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Lecturer (Biostatistics)

Requisition ID:  1350

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date: 


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: £41,526.00 - £44,045.00 

Closing Date: 5 February 2020


The Role


You will be an ambitious, collaborative, team-player who will lead statistical aspects of a variety of medical research projects led in the faculty. You will have experience in the field of biostatistics and have an impressive set of publications from your postdoctoral work. You will demonstrate great potential for research excellence in the design and analysis of pre-clinical or clinical research studies, including the application of state of the art methods of medical research. You will also have some experience with teaching statistics to non-statisticians and lead the provision of statistical advice to students enrolled in the Masters of Clinical Science.


You may be interested in improving the quality of pre-clinical research studies or may have an area of biostatistics methodology research that you are interested in developing (both areas which the BRG is particularly looking to continue growing in). You will show potential to take the lead in some areas through managing, leading and inspiring junior colleagues. You will be interested in developing an independent area of research and playing a role in developing the international reputation of the group.


You will be a senior member of the Biostatistics Research Group and will play an active role in expanding the group through a range of mechanisms.


You will collaborate on new and existing medical research projects led by teams within and beyond the Faculty, being fully involved in the design, funding, conduct and analysis of the work. Generally, this will involve oversight of a junior colleague.


The BRG provides statistical expertise to a large portfolio of ongoing clinical trials and observational studies, working closely with the Newcastle Clinical trials Unit and the local NIHR Research Design Service. The group has significant strengths in both applied and methodological medical research. We are now seeking to expand our focus on improving the statistical design and analysis of pre-clinical studies. Although this is not essential to this post, candidates who have methodological research interests or interest and/or experience relevant to preclinical or laboratory-based studies are particularly encouraged.


The BRG also provides statistical teaching for the faculty. This post would be expected to provide statistical teaching and lead the provision of advice (in collaboration with other BRG members) to students enrolled on the Masters of Clinical Science (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/clinical-science-msc/#profile)


This position is based in the Population Health Sciences Institute within Newcastle’s internationally-renowned Faculty of Medical Sciences.  The Institute comprises a vibrant multidisciplinary academic community with researchers from a diverse range of disciplines and specialisms. We work alongside colleagues and partners from the wider health, care and voluntary sectors as well as the public to improve health and care and reduce health inequalities. 


This is a full-time post located at Newcastle University but some travel, including international, may be required.


Informal enquiries for the vacancy, please contact James Wason, james.wason@ncl.ac.uk


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.


Key Accountabilities



  • Conduct biostatistical and clinical research both independently and within research teams, including applying innovative statistical methodology, where appropriate.
  • Consistently publish clinical research in peer reviewed publications likely to be rated at a 3* or 4* level in the Research Excellence Framework.
  • Disseminate research findings through national and international conferences and other venues.
  • Attract funding for research from a range of peer reviewed external sources.
  • Contribute towards the development and running of cutting-edge research projects.



  • Lead the statistical provision for the MSc in Clinical Science programme.
  • Supervise postgraduate students (e.g. PhD, MD, Master’s).
  • Meet, as needed, with students for pastoral support and guidance.



  • To strengthen the BRG’s national and international profile through forming collaborations and presenting work at conferences.
  • To seek opportunities to further develop an independent area of research in the BRG.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience



  • A substantial (relative to career length) track record of publication in leading peer reviewed journals.
  • High level of understanding of statistical design and analysis of pre-clinical or clinical research studies.
  • Experience in preparing research proposals and applying for research funding.
  • Experience of teaching statistics in an accessible way.
  • Experience of supervision of postgraduate students.
  • Experience in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams to successfully deliver research projects.


  • Ability to develop and deliver innovative approaches to design and analysis of pre-clinical or clinical research studies
  • Ability to develop and deliver innovative approaches to design and analysis of pre-clinical or clinical research studies





  • Formal postgraduate qualification in statistics (e.g. MSc or PhD in Medical Statistics)
  • A PhD in a relevant discipline (or equivalent research based expertise)



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff 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.


Requisition ID: 1350