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Medical Statistician
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Recruiter: The Wellcome Sanger Institute
Listed on: 12th November
Location: Cambridge, UK
Salary Notes: Competitive + Benefits
Type: Contract
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 83716
Contact Name: The Wellcome Sanger Institute

We seek an experienced Medical Statistician to analyse high-dimensional data arising from the integration of molecular, genomic and imaging data with clinical information from electronic health records to identify causal risk factors associated with a range of diseases. The post-holder will have access to rich, unique datasets from multiple population and patient cohorts, which include genetic, multi-omic and EHR data. This post will be co-supervised between HDR UK-Cambridge and the MRC Biostatistics Unit, providing access to statistical and health informatics expertise.

Candidates should have: i) a Masters or PhD in Statistics or another relevant subject; ii) strong statistical/quantitative skills and knowledge of high-dimensional statistical methods (eg. LASSO, ridge regression); iii) excellent statistical programming skills (e.g. Stata, R); iv) high-level report writing and presentation skills and; v) excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Health Data Research UK is the new national institute for data science for health, established in 2018 with long term (10 year+) funding support from research councils, UKRI, charitable and governmental research funders. The mission of HDR UK is to drive improvements in the health of patients and populations through research at regional and national scale. To deliver this mission, the Wellcome Sanger Institute (WSI), EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), and the University of Cambridge (UoC) and its associated hospitals came together as the HDR UK-Cambridge partnership.

Health Data Research UK is funded by UK Research and Innovation, Department of Health (England) and the UK devolved administrations, and leading medical research charities.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) Biostatistics Unit (BSU) is one of the largest groups of biostatisticians in Europe, and a major centre for research, training and knowledge transfer in biostatistics.

Essential Skills

  • Masters or PhD in Statistics or another relevant subject
  • Strong statistical/quantitative skills and knowledge of high-dimensional statistical methods (eg. LASSO, ridge regression)
  • Excellent statistical programming skills (e.g. Stata, R) 
  • High-level report writing and presentation skills 
  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to judge priorities and work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to be productive and energetic
  • Ability to work to targets both independently and within a team environment
  • Ability to ensure accuracy and rigour in all areas of work
  • Ability to correctly interpret scientific data 

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of relevant statistical approaches, eg, joint models for the analysis of longitudinal and time-to-event model or Mendelian randomisation
  • Analysis of large, complex epidemiological datasets
  • A track record of authoring scientific publications
  • Experience of version control (e.g. GIT)  

Other information

Please include a CV and a cover letter describing your skills with your application.

Closing Date: 01 December 2019

About Us

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics research centre. We undertake large-scale research that forms the foundations of knowledge in biology and medicine. Our findings are used to improve health and to understand life on Earth. Find out more at www.sanger.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter, FacebookLinkedInYoutube and on our Blog

Our campus
Set across 130 acres, just outside of Cambridge, The Sanger Institute is located on the stunning Wellcome Genome Campus. Home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity's greatest challenges.

Our benefits:
There's an attractive benefits package on offer at the Genome Wellcome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
  • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site


Being part of the Genome Wellcome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

Find out more about our Genome Wellcome Campus.We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.

closing date is 01/12/19



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