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Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Associate/Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Medical Statistics (2 posts)

Posted on July 2nd 2020

PenARC and the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG) would like to recruit for two positions based in the College of Medicine and Health at the University of Exeter. These positions are each 50% FTE, which can either be recruited to as one full-time position or two part-time positions.

These posts are available immediately on a fixed term basis until 31 March 2022.


Summary of the positions

PenTAG post

The Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG) wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate or a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Medical Statistics to support statistical aspects of clinical and cost effectiveness as part of health technology assessment projects; project management and leadership. 

As the lead medical statistician in PenTAG, you will work between the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness ‘cores’ to support medical statistics-related aspects of HTA projects for NICE.  Key tasks associated with this role include appraisal and, on occasion, development of network meta-analyses; appraisal of statistical methods used in clinical trials; and working alongside health economists and economic modellers to develop and refine statistical inputs to economic models, especially where these inputs draw on survival analysis and related methods.  In due course, you will be supported to undertake project management of HTAs alongside senior postholders in PenTAG.

You will have a key role to play in joining and developing grants and publications relating to HTA across a range of topics, both clinically oriented and public health-oriented.  Supported by senior postholders in PenTAG, you will develop an independent profile of publications in medical statistics and HTA.  If you do not have a PhD, these publications will potentially form the basis of a PhD by publication.

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completing for Postdoctoral Research Associate level) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in health technology assessment and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.


PenARC post

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC) wishes to recruit an Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow to provide statistical support. 

The post holder will contribute to the design, conduct and analysis of studies identified as research priorities by local clinicians through PenARC.  The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes; communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically; prepare proposals and applications to external bodies; and contribute to the writing of research papers. The post holder will also contribute to teaching introductory statistics to undergraduate medical students on the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) course and students on the Medical Sciences BSc.

Applicants will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. They will be able to undertake statistical analyses and have statistical computing skills (using Stata, R or other major statistical package). Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completing for Postdoctoral Research Associate level) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study.

You can view the Job Description and Person Specification documents below:

Postdoctoral Research Associate/Postdoctoral Research Fellow – PenTAG post  

Postdoctoral Research Associate/Postdoctoral Research Fellow – PenARC post


Further information

For further details, and to apply, please visit the University of Exeter jobs website (job reference: S70407). 

For the PenTAG role please contact GJ Melendez-Torres, or (01392) 725651.  For the PenARC role please contact Obi Ukoumunne, or (01392) 726070. 

The closing date for applications is 26 July 2020.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

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