Scientist Statistician A Job Careers – Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Job Title:    Scientist Statistician A

Organisation: Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda

Position Code: SSA – 521

Reports to: Head of Statistics & Head of General Population Cohort (GPC)


About US:

The Medical Research Council (MRC UK) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. Following the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018. The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts.


Job Summary: To provide statistical support to the GPC, Well Being of Older People (WOPS), the GPC Covid19 surveillance study among others studies. He/she will be tasked with estimation of HIV incidence and prevalence trends in the GPC and analysis of other aspects of GPC and related studies. He/she will lead the statistical aspects of the design, conduct and analysis of epidemiological research studies including but not limited to clinical trials and observational studies. He/she will provide statistical input during application for funding and preparation of scientific manuscripts for publications. Participate in the training of epidemiological and/or statistical courses in the Unit.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the analysis of the data from the general population cohort in Kyamulibwa aimed at tracking the general population HIV trends required by the Uganda Ministry of Health and other partners;
  • Contribute to proposal writing and protocol development by providing advice on statistical methods and study designs appropriate for these studies;
  • Participate in study planning: calculate study sample size; handle randomization tasks; advise on sampling and study designs; participate in development of study tools; train data collectors; and develop the complete Statistical Analysis plans in conjunction with the study PIs and other study personnel;
  • Maintaining close collaborative links with statisticians and other researchers at MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit as well as with other international partners;
  • To contribute to the management of ongoing studies;
  • Prepare for milestone events such as database lock, unblinding, analysis and reporting;
  • To prepare regular checks 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;
  • Disseminate research outputs through high-impact publications;
  • To contribute to the Statistics section’s collegial environment including through teaching and training activities and participation in regular academic/journal club meetings; and,
  • To undertake additional tasks as required by the Principal Investigator or Head of Statistics or assigned supervisor.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • MSc in Medical Statistics or closely related subject;
  • Possession of a PhD in Medical Statistics or closely related subject discipline is an added advantage;
  • At least 8 years’ experience working as a statistician in a clinical research setting;
  • Experience analysing data from general population cohorts or that from serial cross sectional surveys;
  • Reasonable experience contributing to statistical aspects of grant writing and/or study protocols;
  • Should possess experience writing data management and statistical analysis plans and presenting final study reports;
  • Experience of dissemination of research results through scientific manuscripts;
  • Experience working with specialized database software such as OpenClinica, ODK, REDCap, MS Access or similar;
  • Experience in handling large volumes of medical research data;
  • Experience in conducting epidemiological and/or statistical training courses;
  • Should have good understanding of data management role and procedures in clinical research;
  • Should have a proven track record as a statistician on research studies and ability to shape the design and analysis of ongoing projects;
  • Should also possesses strong management and leadership skills together with excellent communication, influencing, negotiating and engagement skills; and,
  • Should have excellent statistical programming skills using STATA or equivalent statistical analysis software.


How to Apply:

All candidates should follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application documentation:


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Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during short listing.

Combine all your application documentation i.e. cover letter, CV & academic documents into one PDF document.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only. Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification. Only online applications through the provided link will be accepted. You will receive a notification in your email if your application and documentation have been successfully received. In the event you are selected as the best candidate for the job, it will be a requirement to present certified copies of academic documents prior to contracting.


The applications should be addressed to:

The Head of Human Resources,

MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,

P.O. Box, 49,

Entebbe, Uganda.


Consider your application unsuccessful if not contacted within eight (8) weeks after the closing date of the advert. Any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to automatic disqualification.  By submitting your personal information, you consent to the MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit holding and using it in accordance with its recruitment policy and procedure. The Unit reserves the right to verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to authenticate their validity


Deadline: 4th June 2021 at 5:00pm


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