Requisition ID:  25955


Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term

Working Pattern:  Full Time

Posted Date:  10 Aug 2023

Salary: £33,966 per annum

Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

Closing Date: 07 September 2023

We are seeking a Research Associate/Assistant in statistics to the 3-year Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council funded project SaFEGen: A Statistical Framework for efficient Evidence Generation in diagnostics. The aim of SaFEGen is to reduce the time to market of diagnostics by developing integrated statistical methods for the design and analysis of diagnostic studies at all development stages. The project is a collaboration between the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics, the Biostatistics Research group (BRG) in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (MIC).

The role comprises the development of statistical methodology for diagnostic test development, specifically:

•    A systematic review of adaptive and seamless designs in diagnostics
•    Developing methods for seamless designs in diagnostic test development
•    Developing methods for adaptive designs in diagnostic test development
•    Extensions to multi-arm multi-stage designs and master protocols

We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment.

This is a full time hours (37 per week) position, with a fixed duration up until the project end date of 31.12.2026
To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement, and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy, please contact Dr Kevin Wilson (

For further details about School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, please click here
Full Information about Newcastle University can be found here.

Key Accountabilities 
The role is at the Research Associate/Assistant level, based within the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics. The successful candidate will undertake the schedule of work as outlined in the SaFEGen project, working with Dr Kevin Wilson (MSP), Professor James Wason (BRG), Dr Clare Lendrem (MIC) and the rest of the SaFEGen team.  
The Person 
Knowledge, Skills and Experience  

•    Expertise in Bayesian inference 
•    Advanced programming skills in R 
•    Experience of writing research papers for high-quality peer reviewed journals. 
•    Knowledge of adaptive and/or seamless designs in clinical trials 
•    Expertise in statistical methods in diagnostic testing 
•    Experience of conducting systematic reviews or formal literature reviews. 
Attributes and Behaviour 
•    Demonstrable commitment to the values of equality and diversity in your work. 
•    A positive attitude and ability to act as a role model to students and colleagues. 
•    High level of problem-solving ability and attention to detail 
•    Excellent oral and written communicator; ability to communicate with a variety of individuals. 
•    Proficient time management skills 
•    An ability to work independently under supervision and as part of a multidisciplinary team. 

•    PhD in Statistics or a closely related discipline (awarded or in submission) 

Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.

At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.

In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 25955

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