02 Jul, 2019

Research Assistant / Associate (Statistics)

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  • Cardiff, UK
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The Centre for Trials Research (CTR) at Cardiff University is the largest group of academic clinical trials staff in Wales, and has earned full UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registered status. The Centre tackles the big diseases and health concerns of our time, including growing resistance to antibiotics, early cancer diagnosis and how to eliminate health inequalities. It achieves this by forming partnerships with researchers and building lasting relationships with the public, whose participation is essential for the success of studies.

As part of our continued growth a new and exciting opportunity has arisen in the statistics team of the CTR. You will contribute to the design, management and analysis of research data for a range of trials. As a statistician in the CTR, you will also have the opportunity to present your research at internal research meetings as well as national and international conferences.
To be appointed at grade 5 we are looking for someone educated to graduate level in a mathematical or statistical subject. We would especially encourage those who are currently completing or have recently completed an MSc in Medical Statistics to apply for this post. Those without a mathematics based first degree should demonstrate relevant applied statistical methodological experience.

To be appointed at grade 6 we are looking for someone educated to PhD level in a mathematical science or with substantial applied statistical methods (or with equivalent relevant work experience in statistical analysis) and specialist knowledge of appropriate governance, systems and processes in relation to statistics in trials.

The CTR is staffed by a range of experts, including statisticians, trial managers, data managers, database programmers, health professionals and quality assurance officers. These staff work with clinicians and research groups to develop and complete trials from the basic idea through to publication in high-quality journals and disseminating the final results at national and international conferences and meetings.

We are happy to consider applicants wishing to work part-time or full time. Please make it clear which grade you are applying for in your application as we hope to appoint to more than one post / grade.

For informal queries, please contact Dr Rebecca Playle, Head of Health Services Research Statistics on tel: 02920 687516 or email playlera@cardiff.ac.uk

This post is full time (35 hours a week), available immediately and is open ended.

Salary: £27,025 - £31,302 per annum (Grade 5) or
£33,199 - £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Research Assistant (Statistics)
Main functionTo contribute to research within statistics, carrying out supporting work that helps lead to the publishing of research in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
Research

  • To undertake research with a focus on the planning and implementation of statistics
  • Actively participate within the research group, communicating and presenting research at meetings, through publications and other recognised avenues as appropriate, ensuring information is communicated to internal and external partners
  • To contribute to research publications and presentations as required
  • To analyse and communicate complex ideas, concepts and data using appropriate methods and packages
  • To resolve issues and support senior colleagues in devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
  • To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas as appropriate
  • To provide support in research activities for research programmes and provide guidance to other members of staff within the research team
  • To maintain and update area of specialist knowledge, researching and critically appraising relevant literature within the area.
  • Ensure that work is undertaken and documented in a regulatory compliant way and be prepared for regular audits and inspections, as well as contributing to the development of the quality management system for the area of statistics.


Other

  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in administration and activities to promote the Centre and its work to the wider University and the outside world
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.


Research Associate (Statistics)
Main function
To conduct research within statistics and contribute to the overall research performance of the Centre and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Research

  • To conduct research within statistics and contribute to the overall research performance of the centre and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
  • Ensure the delivery of the studies, adapting according to changes in workload and study requirements
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
  • To participate in centre research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions, explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects
  • Ensure that work is undertaken and documented in a regulatory compliant way and be prepared for regular audits and inspections, as well as contributing to the development of the quality management system for the area of statistics.


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Person Specification

Research Assistant (Statistics)
Essential Criteria
Qualifications and Education1. A degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience
Knowledge, Skills and Experience2. Knowledge of research methods and techniques in statistics3. Proven ability to analyse complex information and summaries appropriately4. Specialist knowledge of appropriate trial governance, systems and processes in relation to statistics5. Experience of working with a range of non-statisticians
Communication and Team Working6. Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences7. Excellent organisational and team-working skills
Other8. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and teamworking within work
Desirable Criteria
9. PhD in a relevant discipline10. Evidence of collaborations with industry11. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.12. A commitment to high quality patient and public involvement13. Fluency in Welsh, written and oral
Research Associate (Statistics)
Essential Criteria
Qualifications and Education1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant experience
Knowledge, Skills and Experience2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant experience within statistics3. Specialist knowledge of appropriate governance, systems and processes in relation to statistics in trials4. Proven ability to publish in national journals5. Proven ability to be successful in competitive research funding
Communication and Team Working6. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication7. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals
Other8. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work
Desirable Criteria
9. Ability to supervise research students10. Evidence of collaborations with industry, NHS or social care11. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.12. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the Centre.13. A commitment to high quality patient and public involvement14. Fluency in Welsh, written and oral

Additional Information

** Continued from job description **
Other

  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the Centre’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the Centre and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in administration and activities to promote the Centre and its work to the wider University and the outside world
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.


IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

It is the Centre's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 8578BR

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The Centre for Trials Research welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

It is the Centre's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 8578BR

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The Centre for Trials Research welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.


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