Research Fellow in Medical Statistics (EPH-MS-21)

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Category: Academic | Department: Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health | Closing Date: 08 Dec 2017 | The Department of Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine collaborates with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford on a program of applied and methodological statistical research. The statistician appointed to this position will work on projects that are part of this collaboration. The collaboration is led at LSHTM by Professor Chris Frost, and by Professor Michael Sharpe and Dr. Jane Walker in Oxford. It focusses on research questions in psychological medicine, which is the interface between psychiatry and the rest of medicine and applies to large populations worldwide. As part of their work the statistician will act as trial statistician on the HOME trial, a newly NIHR-funded multi-centre randomised controlled trial investigating whether offering proactive liaison psychiatry to older people admitted to hospital can reduce time spent in hospital and/or improve patient outcomes . The other component of the work will involve carrying out further statistical analyses of data from trials and epidemiological studies that have already been completed, with a focus on statistical issues such as causal modelling and mediation. The trials include the SMaRT Oncology-2 and 3 trials, which found evidence for the effectiveness of a depression management program in patients with cancer. The epidemiological data includes both cross sectional and long-term follow-up data from more than 20,000 patients screened for depression whilst attending cancer clinics. Candidates should have an MSc or equivalent in Medical Statistics and a track record of effective participation as a statistician in medical research projects that is commensurate with time spent in relevant employment. They should have an aptitude for methodological and applied research in statistics and some experience of clinical trials. For further details see the job description. The post is available immediately, based in London, and is currently funded until 31st March 2020. Salary will be on the Academic Research Fellow scale in the range £38,533 - £41,837 per annum inclusive. The post will be subject to LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the USS Pension Scheme is available.  Applications should be made on-line via our website The reference for this post is EPH-MS-21. Applications should include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable. Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.
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