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Trainee Statistician

Health Sciences
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
25,941 to 31,866 a year
Interview Date
8th July 2021
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Role Description


The York Trials Unit is one of the UKs 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 a trainee statistician.  You will join a team of statisticians under the supervision of Professor Catherine Hewitt.  The post offers the opportunity to be part of a large and successful multi-disciplinary Department, renowned for its methodological expertise and commitment to policy relevant research.

A brief overview of the role, project and or department


You will develop strong foundations for a career in health services research.  Conduct high quality statistical analyses of trials, undertake statistical programming for checking, manipulating and summarising data, and provide on-going statistical advice during the development and conduct of trials.  You will liaise with trial managers to manage statistical and analytical aspects of the studies to ensure data quality. You will also 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. 

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

Key requirements: (see candidate briefs for more details):

  • A good first degree (usually 2:1 or above) in a relevant quantitative subject or, exceptionally substantial experience at an equivalent level
  • Willingness to undertake further postgraduate study
  • A basic knowledge of randomised controlled trials and their use in health research
  • Knowledge of how to design and analyse data from randomised controlled trials
  • Working knowledge of a statistical package and ability to undertake basic statistical programming (e.g. Stata[BS1] )
  • Ability to undertake basic data analysis of research relevant to randomised controlled trials
  • Ability to undertake basic statistical programming and explain statistical concepts in simple terms to individuals from non-technical backgrounds
  • Experience of managing and analysing data
  • Experience of summarising data in a report format
  • Understanding of how quantitative research data are presented and interpreted
  • Ability to use initiative in problem solving
  • Ability to log information in an efficient and accurate manner and cope under pressure while maintaining a high level of accuracy
  • Ability to work under supervision

For informal enquiries:   Informal enquiries welcome to Professor Catherine Hewitt (


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