Research Assistant (Statistics)

Updated: 2 days ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


School of Medicine



Research Assistant (Statistics)
Centre for Trials Research
College of Biomedical & Life Sciences

The Centre for Trials Research (CTR) at Cardiff University is the largest group of academic clinical trials staff in Wales, and has earned full UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registered status. The Centre tackles the big diseases and health concerns of our time, including growing resistance to antibiotics, early cancer diagnosis and how to eliminate health inequalities. It achieves this by forming partnerships with researchers and building lasting relationships with the public, whose participation is essential for the success of studies.

As part of our continued growth a new and exciting opportunity has arisen in the statistics team of the CTR. You will contribute to the design, management and analysis of research data for a range of trials. As a statistician in the CTR, you will also have the opportunity to present your research at internal research meetings as well as national and international conferences.
To be appointed at grade 5 (Research Assistant) we are looking for someone educated to degree or masters level in a mathematical science (or with equivalent relevant work experience in statistical analysis). We would particularly welcome applications from those with an MSc in medical statistics.

The CTR is staffed by a range of experts, including statisticians, trial managers, data managers, database programmers, health professionals and quality assurance officers. These staff work with clinicians and research groups to develop and complete trials from the basic idea through to publication in high-quality journals and disseminating the final results at national and international conferences and meetings. 

We are happy to consider applicants wishing to work part-time or full time and would welcome applications from underrepresented groups.  

For informal queries, please contact Chris Hurt, Senior Research Fellow on tel: 02920 687471 or email [email protected]
This post is full time (35 hours a week), available immediately and is open ended.

Salary: £27,511 - £31,866 per annum (Grade: 5). 

Date advert posted: Monday, 16 March 2020

Closing Date: Thursday, 16 April 2020

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main function

To contribute to research within statistics, carrying out supporting work that helps lead to the publishing of research in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


To undertake research with a focus on the planning and implementation of statistics

Actively participate within the research group, communicating and presenting research at meetings, through publications and other recognised avenues as appropriate, ensuring information is communicated to internal and external partners

To contribute to research publications and presentations as required

To analyse and communicate complex ideas, concepts and data using appropriate methods and packages 

To resolve issues and support senior colleagues in devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting

To generate research output and contribute to the development of  independent  and original ideas as appropriate

To provide support in research activities for undergraduate courses and research programmes and provide guidance to junior members of staff within the research team

To maintain and update area of specialist knowledge, researching and critically appraising relevant literature within the area.

Ensure that work is undertaken and documented in a regulatory compliant way and be prepared for regular audits and inspections, as well as contributing to the development of the quality management system for the area of statistics.


To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.

To participate in administration and activities to promote the Centre and its work to the wider University and the outside world

Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria 

Qualifications and Education

1.A degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2.Knowledge of research methods and techniques in statistics

3.Proven ability to analyse complex information and summaries appropriately

4.Specialist knowledge of appropriate trial governance, systems and processes in relation to statistics

5.Experience of working with a range of non-statisticians

Communication and Team Working

6.Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences

7.Excellent organisational and team-working skills


8.Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and teamworking within work

Desirable Criteria 

9.PhD in a relevant discipline

10.Evidence of collaborations with industry.

11.Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community. 

12.A commitment to high quality patient and public involvement

13.Fluency in Welsh, written and oral

Additional Information

IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

It is the School of Medicine's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 9731BR

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The School of Medicine welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

Job Category

Academic - Research

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