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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Fellowship-Track Programme)

University of Cambridge - MRC Biostatistics Unit


Grade 7 £32,816 - £40,322
Grade 9 £41,526 - £52,599

The MRC Biostatistics Unit, one of Europe's leading biostatistics research institutions, is pleased to announce the launch of the MRC Biostatistics Fellowship-track Programme. Under this programme, successful applicants will be employed by the Unit to undertake work which contributes to the Unit's established research portfolio, while using a proportion of their time to work on their future career development via the preparation of personal fellowship applications. The proportion of time spent on Unit-led work versus developing and progressing personal fellowships will be approximately 60:40. As the Unit is currently focussing some of its research on Covid-19 related analyses, the appointed fellows might also be asked by the Unit Director to contribute to a team project in that area by mutual agreement.

We are looking for the best applicants, regardless of background or career stage. Thus, applications from students close to the completion of their PhD, those returning from a career break or those with non-standard career histories are welcome.
The Unit has a number of research themes and would welcome applications from candidates with an interest in working in these areas. The Unit's current research is categorised within 4 broad themes:

  • design and analysis of randomised trials (DART)
  • precision medicine and inference for complex outcomes (PREM)
  • statistical omics (SOMX)
  • statistical methods using data resources to improve population health (SURPH)

For more information on the unit's themes please go to:

Before applying, please contact the relevant Programme Leader at the BSU to discuss your application.  A full list of Programme Leaders is provided on our website:  Once a Programme Leader has agreed to host your fellowship track project, please apply online including your host's name in your covering letter.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance. Successful candidates will be appointed at either Senior Research Associate - Grade 9 Salary from £41,526 to £52,599 or Research Associate - Grade 7 Salary from £32,816 to £40,322, depending on their level of experience.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

The closing date for applications is 23 April 2020 with interview date TBC.

The Unit is situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the world's most vibrant centres of biomedical research, which includes the University of Cambridge's Clinical School, two major hospitals, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and the world headquarters of Astra Zeneca.

The Unit is actively seeking to increase diversity among its staff, including promoting an equitable representation of men and women. The Unit therefore especially encourages applications from women, from minority ethnic groups and from those with non-standard career paths. Appointment will be made on merit.

We welcome applications from those wishing to work part-time.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Andrea Wadeson at

Please quote reference SL22889 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £32,816 to £52,599 see advert text
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th March 2020
Closes: 23rd April 2020
Job Ref: SL22889
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