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Research Associates in Epidemiology or Biostatistics (2 posts)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: BMH-015555

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/08/2020

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine & Health

School/ Directorate: Musculoskeletal & Dermatological Sciences

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: 12 months

We have an exciting and diverse opportunity for two Research Associates to join a team of experienced researchers and epidemiologists. The Manchester Biologic Studies Group manages some of the largest detailed prospective cohort studies assessing drug safety in inflammatory autoimmune diseases in adults and children in the world. Although you will be working on different studies you will be part of a wider group of statisticians, researchers and epidemiologists.

Post 1: Research Associate with the BSRBR-RA
You will be working primarily on the BSRBR-RA study ( which is currently tracking 25,000 participants with rheumatoid arthritis receiving biologics/other new targeted therapies. You may also work across a number of other similar studies within the Group’s established team of researchers/analysts/epidemiologists.

In addition to contributing to a rolling programme of research, your job would consist, among other things, of processing and reporting safety data to pharmaceutical and academic researchers to improve the knowledge of drug safety in inflammatory autoimmune diseases. This includes assisting with both regular 6 monthly safety reports as well as ad hoc requests for reports from the participating pharmaceutical companies and medicines regulators.

You should hold a PhD (epidemiology or medical statistics) or have equivalent experience. You should also have experience of analysing and presenting numerical quantitative research data. Furthermore, you should have experience with statistical software packages (STATA preferred but not essential) and excellent IT skills including experience of using Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and Powerpoint. You will need excellent communication skills including being able to present complex data analysis and results to colleagues and lay audiences. It is important that you are able to work independently and seek out support from relevant individuals to help inform project work.

Post 2: Research Associate with BADBIR
You will be working on the British Association of Dermatologists Biologics and Immunomodulators Register (BADBIR;, a long-term pharmacovigilance register of psoriasis patients receiving biologic or conventional systemic therapies. Established in 2007 BADBIR has 20,000 registrations and is the world’s largest such registry for psoriasis.

You will develop an understanding of the data collected, the complex needs of all BADBIR stakeholders and statistical / epidemiological methods to address limitations with the dataset.

You will also assist study staff, students and external stakeholders working on the data. Excellent communication skills are required to effectively tailor and convey information to these groups including lay audiences where required.

A PhD in epidemiology or equivalent is required. You should have excellent organisational skills, the ability to work well both in a team and using your own initiative. Experience of working with confidential data and experience of using statistical software is essential.
As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Post 1:
Name: Professor Kimme Hyrich, Director
Post 2:
Name: Professor Chris Giffiths OBE

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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