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Research Assistant - Internship (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - MRC Biostatistics Unit

The MRC Biostatistics Unit, one of Europe's leading biostatistics research institutions, is pleased to announce the launch of a Summer Internship Programme for 2023. Under this programme, successful applicants will be employed by the Unit to undertake work which contributes to the Unit's established research portfolio. They will also learn about career opportunities in developing statistical methods for biomedical applications.

These internships might ideally suit 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students and students having recently graduated in Mathematics, Statistics or a closely related field with a strong quantitative component.

The Unit is organised around four research 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) 

and welcomes applications from candidates with an interest in working in these areas.

To find out more about these themes, please visit:

https://www.mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk/research-and-development/. Blog posts by interns from previous internship programmes are available here: https://www.mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk/blog/interning-at-the-bsu/

See Further Particulars for the full list of available projects. In the cover letter, the candidates are asked to rank the top 3 projects they would like to work on.

The interns will be exposed to the day-to-day activities of a statistical methodologist in biomedical research and they will learn about possible career paths. They will attend group meetings and meet with various staff members across the above four themes.

Successful candidates will be appointed to a fixed term full-time position (Monday - Friday) for 8 to 10 weeks in the summer 2023 (between mid June and mid September - exact dates to be confirmed/agreed with the intern) at Grade 5 (£27,929 - £32,348). Remote/hybrid working arrangements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There are no prerequisites of medical statistics knowledge. While previous experience is welcome, the purpose of the internship is to introduce interns from various backgrounds to the field of medical statistics and methodological research.

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.

The applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter, which should outline why they have applied for this internship and what they plan to achieve by the end of it.

Closing date for applications: January 6, 2023. Interview date: to be confirmed. 

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SL34581 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: £27,929 to £32,348
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th December 2022
Closes: 6th January 2023
Job Ref: SL34581
   
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