Statistician Job Careers – Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI

Job Title:       Statistician
Organization: Medical
Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI 
Duty Station: 
Entebbe, Uganda
Reports to: Head
of Medical Statistics & Head of Programme – NCD
Position Code: STAT419
About US:
The MRC/UVRI Uganda
Virus Research Unit on AIDS was established following a request in 1988 from
the Uganda Government to the British Government for collaboration on the
research of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired
Immunodeficiency. The Unit is a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS related
research. It conducts large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies,
clinical trials, virological and immunological research and behavioural
studies, and has generated a wealth of research results that have been used to
inform policy and practice that have led to a large number of scientific
publications in peer reviewed journals over time.
Job Summary:   The Statistician will join a research programme that is aimed
at understanding the burden and drivers of NCDs (with a major focus on
diabetes) in Uganda, and why these disorders may manifest differently in Africa
compared to high-income countries. A particular area of interest is the potential
interactions between infection, notably HIV, and NCDs. Other areas of research
include designing and testing interventions to improve care of chronic
conditions. The post holder will be based at the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda
Research Unit in Entebbe and will be a key member of the Unit’s NCD phenotype
research programme. The main responsibilities of the post holder will be
to provide statistical support in the design and conduct of clinical trials,
epidemiological studies and community-based interventions carried out by the
programme, and to carry out statistical analysis of data from these projects
and prepare the results for publication. The post holder will be a member of
the Unit’s Medical Statistics and Data Management section which currently has
eight statisticians (including three PhD candidates), and over 30 other data
personnel who work in data management, programming, transcription and
archiving. The post-holder will be expected to make occasional visits to our
study clinics, sites and communities and s/he may occasionally be required to
stay overnight at one of our research stations around the Uganda. There may
also be occasional travel to take part in conferences or meeting nationally and
internationally. The post holder will also be encouraged to contribute to the
Unit’s training and teaching activities and will be expected to provide
statistical support and advice to the research programme’s lab technicians,
project leaders and PhD candidates. You will be responsible to Program Head who
leads the NCD phenotype research programme and Head of Statistic who heads the
Medical Statistics section.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • To provide statistical support for
    studies carried out by the research programme, and in particular to assist
    with issues relating to study design, sampling and field procedures,
    quality control activities, data collection and statistical analysis;
  • Maintaining close collaborative links
    with statisticians and other researchers at Exeter University, UK, as well
    as with other international partners.
  • To contribute to the management of
    ongoing studies;
  • To collaborate with data managers and
    provide a statistical perspective on designing and setting up study
    databases and data processing;
  • Perform statistical analysis of
    project-collected data;
  • Actively contribute to the development
    and preparation of protocols and data collection instruments for new
    research studies;
  • To develop statistical analysis plans
    for ongoing trials and to organise and prepare for milestone events such
    as database lock, unblinding, analysis and reporting;
  • To prepare regular views on study data
    to help project management teams monitor recruitment and other data flows
    and data quality issues during the conduct of a study;
  • To conduct interim analyses for data
    monitoring committees and trial steering committees;
  • To prepare scientific reports and
    present results in meetings with colleagues and collaborators;
  • Progress scientific articles and prepare
    publication-standard tables and figures
  • Perform additional tasks as required by
    the Principal Investigator or Head of Statistics.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Medical Research
    Council (MRC) UK / UVRI) Statistician job placement must hold a
    Master’s degree in statistics (post-graduate qualifications in
    epidemiology, mathematics or equivalent data-related field with a strong
    statistical analysis component will also be considered);
  • Practical experience as an applied
    medical statistician;
  • Strong analytical skills and a good
    understanding of statistical issues in medical research;
  • Excellent statistical programming skills
    using STATA or equivalent statistical analysis software;
  • Strong computer skills including
    proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and in particular with
    Excel and Word;
  • Experience working internationally, e.g.
    within a UK-based group of statisticians;
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Very good written and oral communication
    skills in English;
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Genuine interest in NCD research
Desirable
  • Experience in the design and analysis of
    clinical trials;
  • Knowledge or experience of epidemiology
    and public health.
  • Experience working with specialised
    database software such as OpenClinica, ODK, REDCap, Access or similar;
  • Record of scientific publications in
    peer-reviewed journals;
How to Apply:
The candidates
should send their application letters, curriculum vitae including names, email
addresses and telephone contact details of three (3) referees, plus copies of
academic qualifications should be e-mailed to recruitment@mrcuganda.org.
NB: Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email:
STAT419. Please also fill the following online form accordingly after
submitting the application documents on the e-mail above. Click Here
Address to:
The Human Resource
and Administration Manager
MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM
Uganda Research Unit
P.O. Box, 49
Entebbe.
Uganda
NB: Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Note that academic
qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing
institutions. Please note that the Unit became part of the London School
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine effective 1st February 2018.
Deadline: 29th April 2019
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