Clinical SAS Programmer

University of Dundee - Health and Clinical Services

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the TCTU Data Management Team. The post of Clinical SAS Programmer bridges the existing TCTU data management team with our statisticians. The post holder will assist in the design, development and maintenance of clinical trial computerised systems and SAS programs to enable data extraction and validation for the portfolio of TCTU studies.

Principal Duties

  • Assist with the design, development and maintenance of computerized systems linked to clinical trials
  • Work with TCTU and study statisticians to plan, program and validate analysis datasets
  • Generate and test SAS programs for use in data validation and cleaning
  • Build standardized data dictionaries and libraries
  • Prepare documentation associated with clinical data systems
  • Attend and report to study meetings
  • Travel to national and international studies sites will be expected.

This position is for 12 months in the first instance.

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Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Person Specification


  • Education / Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Biological Sciences, Life Sciences or related areas.


  • Training in GCP, SAS Certification

Work Experience


  • Three years relevant career experience in higher education or pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry.
  • Experience with SAS® programming and statistical analysis
  • MS SQL server, Oracle, PostgreSQL or similar enterprise class database.
  • Experience of developing data specifications, writing code to implement these and document preparation.
  • Experience of validating and functionally testing software.
  • Advanced MS Office skills, Experience of working with XML


  • Experience of working in a clinical research environment.
  • Knowledge of clinical trial legislation
  • Experience of OpenClinica or other clinical trial data management system.

Personal Qualities and abilities


  • The ability to work effectively within a team.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Willingness for national and international travel

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College / School / Directorate Information

Tayside Academic Health Sciences Centre (TAHSC) is a collaboration of the University of Dundee, NHS Tayside and the other local Health Boards (Fife and Forth Valley). TAHSC forms the Eastern node of the Scottish Academic Health Science Collaboration (SAHSC). The Tayside part of this Eastern node is now known as Tayside Medical Science Centre (TASC) and combines the research strengths of the University of Dundee with NHS Tayside.

Tayside Clinical Trials Unit (TCTU) is part of TASC and has full registration with the UKCRC. The TCTU’s role is to provide support and services to investigators, delivering high quality trial design from idea conception through protocol development and onto publication. In addition, the TCTU aims to improve the success and quality of clinical trials. Visit for more information.

Additional Information

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment. We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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