Research Associate in Epidemiology or Biostatistics

Job Reference : BM&H-09567
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 02/03/2017
Salary : £31,076 to £38,183 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Musculoskeletal & Dermatological Sciences
Hours Per week : 1 FTE
Contract Duration : 1 March 2017 until 31 July 2018

The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology (CfE), University of Manchester, Manchester UK, is considered to be the pre-eminent research group internationally undertaking research into the occurrence, causation, impact and outcome of the major musculoskeletal disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. It is the lead institution for the recently formed UK-Research in Musculoskeletal Epidemiology partnership (UK-RiME) which has a specific focus on training and collaborative research. The CfE fosters a strong programme of staff development and support.

The position will be of particular interest to a person with an epidemiological or biostatistics degree (or equivalent experience) who is looking for a role in studying longitudinally health data.  You will work on analyzing longitudinally collected data in two separate cohorts including patients with rheumatoid arthritis either commencing methotrexate or biologic therapy for the first time. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic auto-immune disease which may follow a progressive course characterized by persistent inflammatory synovitis and erosive joint damage that subsequently results in functional disability. This study is funded by Bristol Myers Squibb Ltd. (BMS) and the main objectives of the study are i) To compare disease activity and patient reported outcomes over time in patients with poor prognostic factors versus those without, ii) To evaluate the association between changes in from treatment initiation and disease activity and auto-antibodies (anti-CCP2) levels over time. Working closely with other members of the research team, the data-management team and the study coordinator you will prepare the dataset(s) for analysis including data cleaning, perform outcome verification, undertake descriptive statistics and longitudinal regression modeling, and apply other statistical techniques as appropriate (eg, multiple imputation), disseminate research findings at seminars and conferences, prepare papers for publication in peer reviewed journals. You will also be expected to supervise related work undertaken by students or other university staff           

What aspects of research will I gain:

Developing epidemiological and statistical skills in conducting research in large observational studies.

Present findings in peer reviewed scientific journals.

Attend national and international conferences.

Gain knowledge about epidemiological research in musculoskeletal research.

Liaise with researchers within the centre, the sponsor of the study and where possible other research groups within the University of Manchester.

Working on various epidemiological research projects in rheumatologic diseases within the centre.

In-house training will be provided.

Involvement in Social responsibility activities to present your research to patients and the wider public.

Involvement in the UK-Research in Musculoskeletal Epidemiology partnership (UK-RiME) which has a specific focus on training and collaborative research.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Suzanne Verstappen


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further Particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.