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Job Number: BU00633
School/Department: IMSCaR
Grade: 7
Salary Information: Grade 7: £31,342 – £37,394 p.a.
Contract Duration: 1 post: 24 months and 1 post: 18 months
Responsible to: NWORTH Associate Director (Scientific)
Closing Date: 24-08-2014

Applications are invited for the appointment of two Trials Statisticians in the North Wales Organisation for Trials in Health (NWORTH). This is an excellent opportunity to join a fast paced, growing and innovative clinical trial unit (CTU).

The post holders will be responsible for management and analysis of specific studies undertaken by NWORTH, contribute to development of statistical aspects of research proposals and study protocols and undertake statistical consultancy for the Research Support Service for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The post holders, who will be part of a team of statisticians at the Trials Unit, will also be responsible for analysing and contributing to the management of statistical and methodological aspects of a range of research projects. A key task will be to assist in the preparation of grant applications, with the ability to communicate statistical concepts to academics, clinicians and other health professionals being essential.

An MSc in statistics, mathematics or an allied subject with a strong statistical background is essential. Practical knowledge of several essential statistical methodologies and knowledge of mainstream statistical software is also essential.

The two posts are available to start immediately and are for 24 months and 18 months respectively in the first instance although it is expected that the duration will be extended through new research grants being awarded to the CTU in the future. These posts are intended to be full time but applications from individuals interested in substantive part time roles are also welcome.

For informal discussions, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact:
Dr Ives Ntambwe, Senior Statistician
Tel: (01248) 382306
E-mail: l.i.ntambwe@bangor.ac.uk

Jean Ryan, CTU Manager
Tel: (01248) 383238
E-mail: j.ryan@bangor.ac.uk

Interviews will be held: Wednesday 3rd September, 2014.

 

Committed to Equal Opportunities

Overview

College of Health and Behavioural Sciences (CoHaBS)

The College of Health and Behavioural Sciences is the largest of five colleges at Bangor University in 2006. With over 3,000 students and 300 academic and support staff, the College consists of:

• School of Healthcare Sciences
• School of Medical Sciences
• School of Psychology
• School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
• Institute of Medical & Social Care Research (IMSCaR)
• North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research (NWCPCR)

Institute for Medical and Social Care Research (IMSCaR)

The Institute for Medical and Social Care Research was established in 1997 as the University’s focus for multidisciplinary research in health and social care. It consists of over 60 staff dedicated to research in three groups:

• Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME)
• Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC)
• North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH)

North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH)

The North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health is a registered clinical trials unit (CTU) which has full UKCRC registration (initially awarded in November 2007 and renewed in August 2012) and is one of the elements within the NISCHR Clinical Research Infrastructure. The clinical trials unit is part funded by the Welsh Government, with key members of the team funded by an infrastructure grant from the NISCHR.

Purpose of the Job

The primary purpose of the post is to contribute to the design, management and analysis of clinical trials and other research studies within the NWORTH Trials Unit and undertake statistical consultancy as part of NWORTH’s Research Support Service for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• To contribute to the design, management and analysis of research studies within the
NWORTH Trials Unit.
• To contribute to developing statistical aspects of funding proposals and protocols for trials.
• To work as part of the Research Support Service team within NWORTH. Including
undertaking statistical consultancy with NHS researchers (supporting both interventional
and observational work, in conjunction with other members of NWORTH).
• Prepare file specifications for data capture and output.
• To contribute to developing data and analysis plans for interim and final analysis.
• To conduct or supervise checks on data completeness, data accuracy, data extraction and
managing statistical aspects of trials/studies.
• To support and liaise with IT programmers and contribute to development and the design
of study/trial databases and randomisation systems.
• Contribute to the preparation of papers for submission to peer reviewed journals, and
contribute to authorship of research papers and reports.
• Prepare conference abstracts and present study findings at local level.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

The list of main duties and responsibilities is not meant to be exhaustive, but merely an indication of the main areas of activity for the post. It may be amended or added to, at the discretion of the Head of IMSCaR and the Associate Director (Scientific) with other duties commensurate with the role function and grade following consultation with the post holder.

• On occasion, you may be required to represent the research institute outside the
University.
• Maintain the security of research data obtained and observe confidentiality at all times
regarding participants and their involvement.
• Ensuring compliance with research and clinical governance guidelines, data protection and
ethical requirements.
• The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental
activities.
• The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and
statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language
Scheme.
• The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and
wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working
environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors
affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all
applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.
• The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and
be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts.

Person Specification

Qualifications/Training:

Essential:

• MSc in statistics, mathematics or an allied subject with a strong statistical component.
• A willingness to work towards becoming a Chartered Statistician if not already
registered.

Desirable:

• PhD in statistics, mathematics or an allied subject, or equivalent research experience.
• Graduate Statistician (GradStat) or working towards Chartered Statistician (CStat)
status of the Royal Statistical Society.
• Training in Good Clinical Practice.

Experience/Knowledge:

Essential:

• Practical knowledge of several essential statistical methodologies.
• Knowledge of at least one mainstream statistical software package.
• Experience of undertaking statistical analysis projects.

Desirable:

• Experience of writing up statistical work.
• Working knowledge of R analysis software.
• Previous research experience in an NHS or educational environment.
• Previous experience in clinical trials or other randomised controlled trials.
• Knowledge and understanding of health and social care in Wales.
• Experience of preparing and giving presentations.

Abilities/Skills:

Essential:

• Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written – especially in the area of
communicating statistics.
• Data management skills.
• Ability to work under supervision as part of a structured, collaborative multidisciplinary
team.
• Ability to work effectively in the context of change.
• Ability to work effectively with people of diverse skills, experience and backgrounds.
• Ability to respond flexibly and positively to the needs of the department.
• Ability to monitor and prioritise work in an effective manner.
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all time.

Desirable:

• Ability to represent NWORTH in a multi-disciplinary research environment involving
external partners and organisations.

Other:

Essential:

• Willing to undertake further relevant training appropriate for the post, including new
statistical methodologies and new software.
• Willingness to occasionally travel within the UK.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the bilingual nature of the institution and the area.

General

All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.

All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references

All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements. If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job, please note that following the introduction by the Government of immigration limits on skilled workers we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/