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Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics

Requisition ID:  1348

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: £51,034 - £54,131 

Closing Date: 5 February 2020

The Role


This position is based in the Population Health Sciences Institute, one of three new Research Institutes in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. It 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. 


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 significant experience in the field of biostatistics and demonstrate 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 be a great teacher of statistics to non-statisticians and lead the Health Statistics module in the Masters of Public Health.


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 have the ability to take the lead in some areas through managing, leading and inspiring junior colleagues. You will be interested in playing a strategic role in the growth of the group, both in numbers and international reputation.


You will provide statistical leadership in the delivery of high-quality medical research and teaching as a senior member of the Biostatistics Research Group (BRG, https://research.ncl.ac.uk/ihsbiostats/), and will seek opportunities to expand and develop 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 has a responsibility to provide statistical teaching for the faculty. You will be expected to contribute to the group’s teaching by leading and delivering the health statistics module in the Masters of Public Health (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/modules/HSC8036).


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


For further information and an informal discussion, please contact James.Wason@ncl.ac.uk.


Key Accountabilities


The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include the following:



Contribute to the leadership of the BRG, a team of biostatisticians that provide the statistical expertise to the Faculty of Medical Sciences’ clinical research, Newcastle CTU and the NIHR RDS.

Conduct biostatistical and clinical research both independently and within research teams, including applying and potentially developing innovative statistical methodology, where appropriate.

Consistently publish clinical research in peer reviewed publications at a 3* level, with significant contribution at the 4*.

Disseminate research findings through national and international conferences and other avenues.

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 MPH Health Statistics module, or one of similar size. This will include being responsible for curriculum review, teaching and assessment.

Supervise postgraduate students (e.g. PhD, MD, Masters)

Meet, as needed, with students for pastoral support and guidance.



To contribute to the strategic development and operationalisation of statistics in the Institute and Faculty.

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


Qualifications (Essential)

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


Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential)

  • A substantial 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 to completion.
  • Experience of successful management, supervision and mentoring of junior colleagues.
  • Experience in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams to successfully deliver research projects.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Desirable)

  • Experience in statistical methodology research (published in high ranking applied or statistics methodology journals).
  • Ability to develop and deliver innovative approaches to design and analysis of pre-clinical or clinical research studies.


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: 1348