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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - MRC Biostatistics Unit

The MRC Biostatistics Unit is one of Europe's leading biostatistics research institutions. Our focus is to deliver new analytical and computational strategies based on sound statistical principles for the challenging tasks facing biomedicine and public health.

This position, part of the Efficient Study Design research theme of the MRC Biostatistics Unit (BSU), has 2 components, an applied one (60%) and a methodological one (40%):

- As a member of the Papworth trial unit collaboration (PTUC) statistical team led by Dr Dominique-Laurent Couturier, the post-holder will help providing statistical advice, guidance and support to Papworth based researchers and partners on aspects related to the design, monitoring, analysis, and dissemination of results

- As a member of the team of Dr Pavel Mozgunov, the post-holder will contribute on developing statistical methodology for response-adaptive early phase clinical trials, namely, Phase I dose-finding trials, under the guidance of Dr Mozgunov. The focus of Phase I dose-finding research will be on the use of richer outcomes to guide the dose selection and on more individualised approaches to dose-escalation, so as many as possible patients in the trial can receive their best dose.

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.

The Biostatistics Unit is committed to supporting hybrid working for all staff, but we do expect that staff will work from the office on a regular basis to help integration and to build our fantastic scientific community. If you'd prefer to work entirely from the office that is great too.

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

Candidates for Research Associate position will have a PhD in Statistics, or a relevant similar discipline. Informal enquires can be addressed to Dr Dominique-Laurent Couturier (dominique-couturier@mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk) and Dr Pavel Mozgunov (pavel.mozgunov@mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk).

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.

Closing date for applications is 7th January 2024

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

PhD in Statistics or a relevant subject or to be in the final stages of obtaining their PhD.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £31,411) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

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 email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SL39745 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: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: SL39745
   
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