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Medical Statistician / RDS Consultant Position, Department for Health, University of Bath


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NIHR Research Design Service South West (Bath)

Department for Health

Medical Statistician / RDS Consultant (fixed-term until September 2013)

Salary - £29,853 - £32,620 p.a.

The Department for Health at the University of Bath is seeking to appoint a Medical Statistician to augment the statistical support provided within the department to a growing portfolio of successful NIHR applications and deliver a range of support services available through the NIHR Research Design Service, South West (RDS-SW).

The RDS-SW is funded by the National Institute for Health Research to support health and social care researchers in developing research ideas into successful grant applications. A key part of the service will be face-to-face meetings with people who have research ideas. As proposals develop, staff with specific expertise will become involved so that a full range of support can be provided. A vital part of the work will be helping to build effective research teams with all the necessary skills and ensuring users and carers are involved in the research process.

The postholder will be expected to provide quantitative research design expertise for external grant applications to multidisciplinary teams of researchers within the South West Region as well as support a range of successful applications within the Department for Health. In addition the post-holder will be strongly encouraged and supported in developing grant applications in their own research area.

We have strong links with all NHS organisations and Universities in the South West and with RDS’s elsewhere in England. We also have close connections with relevant NHS research systems, including Research Ethics Committees and Research Governance staff.

The postholder will work under the supervision of the Lead for the Bath RDS office / Senior Lecturer, Dr Gordon Taylor.

Applicants should have a postgraduate qualification, ideally at doctoral level, in a related subject with experience in medical statistics and/or epidemiology. The successful applicant will possess the ability to manage and organise the development of applied research grant applications, working as part of a research team. Excellent interpersonal and highly developed IT skills are also important for this position.

Further information can be obtained from Dr Gordon Taylor, Email or Tel 01225 384515.


NIHR Partner Criteria: Non-commercial funding organisations list.

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The Department of Health has made available the list of non-commercial funding organisations that meet the NIHR Partner criteria; the criteria for the automatic eligibility of a study to be adopted onto the NIHR Portfolio include it being funded by one of these organisations:

Please note: if an organisation that funds research is not present on this list, it does not necessarily mean that a study funded by that organisation will be ineligible for Portfolio adoption. Organisations that have not yet been assessed for NIHR Partner status will be required to complete the application process. The Department of Health will not be making available a list of organisations who have failed to meet the NIHR Partner organisation criteria in the past, however.

Studies funded by overseas organisations and investigator initiated trials (commercially funded, non-commercially sponsored) will continue to be assessed on a case by case basis.

This document will be updated every two weeks by the NIHR CRN CC.


Health Innovation Challenge Fund

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Applications are now open for the latest theme in the Health Innovation Challenge Fund, addressing the monitoring of individuals with long-term health problems.

This third call focuses on chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, heart failure and dementia that at present can only be controlled not cured.

The Health Innovation Challenge Fund (HICF) is a £100 million, five-year parallel funding partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health. The funders are collaborating to stimulate the creation of innovative healthcare products, technologies and interventions, and facilitate their development for the benefit of patients in the NHS and beyond. The HICF will have a succession of thematic calls for proposals, each selected to focus on unmet needs in healthcare relevant to the NHS.

The deadline for preliminary applications is 1 October 2010.