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MRC Programme Leader-track, SRA level

The MRC Biostatistics Unit is one of Europe's leading biostatistics research institutions. Our focus is to deliver new analytical and computational strategies based on sound statistical principles for the challenging tasks facing biomedicine and public health.

We are now seeking to make a number of Programme Leader-track appointments to develop independent scientific programmes to complement the Unit's established research portfolio. These positions are aimed at ambitious researchers who are ready to take the next step towards becoming a Principal Investigator. Successful applicants will be given the resources and support to establish a new group with the expectation of an accelerated personal and career development towards Programme Leader/Principal Research Associate level within 5-6 years.

We welcome applicants interested in developing an independent research programme within any of our broad research areas. Current research areas include: (i) Statistical Omics (SOMX), (ii) Precision Medicine and Inference for Complex Outcomes (PREM), (iii) Design and Analysis of Randomised Trials (DART), and (iv) Statistical methods Using data Resources to improve Population Health (SURPH). Of particular interest would be programmes that strengthen the DART and PREM themes.

Successful applicants will receive a flexible funding package including a Research Associate position, in addition to research operating costs and set-up funding. They will also have the opportunity to attract PhD students with access to the Unit's established fully-funded PhD programme, while postdoctoral group staff will benefit from the University of Cambridge's extensive career development training portfolio.

The successful candidate will have no responsibility for undergraduate teaching as the Biostatistics Unit is exclusively research orientated. Core-funding from the Medical Research Council gives long-term support for ambitious projects, ensuring that staff can focus on their research.

Applicants should have a strong research portfolio and clearly demonstrate the strategic awareness to develop their programme into one with an international track record of relevant independent research with 5-6 years.

The Unit is situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the world's most vibrant centres of biomedical research, which includes the University of Cambridge's Clinical School, two major hospitals, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and the world headquarters of Astra Zeneca. The new group will also have access to the excellent infrastructure and opportunities for integrating their research in the University of Cambridge.

The Unit is actively seeking to increase diversity among its staff, including promoting an equitable representation of men and women. The Unit therefore especially encourages applications from women, from minority ethnic groups and from those with non-standard career paths. Appointment will be made on merit. The post is full-time but applications are welcome from those who would like to work flexibly

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Sylvia Richardson (

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date is 20th February 2019, with interview dates to be confirmed

Applications should include a covering letter and full CV, an outline of current research interests (1 page) and a proposal for future 5 year research programme (up to 2 pages), highlighting potential connections with current research areas in the Unit. Please provide a list giving the top 5 papers highlighting for each the relevance and contribution of these papers. Please also provide the names and addresses of three professional referees who have agreed to be contacted prior to interview.

Please quote reference SL17974 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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