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Professor of Clinical Trial Statistics and Director/Co-Director Of Manchester CTU
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: BM&H-12010

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 30/09/2018

Salary: Professorial pay scale

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine & Health

Division: Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Permanent

The University of Manchester wishes to appoint to the post of Professor of Clinical Trial Statistics and Director/Co-Director of Manchester CTU (depending upon relevant experience). This is a leadership role, key to progressing and developing the strategy for the expansion of the Manchester CTU and part of a major initiative to both develop clinical trials capacity and to expand and strengthen methodological research and training within the Faculty. The post holder will join the Centre for Biostatistics located in the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care.

The University together with Health Innovation Manchester through the Manchester CTU wish to increase the volume and quality of trials conducted in Manchester, to increase income from government grants, charities and industry, to increase the number of internationally leading trials publications and to make a significant beneficial impact on patient and population health. Health Innovation Manchester is committed to substantial investments into the development of a Greater Manchester-wide clinical trials coordination unit – capable of providing world-class randomised controlled trials throughout the whole spectrum of medical, clinical and health services research. This post will have a key role in leading these developments.

The postholder will also have an academic base in the Centre for Biostatistics as Professor of Clinical Trial Statistics. The Centre engages in research into statistical methods arising from collaborative research undertaken with colleagues across the Faculty and has developed an international reputation for innovative statistical research, excellent teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration. The postholder would be expected to further this work integrating methodological with collaborative research according to their areas of expertise.

Candidates will have an outstanding track record in published research and grant awards along with extensive knowledge of clinical trials, epidemiological methods and health services research. Candidates will be able to show a track record in clinical trials design and delivery. An international reputation evidenced by, for example, journal editorial and grant awarding board membership is essential for appointment at this level.

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 CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof Andy Vail, Centre Lead for Biostatistics



Name: Prof Kevin O’Brien, Director of the Manchester CTU


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

Date of external posting: 12 May 2018

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

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