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Biomedical Programmer

Are you a highly numerate enthusiastic, graduate with a computing, maths or science qualification? Do you want to start a career in health research and use your skills to contribute to clinical trials research that impacts clinical practice? 

The Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) is an international leader in the field of clinical trials. The Unit is one of the largest in the UK and conducts national and international randomised late phase and early phase clinical trials in a variety of clinical fields. Our main aim is to support the challenge of changing clinical practice for the better and our past results and current work have already helped to do this. Our results inform the academic development of this specialised field of clinical research on a national and international level. Particularly, we specialise in complex phase III platform trials, efficient phase I/II trials, biomarker driven designs, seamless phase II/III designs, adaptive designs and the development and evaluation of complex interventions.

You will join a large, well-established and supportive group of statisticians, methodologists and data managers to support the Unit’s work on clinical trials. You will be responsible for performing programming activities in collaboration with teams in the Cancer Division, with supervision. You will develop, create, validate and maintain SAS programs for assigned projects in compliance with standard operating procedures. Projects will include safety reporting, producing randomisation schedules, statistical analysis programming and development and review of statistical report templates. You will be exposed to multiple studies and different trial teams including statisticians, data managers and IS assistants, always working with talented enthusiastic colleagues.

Working in a multidisciplinary team, you will have excellent interpersonal, communication and time management skills. You will have the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of clinical trial research activities, as well as assisting trial statisticians in clinical trial and general consulting activities. Opportunities to undertake further Masters study may be possible.

You will be a highly talented and enthusiastic individual who is keen to be a key team member for SAS and programming expertise and guidance. You will have an excellent honours degree with a substantial computing, mathematical or statistical or life science component. Candidates will be introduced to, and immersed in, the ongoing programme of work at the CTRU.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Mr Andrew Hall, Principal Statistician

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1493; Email:

Dr Sarah Brown, Associate Professor of Early Phase Clinical Trials in Cancer

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1472; Email:

Dr David Cairns, Associate Professor of Late Phase Clinical Trials in Cancer

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1712; Email:

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Medicine holds the Gold Award.We are committed to being an inclusive medical school that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research (LICTR)
Category:  Administrative and Clerical Support
Grade:  Grade 5
Salary:  £23,067 to £26,715 p.a.
Working Time:  100% at 35 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Open Ended Fixed Funding for 36 months)
Release Date:  Wednesday 12 February 2020
Closing Date:  Wednesday 04 March 2020
Reference:  MHCTR1181
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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