Biostatistician - Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit - 58990 - Grade 7

University of Birmingham

United Kingdom

June 30, 2021


Biostatistician - Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit - 58990 - Grade 7 - (210000X0)


Position Details

Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792

Grade 7

Full time / Fixed Term Contract for up to 2 years

Closing Date: 30 June 2021

Job Purpose

The post holder will provide statistical expertise and advice on the design, conduct and analysis of Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit's (CRCTU) clinical trials and allied research. Biostatisticians play a central role in the Unit, actively liaising with clinical investigators, contributing to the design and conduct of clinical trials, being responsible for interim and final analysis of clinical trial data and having a key role in the presentation and publication of results. As academic members of the University, Biostatisticians contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide statistical advice for the design of clinical trials and related studies, and contribute to protocols and grant applications, under the mentorship of a Senior Biostatistician.

• Determine appropriate analysis of clinical trial data and write statistical analysis plans for trials, under the mentorship of a Senior Biostatistician.

• Undertake appropriate analysis of clinical trial data and prepare reports for Data Monitoring and Steering Committees and contribute to presentations and publications of clinical trial results.

• Collaborate on relevant trial-related projects with researchers in other departments within the University of Birmingham in terms of the provision of statistical advice and/or analysis of data.

• Liaise with Programmers and Trial Coordinators in the setting up of a randomisation process and development of data collections forms and databases for trials.

• Provide statistical analysis to assist Trial Coordinators in the running of trials and monitor data quality of on-going trials.

• Contribute to the writing of the Standard Operating Procedures for the CRCTU.

• Lecture on basic statistics and clinical trial methodology and provide in- house staff training.

• Carry out statistical methodological research relevant to cancer clinical trials and associated translational research in collaboration with senior members of the Biostatistics Team and contribute to presentations and publications of such research.

• Support the delivery of clinical research in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP), the Declaration of Helsinki, applicable legislation (including, but not limited to, the Medicines for Human Use Clinical Trials Regulations, Data Protection Act 1998, Human Tissue Act), the Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care, Caldicott principals, and applicable NHS Trust and University policies and procedures, (including, but not limited to the University's Data Protection Policy, Information Security Policy and Code of Practice for Research) in order to protect the research subject and the quality of each study.

• Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Pursuit of post-graduate qualifications or personal research interests is encouraged, providing the work is agreed in advance, is of sufficient merit and time is available such that trial work would not suffer.

Person Specification

The individual suitable for this post would have some experience or specific qualifications in medical statistics and would be capable of working with minimal supervision as a statistician on trials relating to a number of the key disease areas covered by the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit within a fairly short time of appointment.

• MSc or PhD in Statistics OR a relevant higher degree with experience (at least 2 years) of working as an applied Medical Statistician.

• Knowledge of survival analysis and statistical modelling.

• Knowledge of statistical packages.

• Knowledge of clinical trials.

• An ability to impart statistical concepts to non-statisticians.

• An ability to work well both on own initiative and within a team.

• Evidence of good inter-personal, verbal and written communication skills.

• A flexible attitude and an ability to organise work to meet deadlines while handling more than one task at a time.

• Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

Further particulars can be found here: https:// www.

For informal enquiries, please contact Lucinda Billingham, email: ( or Aimee Jackson, email:

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

Primary Location

: GB-GB-Birmingham

Work Locations


Cancer Research Clinical Trials Unit, 1st Floor

Robert Aitken Building, Vincent Drve The University of BirminghamEdgbaston

Birmingham B15 2TT


: Academic Non-clinical


: Cancer and Genomic Sciences


: Temporary


Job Posting

: 09.06.2021, 6:00:00 AM

Grade (for job description): Grade 7

Salary (Pay Basis)

: 30,942.00

Maximum Salary

: 42,792.00

Advert Close Date

: 01.07.2021, 5:59:00 AM