Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (Medical Statistician) - MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL

University College London

London, UK

Application Deadline
£38,308 - £55,805

About us

UCL Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology was established on 1st August 2013 and is formally comprised of two research departments: The MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL (MRC CTU) and the Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at UCL (CCTU).

The Institute is a centre of excellence for the conduct of all phases of clinical trials, meta-analysis, and epidemiological studies, across a range of diseases. Key areas of focus for the Institute are continuing to deliver innovations in trial methodology to improve outcomes for patients and training and developing the next generation of trialists. The Institute works with academic collaborators in more than 60 countries worldwide and a significant number of commercial partners.

The MRC Clinical Trials Unit is at the forefront of resolving internationally important questions, primarily in infectious diseases, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. A key goal is to deliver swifter and more effective translation of scientific research into patient and public health benefits. We do this by carrying out challenging and innovative studies and developing and implementing methodological advances in study design, conduct and analysis. The MRC CTU at UCL is a UKCRC registered trials unit.

We are seeking statisticians to work within our friendly multi-disciplinary teams on trials and observational studies in infections. Initially postholders will work on HIV and/or TB. HIV trials include the D3 trial, a treatment trial evaluating two drug antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected children compared with standard triple drug therapy, and other paediatric/adolescent HIV trials evaluating different treatment strategies. TB trials include treatment trials evaluating treatment shortening, as well as novel regimens within phase 2. There are also opportunities to lead on secondary analyses and to co-author publications. arising from recently completed trials and to work on observational studies.

We are working flexibly in a hybrid pattern with a minimum of 40% in the office.

These posts are funded for 2 years in the first instance.

About the role

We are recruiting for positions at Grade 7 Research Fellow and Grade 8 Senior Research Fellow (Medical Statistician), depending on candidate experience.

Statisticians at both grades will work independently on day-to-day statistical aspects of their projects, with support from senior statisticians, and will contribute scientifically to study teams. Grade 8 statisticians are additionally expected to work closely with other senior staff to shape research proposals and outputs and to support junior statisticians.

Postholders will be part of a wider group of junior and senior statisticians working at the Unit, for whom there are opportunities for skills and career development, both in terms of statistics and more broadly in terms of research careers.

About you

Applicants should have a post-graduate qualification in statistics, coupled with a thorough understanding of statistical concepts and practical experience of using statistical methods for design and analysis in medical research. It is essential that they are confident Stata or SAS users and able to write programs independently. They should be able to take initiative, prioritise and organise their own workloads. Experience of teaching would be advantageous. Experience working in or with the pharmaceutical industry would also be valuable as several trials are providing licensing data.

Posts are available for two years in the first instance. A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. To apply please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Further information about the Institute is available via the MRC CTU at UCL website:

To arrange an informal discussion please contact Debbie Ford for HIV ( or Angela Crook for TB ( If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact

What we offer

The salary offered will be at Grade 7 (£38,308 - £46,155) or Grade 8 (£47,414 - £55,805) per annum depending on skills and experience.

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents we also offer some great benefits some of which are below:

  • 41 Days holiday (including 27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
  • Hybrid Final Salary Pension Scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
  • On-Site nursery
  • On-site gym
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service
  • Discounted medical insurance

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong.

We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce.

These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women.

You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here :

Closing Date: 12-Feb-2023

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