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Principal Statistician

Do you have statistical experience in a medical environment and want to work for an Institute leading in clinical trials research and impacting clinical practice? Do you want to be part of a successful, highly talented, and multi-disciplinary team with international reach? Are you an enthusiastic, driven postgraduate with a major statistical qualification? Do you have considerable experience in complex intervention trials in mental health?

You will join a large, well-established group of statisticians to support the Unit’s work on clinical trials and be responsible for leading and expanding a portfolio of trials research evaluating complex interventions addressing poor mental health, and psychological illness alongside long-term physical conditions. You will work on internationally renowned trials designed to answer questions of real importance to patients, healthcare providers and policy makers, ultimately improving disease outcomes and patient care. Working with national leading clinicians and academic researchers you will develop robust complex trials designed to address national and local research priorities, driving strategically aligned research with multiple stakeholders including clinicians, patients, the NHS, industry and charities. You will have opportunities to research, apply and develop statistical methodology, together with general consulting and training of health professionals and other researchers. You will be involved in a wide range of statistical activities, including designing, conducting, analysing and disseminating clinical trials, preparing grant applications and presenting at national and international conferences.

You will provide the statistical strategic lead and supervision during the design, implementation and dissemination of trials and related research within the Mental Health portfolio of the Complex Intervention Division at CTRU. You will be a talented and dynamic individual with a postgraduate qualification, including a major statistical component, and an interest in the development and evaluation of complex interventions.  You will have the opportunity to drive implementation of novel trial designs within an active portfolio of trials and to establish methodological work in area[s] of interest.

You will work closely and collaboratively with a multidisciplinary project team, including statisticians, data and trial managers, programmers, clinicians, health economists, and health service researchers. As such you will need excellent communication, interpersonal and time management skills. You will have considerable experience in the design and conduct of complex trials, project management and people management skills, together with a nationally recognised research profile in clinical trials and/or medical statistics.  

This role will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop your career and national and international profile, enabling you to further broaden your expertise through methodological research within a supportive and stimulating environment with leadership opportunities.  If applicable, you will also have the opportunity to register for a PhD.

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

Professor Amanda Farrin, Director of the Complex Interventions Division 

Tel: +44 113 343 8017; 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:  Research
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £41,526 to £49,553 p.a.
Working Time:  100% at 37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Open ended fixed funding for 36 months)
Release Date:  Tuesday 03 March 2020
Closing Date:  Sunday 29 March 2020
Reference:  MHCTR1186
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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