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Current opportunities to join the Usher Institute.

A summary of current Usher Institute vacancies is provided below. Applications usually close at 5pm on the noted date.

Please note that all Usher Institute vacancies are advertised on the vacancies section of the University of Edinburgh Jobs website, where it is possible to set up personalised email notifications for future vacancies of interest.​


Research Assistant (Health Economics)

Closing Date: 10-Aug-2018

The Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh invites applications for the post of Research Assistant in Health Economics based in the the growing health economics group within the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Edinburgh.

Applicants will have an MSc in health economics or similar postgraduate qualification with a strong health economics component. The post holder will support research in the area of patient preferences for breast cancer therapies supervised by Dr Peter Hall and Dr Ewan Gray. This role is funded by a research grant from the Breast Cancer Institute.

The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of a series of questionnaire surveys investigating the preferences of the public, patients and clinicians around information provided in relation to breast cancer treatments. The research method of discrete choice experiments (DCE) will be central to the project. A qualitative component of the project will use in-depth interviews with key stakeholders to aid the design and interpretation of the surveys. Consistent communication and engagement with both staff and patients in NHS Lothian will be key to the success of the designing and fielding the surveys.

This post is for a health economist who wishes to gain career experience and a track record in peer reviewed publications. The candidate must be able to apply core methods of health economics such as relevant microeconomic theory and econometrics/statistics. Effective communication skills are also required especially the ability to communicate well with other researchers, clinicians and patients who have little or no knowledge of health economics. Additional training in specific methods relevant to the project and for more general development as a health economist will be provided both internally and through external short course attendance.

The post is fixed term for 2 years and available from September 2018 (full time – 35 hours per week).

Salary: UE06 £27,285 to £31,604

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Trial Management Support Officer

Closing Date: 13-Aug-2018

This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU). Based within the Usher Institute and the University Of Edinburgh, ECTU is a close collaboration between the clinical academic community affiliated to the University and NHS Lothian. ECTU supports the development and delivery of research proposals which answer important questions that will have a bearing on treatment and service delivery within the NHS. ECTU’s aim is to ensure the delivery of high quality regulated and non-regulated randomised controlled trials.

This post will involve working across a variety of studies and you will join an experienced, diverse team within an established trials unit. You will be responsible for supporting the trial managers throughout the duration of the trial. Tasks will include setting up recruiting sites, tracking study progress, maintaining trial documentation and dealing with queries.

Interviews are currently planned for the week commencing 20th August 2018.

This post is for 2 years in the first instance and is available from 1st October 2018, based at Nine Edinburgh Bioquarter, Little France Road, Edinburgh.

Salary: UE05 £22,214 to £25,728

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Senior Software Developer

Closing Date: 16-Aug-2018

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a dynamic and enthusiastic team of researchers within the Usher Institute’s Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU). Based at the Edinburgh Bioquarter (part of the New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh campus) in South Edinburgh, you will play a key role in designing, maintaining and managing project-specific database systems that support a wide range of clinical research projects, including clinical trials.

Excellent analytical and design skills are essential and you should be highly competent in ASP.NET/C#, as well as having experience/knowledge of some of the other infrastructure used within the team including J Query/other javascript libraries, SQL server, ORN tools (such as Entity Framework or NHibernate).

You should have a relevant degree or equivalent IT knowledge gained through education, training and experience, together with a track record of successfully delivering IT software development projects. In addition, you should have excellent communication and team working skills with an ability to prioritise workloads to meet tight deadlines. Demonstrable experience of working closely with system end-users - in the design, build and maintenance of systems- is highly desirable.

The position is available from November 2018 for 2 years in the first instance (full-time, 35 hours per week).

Salary: Ue07 £32,548 - £38,833

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Clinical Trials Statistician

Closing Date: 31-Aug-2018

The Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit within the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh is seeking an experienced and motivated Clinical Trials Statistician to provide statistical expertise to clinical trialists through the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU) including oversight of trial processes, analysis and reporting of trials, and meta-analysis, working closely with senior statistical colleagues in the Usher Institute.

Applicants must have MSc or PhD (or near completion) in medical statistics plus experience relating to the design, conduct, analysis interpretation and reporting of clinical trials and or meta-analyses. Demonstrable experience and familiarity with the statistical regulatory guidelines relevant to clinical trials and statistical analysis software (SAS programming, in particular, would be an advantage) is also essential to the post.

The post is full-time (35 hours per week) and is available from 1 October 2018 to 30 Sept 2021. Part time work would also be considered.

Salary: Ue07 £32,548 - £38,833

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Senior Epidemiologist

Closing Date: 21-Sep-2018

The National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Research & Surveillance Unit (NCJDRSU) within the University of Edinburgh is seeking a highly skilled and motivated epidemiologist to work on the Unit’s national CJD surveillance activities and take over responsibility for the management of specific projects.

Working under the direction of the Senior Epidemiologist, you will help develop Unit strategy for the UK surveillance programme, and play a lead role in the design, management and delivery of enhanced surveillance projects. You will also manage junior staff, provide support for other NCJDRSU research projects, and collaborate with colleagues out with the NCJDRSU with an interest in other neurodegenerative diseases. You will be working at the Unit’s main offices at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, as well as at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences and the Usher Institute at Little France.

Successful applicants will hold a PhD with extensive postgraduate experience in epidemiological research and have a track-record of success in relevant research projects. You will need a proven ability to design and/or manage research activities, and you will have expertise in advanced practical methods of health data management, analysis and reporting. You will also have a sound understanding of research governance and relevant legislation.

Salary: Ue08 £39,992 to £47,722

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