Part-Time Programmer

University of Aberdeen - School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

We have an exciting opportunity for a part-time Programmer - Randomisation Technician (50% of full-time) to join an experienced team of clinical trial programmers in the Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT).  CHaRT, part of the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU), University of Aberdeen, is a leader in UK clinical trials and the programming team contributes to worthwhile research by providing programming support and data management for multi-centre health care randomised trials and other research studies.  This includes preparing randomisation schedules, setting up databases and online programming applications for data collection and assisting with the conduct of the studies (such as monitoring recruitment and scheduling participant follow up). 

The trials compare forms of health care. The role offers the opportunity to work with other staff in CHaRT/HSRU to deliver high quality work for important research questions whilst also providing excellent CPD prospects.   Further details about the CHaRT trial portfolio are available at

You should have a relevant degree in a subject allied to information technology or computer science along with demonstrable programming experience.  Applicants must have experience of randomisation algorithms in a clinical trials software environment, authoring procedural documentation for clinical trials software.  Experience in handling large volumes of data and knowledge of the Data Protection Act is desirable. 

The ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary research team and with a broad range of people, without close supervision, to competing and tight deadlines is essential. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are also a requirement of this role.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 5 salary scale (pro rata £27,285-£30,688) and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience. 

The post is available for 2 years in the first instance. 

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period. 

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Mark Forrest, Senior IT Manager (Tel: 01224 438188 or e-mail:

This post is not on the current "shortage occupation" list and does not meet the minimum qualification requirements as issued by the Border and Immigration Agency therefore it will not qualify for a work permit.  Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require a work permit to work in the UK.

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Job Reference Number: HSR036A

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 21 March 2018

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