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Principal Statistician at the Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Leeds

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Faculty of Medicine and Health

Clinical Trials Research Unit

 

Principal Statistician - Yorkshire and Humberside Research Design Service

 

The Yorkshire and Humberside Research Design Service is a new initiative, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), to provide support to NHS clinicians preparing NIHR grant applications for clinical research and clinical trials of relevance to the NHS commitment to deliver quality research with patient and NHS service benefits. The service will be provided jointly by the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield. We are looking to appoint a Principal Statistician, based within the Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Leeds to support these endeavours.  

 

The Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Leeds is a leader in the field of clinical trials research. The Unit conducts national and international randomised clinical trials in a variety of clinical fields (cancer, cardiovascular disease and older people) and has an associated methodological research portfolio.  

 

With a postgraduate qualification in Statistics (MSc/PhD), you will have considerable experience in providing medical statistics consultancy, effective communication skills and a nationally recognised research profile in medical statistics.

 

The post is available for a fixed term of 5 years (although further funding may be available)

 

University Grade 8 (34,793 - 41,545 p.a.)

 

Informal enquiries to Professor Julia Brown, tel: +44 (0)113 343 1499, email: [log in to unmask] 

 

For information on line please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk <http://www.leeds.ac.uk/>  and click on 'jobs'

 

Application packs are also available from Catriona Healy, tel: +44 (0)113 343 1477, email: [log in to unmask]  

 

Job ref 214183 Closing date 20 June 2008


 

Role Summary

To provide and develop a comprehensive statistical consultancy as part of the Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (YHRDS) for NHS staff in West Yorkshire.  As Principal Medical Statistician you will be involved in a wide range of statistical activities, including funding applications, general consulting to NHS health professionals and teaching.  The post will be located within Leeds CTRU and professional support and personal development will be provided both by the YHRDS and CTRU.

 

Background - Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (YHRDS)

The Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (YHRDS) is a new initiative funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to provide methodological advice to researchers in the Yorkshire and Humberside Strategic Health Authority in order to increase the number and proportion of high quality funding applications for applied research achieved through: disseminating information; providing advice; referring researchers to experts and services; learning events; supporting linkages and collaborations; offering peer review; monitoring the quality of services, and exploring the wider impact of research. In particular NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) submissions indicate a lack of experience in converting clinical ideas into good research designs, suggesting a need for support. The YHRDS is a White Rose academic collaboration, adopting a hub and spoke model, with university sites in Sheffield (Hub), Leeds and York, and built-in links to the NHS.

 

The YHRDS will comprise statisticians, health economists, qualitative researchers, patient and public involvement experts, systematic reviewers and public health specialists working within and across the 3 universities.

 

Background - Clinical Trials Research Unit

The CTRU is a NHS-funded, National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) accredited, UKCRC registered research unit based at the University of Leeds within the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine and has a national and international reputation for conducting complex, multi-centre clinical trials.  The CTRU works with NHS partners and University colleagues, providing academic support and infrastructure to enable local, national and international researchers, design and undertake high quality, rigorous, multi-centre trials to MRC/ICH Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines.  The CTRU is a strong unit and underpins a large amount of trials work undertaken in the UK.  

 

Background - Yorkshire and Humberside Strategic Health Authority

Yorkshire and the Humber (Y&H), the fourth largest Strategic Health Authority (SHA) in England, includes 22 hospitals and 14 Primary Care Trusts with a population of over 5 million (10% of UK population).  It includes two of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe with internationally recognised research in cardiology, oncology, immunology, minimally invasive surgery, biomaterials and tissue engineering.  Particular clinical trials strengths exist in cancer, older people and diabetes (Hospitals: Leeds, Sheffield, York, Bradford and Universities: Sheffield, Leeds, York).  Y&H also has a unique cluster of medical devices companies in the UK.

 

The Y&H region embraces a diverse mix of communities ranging from cities (Leeds, Bradford, York and Sheffield) to rural and remote areas.  Health inequalities exist for example there are 1,800 extra deaths each year compared to the national average.  Although there is a strong track record in high quality clinical research, currently Research Development Support Unit (RDSU) support covers only a third of the region.  12% of RfPB funding has currently been allocated here, but only 1/5 of peer reviewed applications were recommended for funding, illustrating a need for research support, and a waste of opportunities to make use of good ideas.

 

Details of the Appointment

You will be accountable to the Director of CTRU and be responsible to the Director of the NIHR Portfolio within the CTRU.  You will work closely with other members of the YHRDS including other statisticians within York and Sheffield, CTRU Statistics Team and NIHR portfolio team, Directors of R&D within the Yorkshire and Humberside Strategic Health Authority, clinical research networks and other research partnerships to shape and deliver the RDS based on the needs and priorities of the NHS. The post will link with other research services for example in ethics, research governance, training and working with the business sector to refer researchers to them where appropriate

 

 

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Principal roles and responsibilities include:

 

Research Excellence 

 

a)     Provide a statistical consultancy service to assist researchers in submission of funding applications through face to face contact, telephone and online services.

 

b)     Provide methodological advice and peer review for grant applications submitted to NIHR funding schemes.

 

c)      Link with industry to assist research undertaken in collaboration with the NHS

 

d)     Work closely with the CTUs within the White Rose Universities to ensure a comprehensive and complimentary service

 

e)     Organise and run research advice clinics in NHS and University locations 

 

f)        Act as designated RDS contact for Trusts or research consortia building relationships with Directors of Research, Research Managers and Research Teams

 

g)     Provide support to NHS R & D infrastructure and related research bodies e.g. ethics committees, National Institute for Health and Clinical Effectiveness

 

h)      Signpost researchers to existing research support working closely for example with CTUs, Clinical Research Facilities, Yorkshire Forward, Medipex, Medilink, RDInfo

 

i)        Identify and establish international collaborations to support statistical developments in the YHRDS

 

j)        Promote the academic profile of the YHRDS and CTRU through high quality publications in peer-reviewed clinical and methodological journals and by presenting research at national and international conferences.

 

k)      Represent the YHRDS on national and international research and statistical groups.

 

l)        Act as a reviewer for national funding bodies from a statistics point of view.

 

m)   Undertake grant review and journal refereeing for high impact journals

 

n)      Maintain knowledge of funding and training opportunities for NHS Researchers

 

o)     Preparation of publications and presentations including high quality papers for peer reviewed journals, abstracts and subsequent oral presentation or osters at national or international conferences 

 

Strategy and Leadership:

 

a)     As a member of the YHRDS team, contribute to the development of strategic objectives for the YHRDS and take a leading role in the development of the statistical consultancy service.

 

b)     Ensure that the YHRDS statistical consultancy evolves by keeping abreast of developments which impact upon the work of the Unit through membership of relevant societies, and through journals, conferences and courses.

 

c)      Lead development of statistical methodology relevant to the YHRDS in association with colleagues in the other YHRDS Units in York and Sheffield

 

d)     Maintain links with relevant research networks and knowledge of emerging legislation and initiatives to ensure work is integrated and responsive to new developments and to promote collaborations in research.

 

e)     Present at relevant international/national and regional conferences with regard to the ongoing work of the YHRDS.

 

f)        Identify and address research support needs by working with research networks and NHS organisations

 

g)     Raise awareness of the RDS and funding streams within the health research community

 

Quality Assurance and Regulation

 

p)     Maintain understanding of regulatory and governance environment for clinical research and assess impact on YHRDS statistical consultancy. This will include the EU Directive for Clinical Trials, Human Tissue Bill and Data Protection Act.

 

q)     Develop, maintain and implement Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines for the YHRDS.

 

r)       Investigate, introduce and validate new statistical software when appropriate.

 

Teaching and Learning Support

 

a)     Develop and run workshops in collaboration with YHRDS colleagues for NHS researchers.

 

b)     Develop and deliver learning events in areas of methodological weakness identified by NHS partners 

 

c)      Produce web based materials for researchers which can address areas of methodological weakness


 


Person Specification

 

Essential:

 

*         Postgraduate qualification in Statistics (MSc/PhD)

*         Substantial experience, (approximately 7 years) working in a clinical research environment as a statistician

*         Awareness of research funding opportunities

*         Nationally recognised research profile in medical statistics e.g. through membership of national research committees, publications and grant income

*         Has worked with people at a variety of levels

*         Knowledge of statistical computing package

*         Knowledge of current statistical issues in clinical research 

*         Has worked independently to analyse statistical data

*         Substantial experience of providing independent medical statistics consultancy 

*         Research active (as evidenced by grants / publication record)

*         Statistical teaching experience

*         Effective organisational skills, ability to prioritise and use initiative

*         Effective interpersonal and communication skills

*         Quick to grasp new concepts

*         Willing to keep abreast of / assess / use new statistical techniques

 

 

How to Apply

 

We encourage all applicants to e-mail their completed application forms to us and to complete the equal opportunities monitoring form on-line as this is the most efficient and environmentally friendly option available.

 

Send Completed Applications to:

[log in to unmask]  

Closing date:

20 June 2008

Quoting Job Reference number:

214183

 

Applications should include the following: 

*	A completed application form.  If you wish to download an application form allowing you to e-mail your application back please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk/hr/forms/index.htm#recruitment 
*	A Curriculum Vitae/information requested on page 2 of the application form. 
*	Equal Opportunities Monitoring form found online, please visit: 

http://tldynamic.leeds.ac.uk/equalopps/

 

If you have decided to submit your application by post please return to  Catriona Healy, Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Leeds, 17 Springfield Mount, Leeds LS2 9JT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replies will be treated in complete confidence.

 

If you are selected for interview you can expect to hear from the University not later than 4 weeks after the closing date. If you are not selected for interview the University will not contact you again. 

 

Please note that if you are considering applying for this post you must be able to supply proof of the right to work in the UK.  We are obliged by European law to appoint people who are citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) where possible.  Where there are no skills shortages for a particular post it is highly unlikely that an appointment could be made outside the EU.

 

A Criminal Records Disclosure is not required for this position; however, applicants who have unspent convictions must indicate this in section 9 of the application form and must declare the nature of the conviction to the Recruitment and Administrative Co-ordinator.


 


Disabled Applicants


 

The post is located in 17 Springfield Mount.  Disabled applicants wishing to review access to the building are invited to contact the department direct.  Additional information may be sought from Disability Services, e-mail [log in to unmask] or tel +44 (0)113 343 3927.

 

Disabled applicants are not obliged to inform employers of their disability but will still be covered by the Disability Discrimination Act once their disability becomes known.

 


Data Protection


 

The information you provide in your application will be used to consider your suitability for the post for which you have applied.  If your application is not successful the information will be disposed of confidentially after 6 months.  If your application is successful and you are appointed, your information and future data will be processed in accordance with the University's Data Protection Code of Practice.  A copy of this code can be obtained from either the University's Human Resources Department or by visiting:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/hr/policy/index.htm


 


 

Health and Safety Responsibilities

 

You are required to adhere to and comply with the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act, related Regulations, and act in accordance with the University's Policy on Health and Safety which can be accessed via:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/safety

 

In addition you are also required to co-operate with regard to the implementation of the Health and Safety arrangements and should not interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interest of Health, Safety and Welfare at Work.

 

For more information on the University and terms and conditions of appointments please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk <http://www.leeds.ac.uk/> 

 

To find out what it's like to work at the University of Leeds, view our DVD online at:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/hr/jobs/dvd.htm 

 

Information for International staff moving to the UK can be found at: http://www.internationalstaff.org/




Equality and Diversity Statement


 

The University of Leeds is proud to be a multi-cultural community. We value diversity, and are determined to ensure:

*        that we treat all individuals fairly, with dignity and respect;

*        that the opportunities we provide are open to all;

*        that we provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment - for staff, for students and for visitors.

 

We recognise that we still have work to do to secure a truly inclusive community, and we are committed to a wide-ranging plan of action to tackle discrimination and to promote diversity.

 

The Equality and Diversity Statement forms part of the University's Equality and Diversity Policy, which applies to staff and students alike and is available on the University's website at: http://www.equality.leeds.ac.uk/ed/policy/

 

The University has published the following policy and code of practice which are linked to the Equality and Diversity policy. They are also available on the University's website:

*        The Race Equality Policy, 

*        The Code of Practice on Harassment and Bullying  

 

Further policies are being developed, and will be made available on the University's website in due course.

 

Further information and advice are available from The Equality Service, Telephone: +44 (0)113 343 3927 or by email to [log in to unmask]

 

 




 

 

University of Leeds Single Pay Spine and Grading Structure 07/08

 

 

 

August 2007

May 2008 

October 2008 

60

 

 

66,665

68,665

70,382

59

 

 

64,723

66,665

68,332

58

 

 

62,838

64,723

66,341

57

 

10b

61,008

62,838

64,409

56

 

 

59,231

61,008

62,533

55

 

 

57,507

59,232

60,712

54

 

10a

55,832

57,507

58,945

53

 

 

54,206

55,832

57,228

52

 

 

52,627

54,206

55,561

51

 

 

51,095

52,628

53,943

50

 

 

49,607

51,095

52,372

49

9

 

48,161

49,606

50,846

48

 

 

46,759

48,161

49,365

47

 

 

45,397

46,759

47,927

46

 

 

44,074

45,397

46,532

45

 

 

42,791

44,074

45,176

44

 

 

41,545

42,791

43,861

43

 

8

40,335

41,545

42,583

42

 

 

39,159

40,334

41,343

41

 

 

38,019

39,160

40,139

40

 

 

36,911

38,019

38,969

39

 

 

35,837

36,912

37,835

38

 

 

34,813

35,858

36,754

37

 

 

33,779

34,793

35,663

36

 

 

32,796

33,780

34,624

35

7

 

31,840

32,795

33,615

34

 

 

30,913

31,840

32,636

33

 

 

30,012

30,912

31,685

32

 

 

29,139

30,013

30,763

31

 

 

28,289

29,138

29,866

30

 

 

27,466

28,290

28,997

29

 

6

26,666

27,466

28,152

28

 

 

25,889

26,665

27,332

27

 

 

25,134

25,888

26,536

26

 

 

24,403

25,135

25,763

25

 

 

23,692

24,403

25,013

24

 

 

23,002

23,692

24,284

23

 

 

22,332

23,002

23,577

22

 

 

21,682

22,332

22,891

21

5

 

21,050

21,681

22,223

20

 

 

20,458

21,072

21,599

19

 

 

19,841

20,436

20,947

18

 

 

19,264

19,841

20,338

17

 

 

18,702

19,263

19,745

16

 

 

18,165

18,710

19,177

15

 

4

17,651

18,180

18,635

14

 

 

17,152

17,667

18,109

13

 

 

16,669

17,169

17,598

12

 

 

16,199

16,684

17,102

11

 

 

15,743

16,215

16,621

10

3

 

15,300

15,759

16,153

9

 

 

14,869

15,315

15,698

8

 

 

14,462

14,896

15,269

7

 

 

14,069

14,491

14,853

6

 

 

13,739

14,159

14,513

5

 

2

13,368

13,788

14,133

4

 

 

13,008

13,428

13,764

3

 

 

12,710

13,130

13,459

2

 

 

12,371

12,791

13,111

1

 

 

12,041

12,461

12,773

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

 

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