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Research Fellow (Trial Coordinator)

Health Sciences
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
32,817 to 40,322 a year
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Role Description


The York Trials Unit (YTU) is one of the UK’s leading centres for the design and analysis of randomised controlled trials.  Due to the continued success of the Unit, we are now seeking to appoint 2 new Trial Co-ordinators.  The posts offer the opportunity to be part of a large and successful multi-disciplinary Department, renowned for its methodological expertise and commitment to policy relevant research.

You will setup and coordinate trials working across several funded projects, prepare and submit documentation to obtain ethical approval and to coordinate final report writing and trial publications.

You will be encouraged to undertake dissemination of your research through publications, seminars and conference presentations and contribute to the identification of possible new areas of research.


  • To setup and co-ordinate trials working across several funded projects
  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • First degree in relevant subject area
  • MSc in relevant area, or in exceptional circumstances, substantial relevant experience
  • PhD in relevant subject areaor equivalentexperience is desirable
  • Knowledge of randomised controlled trial methodologies to engage in high quality research
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Knowledge of clinical trial monitoring, research governance and good clinical practice
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability and experience of writing up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Competency and experience to carry out both independent and collaborative research projects
  • Ability to design and undertake research relevant to the trial including preparation of documentation for ethical, R & D and other relevant approvals
  • Ability to contribute to the management of randomised controlled trials
  • Ability to work to standard operating procedures, follow trial guidance documents and use associated standardised forms appropriately
  • Skilled in use of range of computer software packages including Work, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Skilled in critical appraisal and systematic reviews is desirable
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative
  • Experience of contributing to the design and analysis of research and of co-ordinating randomised controlled trials
  • Experience of writing grant applications, standard operating procedures, trial guidance documents and/or associated forms and having good clinical practice training are desirable

These are new posts and the positions are available immediately.

Informal enquiries are welcome please contact Professor David Torgerson ( or Professor Catherine Hewitt (

It may become a requirement for anyone successfully appointed to this role to undertake an enhanced DBS check, in order to undertake specific project work. Appointees will be asked to declare any spent convictions at the point at which a project requires an enhanced DBS check. The enhanced DBS check will then be carried out before they undertake work relating to that specific project.

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