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Senior Medical Statistician

Do you want to work for an Institute which is leading in clinical trials research that impacts clinical practice? Do you want to be part of a successful, highly talented, and multi-disciplinary team? Are you an enthusiastic, driven postgraduate with a major statistical qualification? 

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 early phase and late 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 group of statisticians to support the Unit’s work on clinical trials, specifically in the Leeds Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit. You will work on trials designed to answer questions of real importance to patients and health professionals, ultimately improving disease outcomes and patient care in cancer. The Cancer Division includes major portfolios in haematological malignancies, the evaluation of radiotherapy as an intervention alone and in combination with pharmaceuticals in the treatment of a number of tumour sites, and a number of smaller developing portfolios. You will have opportunities to research, apply and develop statistical methodology, together with general consulting and training of health professionals. You will be involved in a wide range of statistical activities, including designing, conducting, analysing and publicising clinical trials, preparing grant applications and presenting at national and international conferences.

You will be a talented and dynamic individual with a postgraduate qualification, including a major statistical component, and an interest in early phase and/or late phase trials evaluating novel treatments of pharmaceuticals, surgery, medical devices or complex interventions in cancer, including colon cancer, breast cancer, renal cancer and various haematological malignancies. You will work closely and collaboratively with a multidisciplinary project team, including statisticians, programmers, clinicians, health economists, health service researchers, data managers and trial managers. As such you will need excellent communication and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.

The types of trials you will work on will vary, but may include platform trials evaluating multiple interventions of radiotherapy in anal cancer, randomised evaluations of treatment-sparing strategies in melanoma and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, and a programme of biomarker-guided clinical trials of surgical and pharmaceutical interventions in colon cancer.

This role will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop your career and further broaden your expertise through methodological research within a supportive and stimulating environment; 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: 

Dr Sarah Brown, Director of Early Phase Studies in Cancer Division

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

Dr David Cairns, Director of Late Phase Studies in Cancer Division

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:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 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:  Monday 03 February 2020
Closing Date:  Wednesday 18 March 2020
Reference:  MHCTR1183
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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