively support UCLs Sustainability Strategy, policies and objectives within the remit of their role.

The successful candidate will work within the Unit in a post which is funded for two years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidates will have an enthusiastic approach, excellent communication skills, and proven ability to prioritise and work to deadlines. They should have a good understanding of statistical concepts and the principles of randomised controlled trials, and familiarity with one or more statistical packages.

Practical experience of statistical methods in analysing clinical trial data would be an advantage, as would experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams and preparing/presenting reports.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, the application process or to arrange an informal discussion regarding the post, please contact ICTM HR (ictm.hr@ucl.ac.uk) or Matthew Burnell (matthew.burnell@ctu.mrc.ac.uk).

Further information about the Institute is available via the MRC CTU at UCL website: https://www.ctu.mrc.ac.uk/

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

22 Feb 2022

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Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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