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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate

Requisition ID:  1257
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  25-Nov-2019

 

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 Associate £30,942 - £32,817 (with progression to £40,322), Senior Research Associate £41,526 - £44,045 (with progression to £49,533)

Closing Date: 6 January 2020

 

An opportunity is available for a statistician to work with Professor James Wason in Newcastle University’s Biostatistics Research Group. This position will involve working on a mix of methodological research related to precision medicine clinical trials and to work on funded clinical trials using innovative design and analysis approaches.

 

The Biostatistics Research Group is currently comprised of 19 statisticians working on a range of applied and methodological projects. This role is part of a sizeable expansion of the group, including new academic positions, research positions and PhD studentships to be advertised in late 2019. Further details on the group are given at http://research.ncl.ac.uk/ihsbiostats/. The Biostatistics Research Group 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, and is linked to a UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit.

 

To be appointable as research associate, you will be a suitably qualified statistician (with either a PhD, or a postgraduate qualification with a track record of published research and evidence of being able to conduct statistical methodology research) interested in working on novel statistical methodology and applying it in real trials. There will be opportunities to be involved in the supervision of PhD students and get involved in designing future clinical trials.

 

To be appointable as senior research associate, you will have some postdoctoral experience with impressive research outputs. You will show ability to work independently and excellent promise to develop your own area of research as an independent investigator.
Informal enquiries may be made to James Wason via e-mail to james.wason@newcastle.ac.uk

 

The post is available for 3 years. The start date is flexible but ideally would be early 2020

The Population Health Sciences Institute is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students. Applications for part time/flexible working will be considered. Please state your desired working arrangements in your application.  

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.

 

Senior Research Associate (Biostatistics)

The Role

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 identify methodological research priorities in the area of stratified/precision medicine clinical trials as part of the Clinical Trials Methodology Partnership.
  • To independently provide statistical expertise to investigators in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials.
  • To be involved in mentorship and management of less experienced staff who may be working on several projects.
  • To publish in high quality peer reviewed journals.
  • To present findings at conferences nationally and internationally
  • Where required, to help with teaching undertaken by the Biostatistics Research Group (BRG) at Newcastle University.
  • To contribute to the development and reputation of the BRG through getting involved in high-quality biostatistics and clinical research.
  • To carry out administrative tasks and other duties where required by senior BRG staff.
  • To develop an independent research profile

 

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Considerable experience in conducting research, as evidenced by publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience of programming in R or Stata
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and administrative skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience in conducting statistical methodology research
  • Evidence of completed and published research projects that demonstrates strong potential for independent research

Desirable

  • Experience of working as a medical statistician in an academic setting
  • Experience of contributing to successful applications for national/international peer reviewed research funding 
  • Experience of teaching statistics
  • Experience in the design and analysis of clinical trials 

 

Qualifications

Essential

  • Either: 1) Having a PhD with substantial statistical methodology research; or: 2) equivalent experience in methodological research to a PhD

 Desirable

  • PhD in statistics with substantial clinical trials, precision medicine or design or experiments component

 

Research Associate (Biostatistics)

The Role

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 identify methodological research priorities in the area of stratified/precision medicine clinical trials as part of the Clinical Trials Methodology Partnership.
  • 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 research, and write statistical analysis plans under the mentorship of more senior statistical colleagues.
  • To undertake statistical analyses and prepare reports for project committees. 
  • 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 medical statistics within the Institute/Faculty and assist in the supervision of students if required.
  • To keep up to date with developments in the field.

 

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Technical and methodological statistical skills applied to health research
  • Experience of programming in R or Stata
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrable potential to conduct statistical methodology research in the area of clinical trials as evidenced by published (or submitted) papers in high-quality peer-reviewed biostatistics journals

Desirable

  • Experience of working as a medical statistician in an academic setting
  • 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 research projects

 

Qualifications

Essential

  • Either: 1) Having a PhD with substantial statistical methodology research; or: 2) equivalent experience in methodological research to a PhD

Desirable

  • PhD in statistics with substantial clinical trials, precision medicine or design or experiments component

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: 1257