Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Leeds - Faculty of Medicine & Health - Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research (LICTR)

Are you interested in applying your statistical and/or mathematical training to medicine? Would you like to be involved in a prestigious methodology grant on a clinical trial design to evaluate complex interventions in institutional settings? Would you like to work within a highly successful, ‘impressive and inspirational’ clinical trials unit, joining a team of over 30 statisticians?

You will work on the MRC Methodology Research Programme funded project: “Open-cohort designs for cluster-randomised trials in institutional settings”. This programme of statistical research is bolted on to a cluster-randomised trial (DCM-EPIC) evaluating the effectiveness/cost-effectiveness of a quality improvement intervention, directed at staff in care homes, to enable person-centred care for people with dementia and their carers. It aims to develop novel statistical methods to design and analyse clinical trials and consists of 5 work packages: i) literature review, ii) user engagement, iii) statistical development, iv) statistical evaluation and v) practical guidance.

You will be responsible for performing a literature review, proposing statistical models, comparing methods for handling missing data, exploring methods for incorporating length of stay, developing sample size formulae, a simulation study and contributing to practical guidance and research outputs. Specialist methodological expertise will be provided by the Principal Investigator, Dr Rebecca Walwyn (Leeds), Co-Investigators, Dr Andrew Copas (UCL), Professor Amanda Farrin (Leeds) and Professor Claire Surr (Leeds). There will be an opportunity to undertake further specific training in the post. In addition, you may make a small contribution to the teaching programme, providing specialist advice to medical statisticians in the Clinical Trials Research Unit.

You will have a PhD, or equivalent qualification/experience, in statistics or a related discipline. Additionally, you will have experience of medical statistics and conducting literature reviews and simulation studies.

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

Dr Rebecca Walwyn, Principal Statistician

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5485, 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 gained the Silver award in 2016. 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
Working Time: 100%
Contract Type: Fixed Term (2 years due to external funding)
Interview Date: To be confirmed

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