Current Vacancies

Currently 71 scientists and support staff make up the MRC Biostatistics Unit, with about 58 directly carrying out research, in four distinctive research theme groups led by ten Programme Leaders. Around 16 of the researchers are PhD students – see PhD at BSU for postgraduate opportunities.

The BSU places a strong emphasis on training the statisticians of the future. Through our Career Development and PhD programmes we are committed to filling the strategic skills gap in statistics identified by Professor Adrian Smith FRS in 2010.

Furthermore the Unit provides a unique environment in which researchers apply their statistical and mathematical knowledge to real data to solve real problems.

For more information about the Unit, and the attractive environment in which we work, please visit our Working at BSU section.

Job Title: Masters-level Internships
Salary: £21,733 - £25,463
Band: Band 5
Contract Type: Fixed term. - 3 - 9 months
Hours: Full-time, 36 hours per week
Closing Date: 8th July (positions remain open until filled, however, priority will be given to those who apply before 8th July 2016)

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Overall purpose:

To assist researchers in preparing, performing and evaluating statistical analysis under the guidance of the Programme Leader, Senior Investigator Statistician or Investigator Statistician.  Under this programme, successful applicants will be employed by the Unit to undertake work which contributes to the Unit’s collaboration with the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Cambridge.

The benefits to be gained by the intern may include:

Learning how to analyse complex data

Learning about data recording and analysis

Taking part in team discussions about research issues

Having the opportunity to observe other researchers at work

Interacting with graduates to help with the postholder’s career decisions

Main duties / key responsibilities:

The job will involve primarily statistical analysis and will require research to be planned and executed carefully under the guidance of the line manager and others. Solutions and new approaches will come from consulting others, reading the literature and integrating knowledge from multiple sources.

Specific duties may include:

Data analysis

Reading literature/databases

Assisting in the documentation of ongoing research

Working relationships:

The postholder will report to the Programme Leader, Senior Investigator Statistician or Investigator Statistician and will interact with other group members/colleagues.

Additional information:

Responsibility will be for the postholder’s own work only.

To view and download the full Job Description, click here: Masters-level Internship JD and Person Spec

How to Apply:

The Unit has a number of research themes and would welcome applications from candidates with an interest in working in these areas.

The Unit has a variety of available projects. For more information, please click here.

To find out more about the Unit's research and possible projects, please click here.

To apply, please complete an Application Form and forward your CV and cover letter to: quoting Reference Number MRCBSU00012.

To download an Application Form, click here: Application Form

Closing date for applications: 8th July 2016 (the positions remain open until filled, however, priority will be given to those who apply before 8th July 2016)


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