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Biostatistician In Glaskow

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Biostatistician In Glaskow

Δημοσίευση από Dimitris Karlis Την / Το Δευ 14 Ιαν 2013 - 18:17


Research And Teaching

Job Purpose
As a Biostatistician, you will be expected to carry out complex statistical programming and analyses and to write reports on these. You will undergo training in more advanced statistical methods as required. You will be expected to meet with and present results to clients, and to participate in publication of research with internal and external collaborators. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the Centre’s teaching programme. You will be encouraged to contribute to collaborative applications for grant funding. You will be expected to be able to work independently on small projects, and to work under the supervision and direction of more senior statisticians for larger, more complex projects. Initially, you will report to senior statistical staff, but as you become more experienced in your role, you will be given more responsibility and encouraged to work more independently
Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. You will develop, progress and conduct assigned research objectives individually or jointly as directed by PI/client/senior statistician.
2. Be responsible for the programming of complex statistical analyses using specialist knowledge and techniques and facilitate further development.
3. Responsible for the preparation and delivery of statistical analysis reports in accordance with clients' expectations.
4. Ensure the appropriate level of checking and validation of complex statistical programming.
5. Responsible for the management of resources to ensure timely delivery of outputs across multiple projects.
6. Take the lead in the presentation of results to academic and/or commercial clients and at national and international conferences if required to enhance the profile of the Robertson Centre. Communicate material of a specialist and highly technical nature clearly.
7. Play a leading role in the publication of statistical results in peer reviewed journals as a co-author.

8. Undergo training in more advanced statistical methods.
9. Gain experience in more advanced statistical programming.
10. Gain experience in statistical consulting.
11. Keep up to date with recent advances in the field/discipline.

12. Assist, as appropriate, in the supervision and training of undergraduates or postgraduate students in the delivery the Centre’s statistics courses. This could in the future include day to day mentoring or longer term planning of research objectives.

13. Ensure compliance with and contribution to the review of Centre Standard Operating Procedures.
14. Production of internal statistical documentation.
15. Participation in internal and external audits.
16. Maintain records and databases and undertake general admin duties to support the projects.
17. Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and departmental research group activities
18. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s strategic plan, Glasgow2020 – a Global vision.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge / Qualifications

A1. A PhD in Statistics/Statistics and Mathematics, or Biostatistics or equivalent postgraduate work experience or an MSc level in Statistics or Biostatistics and significant relevant experience with evidence of good quality published research outputs.
A2. Wide knowledge of medical statistics.
A3. Good knowledge of statistical programming package(s).
A4. Knowledge of clinical trials and epidemiological methods.
A5. Basic knowledge of the requirements of ICH Good Clinical Practice and corresponding requirements for Good Statistical practice and other legal and regulatory requirements in the management and analysis of clinical data


C1. Good understanding of complex statistical methods and concepts.
C2. Complex statistical programming.
C3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
C4. Ability to cope under pressure while maintaining a high level of accuracy.
C5. Ability to work under supervision.
C6. Ability to assess priorities and manage own workload effectively, and to report progress to senior members of staff.
C7. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team with staff at all levels.
C8. Reliable, trustworthy and able to maintain confidentiality.


E1 Typically 5 years relevant experience, .
E1. Experience of applying complex statistical methods in a working environment.
E2. Experience of using a statistical programming package in a working environment.
E3 Demonstrable record of research expertise evidenced by existing publication record indicating potential for Research Evaluation Framework returnability.

Experience of working under the requirements of ICH Good Clinical Practice and corresponding requirements for Good Statistical practice and other legal and regulatory requirements in the management and analysis of clinical data
Job Features
Statistics: Working to deadlines simultaneously on a number of projects involving clinical trials and/or epidemiological studies, carrying out statistical analyses and checking the work of other statisticians. Working independently on small projects and under supervision on larger, more complex projects. Meeting with and presenting results to clients. Contribution to collaborative research publications.

Development: To gain experience and undergo training to develop skills in statistical programming and methodology, statistical consulting and oral and written presentation of results applicable in a wide variety of epidemiological and clinical trial contexts.

Teaching: Contribution to the delivery of the occasional statistical courses run by the Centre for biomedical researchers.

Administration: Adherence to and contribution to the review of internal standard operating procedures, incorporating external ethical, legal and regulatory constraints, and to compliance with auditing requirements of these processes.

Planning and Organising
• Writing of statistical analysis plans for small studies.
• Co-ordination of small projects.
• Managing own workload effectively and efficiently, completing tasks within required timelines.
• Following internal procedures in relation to the planning and documentation of statistical processes.
• Proactive in delivering requirements of senior Centre personnel and clients in a flexible and ordered fashion.

Decision Making
• Selection of analysis strategies and drafting analysis plans.
• Identification of issues affecting the progress of statistical tasks, and communicating such issues to senior Centre personnel in a timely fashion.

Internal/External Relationships
• Working in a multidisciplinary team and with external multidisciplinary academic and commercial teams.

Problem Solving
• This is the primary activity of a statistician.

• Contribute to the Centre’s reputation of excellence by providing a consistently high standard of work.
• Contribute to the University’s reputation in clinical research by providing a strong supporting service where appropriate within the area of clinical trials and medical research projects.
• The nature of the post may require regular working outside of normal working hours.
• Due to the confidential nature of the work undertaken at the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, the successful applicant will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement on commencement of employment.

Additional Department Information

The Robertson Centre for Biostatistics is part of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS). It is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for the design, conduct and analysis of major international multi-centre clinical trials, epidemiological studies and other research projects. The Centre has experience of collaboration in all areas of medicine and has excellent relations with medical and biological researchers in the pharmaceutical industry, the National Health Service and other research organisations. The primary objective of the Centre's collaborative work is to contribute to research projects that will improve the treatment of patients and the practice of medicine.

The Centre is part of the Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit, a UKCRC fully registered academic trials unit, in conjunction with the Research and Development (R&D) Department of Greater Glasgow & Clyde (GG&C) Health Board and the Glasgow Clinical Research Facility (CRF).

Further information is available at: (University of Glasgow) (Robertson Centre for Biostatistics) (Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit) (UK CRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit Network)

Standard Terms & Conditions
Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £32,267 - £36,298 per annum.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

Vacancy ref: 002940, closing date 31 January 2013

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