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Research Assistant/Associate in Medical Statistics

Requisition ID:  5306

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
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: £28,331.00 - £44,045.00 

Closing Date: 9 November 2020

The Role 


You will be based in the Translational and Clinical Research Institute with Professor Avan Aihie Sayer, Director of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre and Professor of Geriatric Medicine. The post will involve becoming a key member of the AGE Research Group and working on an exciting range of interdisciplinary research studies. A focus is on research into people living with multiple long-term conditions, also known as multimorbidity. These studies involve both primary data collection (with requirement for rigorous data management) and secondary analyses of existing large UK and international datasets. You will work with Chief Investigators, researchers, data managers, academics, clinicians, database providers and others as appropriate.

As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles. These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


Key accountabilities 

•    To discuss research questions, including those with a clinical focus, with other members of the research group and to formulate suitable analysis plans.
•    To carry out analyses using a range of statistical software and to produce clearly formatted reports for other members of the group.
•    To provide advice and support to other members of the group who are carrying out their own statistical analyses.
•    To contribute of relevant sections of research papers (typically the methods and results) including text, figures and tables of a standard suitable for publication.
•    To provide input to funding applications for new studies, such as sample size calculations.
•    To work with the group’s Data Manager to ensure primary data is collected and derived variables are produced in a timely fashion.
•    To liaise with the group’s collaborators regarding data and analyses.


The Person 


Knowledge, skills and experience 
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
•    Ability to prioritise tasks within an agreed work schedule
•    Proven ability to perform complex statistical analysis of large datasets using a variety of statistical software packages
•    Ability to analyse and interpret complex data and communicate the results effectively to statisticians and non- statisticians
•    Excellent oral and written communications skills
•    Strong critical thinking skills
•    Excellent problem-solving abilities
•    Technical and analytical interpretation of scientific data
•    Strong computing skills
•    Experience of using major statistical packages (STATA, SPSS, MLwin, R)
•    Evidence of high level organisational, communication and analytical skills (e.g. academic publications, writing for a lay
•    audience, conference presentations)
•    Evidence of scientific writing and analytical skills
•    Evidence of high level organisational, communication and analytical skills (e.g. academic publications, writing for a lay
•    audience, conference presentations)
•    Experience of carrying out research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard


•    Experience of research into multiple long-term conditions and other clinical research
•    Excellent information technology and computing skills
•    Experience in the preparation of proposals for research funding
•    Experience in a medical statistics setting
•    Experience of statistical analysis of health data
•    Experience of data management
•    Experience of using database software and managing data
•    Experience working in a multidisciplinary setting
•    Interest in epidemiology and epidemiological methods
•    Experience of systematic reviews and meta-analysis
•    Experience in the design and analysis of research projects


•    Ability to work independently
•    Well organised, with excellent time management
•    Motivated and enthusiastic
•    Innovative and flexible in approach
•    Strong team-working ethos
•    Ability and willingness to travel locally, within UK and internationally for meetings and conferences
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
•    Ability to work flexibly
•    Enthusiasm to keep abreast of relevant methodological
•    developments



•    Degree (1st/2:1) in relevant numerical subject. 
•    An MSc in medical statistics or a closely related subject (Research Assistant) or a PhD in statistics or epidemiology (Research Associate).


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.


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.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Requisition ID: 5306