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Position: Chair in Biostatistics and Clinical Trials
Institution: University of Birmingham
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Duties: Develop, plan and lead research activities/programmes of outstanding quality in the disciplinary area; Publish high quality innovative, distinctive and significant outputs which are considered to be world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour; Regularly contribute to other research-related activities such as conference papers and keynote speaker invitations at conferences; Provide leadership on the generation of research income, supporting colleagues to maximise funding opportunities, promoting collaboration with external researchers and organisations
Requirements: PhD or equivalent qualification or an equivalent body of work; A substantial record of international quality outputs; An excellent and widely recognised reputation amongst peers internationally; Proven ability to plan and lead the delivery of research, with particular strengths in statistical modelling, early phase trials and Bayesian methods would be advantageous; A sustained record of attracting significant funding, as appropriate to the discipline
   
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Return to the home page Share Job Description - Chair in Biostatistics and Clinical Trials - Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences - 95556 (190006SC) Chair in Biostatistics and Clinical Trials - Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences - 95556 - (190006SC) Position Details Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK Competitive package for an outstanding candidate Professorial Banding Full Time / Permanent Closing date 21 April 2022 Summary We are seeking an outstanding candidate who will provide significant strategic leadership which will positively enhance the profile of the institution. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key leadership role in the world-class clinical research programme within the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU). We wish to appoint a senior statistician with a track record of delivering high-quality clinical trials and methodology expertise, who has the appropriate academic stature and profile to warrant appointment at professorial level at the University of Birmingham; and with relevant experience in research, knowledge transfer and capacity building to advance the development of clinical research here. The post holder will be expected to have an excellent international reputation, based on an extensive track record of innovative research which has a major quantifiable influence in the subject area. The post holder will also make a significant contribution to teaching and learning, contribute at a high level to leadership and management activity and act as a role model in respect of citizenship. The College of Medical and Dental Sciences has two of the UK’s leading UKCRC registered Clinical Trials Units; CRCTU and the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU). Together, they form the Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials (BCCT) and place Birmingham as a leading Centre in the UK for clinical trials, having a wealth of experience across a wide range of diseases, clinical settings and trial designs. The CRCTU is an integral part of the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences (ICGS). It was established over 40 years ago and has grown to be one of the largest cancer trials units in the UK, delivering high quality clinical research across a broad portfolio of disease types and treatment modalities in all phases of clinical trials. The CRCTU is an important component of the Birmingham Health Partners and closely collaborates with Birmingham’s CRUK/NCRI Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre and Birmingham’s Stratified Cancer Medicine Initiative. The CRCTU comprises a highly qualified and knowledgeable team of over 190 members of staff including biostatisticians, clinical academics, trial managers, programmers, research nurses and quality management, information technology, administration and finance staff who together form the professional infrastructure that is essential to the delivery of scientifically excellent and regulatory robust clinical trials. Alongside excellent trials portfolios in a wide range of adult solid cancers, CRCTU leads internationally recognised national programmes for children’s cancer and leukaemia trials, the trials acceleration programme (TAP) for adult haemato-oncology and the UK’s stem cell transplant clinical trials partnership (IMPACT). The CRCTU has expertise across all phases of trials and in particular includes expertise in early phase dose-finding studies, complex platform trials, Bayesian designs and precision medicine. CRCTU has strong collaborative links with local, national and international investigators in the design and conduct of trials, with particular emphasis on international collaboration for the paediatric portfolio and for rare diseases using innovative and world-leading expertise in trials methodology to enable important clinical questions to be addressed in challenging situations. Building on its early phase trials and drug development expertise, the CRCTU has established a new trials team focused on non-cancer early phase trials developing Drugs, Devices, Diagnostics and Biomarkers (D3B) within Birmingham’s Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM). This team provides expertise in the development and delivery of these specialist trials to non-cancer clinical investigators. This trials portfolio continues to develop and has established partnerships with Birmingham’s National Institute for Health Research Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (NIHR SRMRC), the recently awarded NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, and the new Kennedy Trust funded Arthritis-Therapies Acceleration Programme, as well as supporting local clinical academics in their clinical research, including in rare diseases, to evolve their trial portfolios under the academic guidance and operational framework of the CRCTU. This post aims to further develop the academic and leadership capacity in clinical trials methodology within the CRCTU. It will be important for the appointee to complement the current research programmes of CRCTU and the broader developments within the BCCT. The post holder will be expected to open up new collaborative opportunities with the wider College of Medical and Dental Sciences and with Birmingham Health Partners, in particular with a specific focus on driving innovation in clinical trial research. In addition to initiating and conducting original applied research, the post-holder will contribute to undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD teaching programmes, and postgraduate research supervision as appropriate to the disciplinary area. It is also expected that the post-holder will have experience of making a strategic contribution to the professional development of members of academic and clinical staff seeking to develop clinical academic and/or research careers, and be recognised publicly as making a substantial contribution to the advancement of clinical trials research at a national and international level. Research • Develop, plan and lead research activities/programmes of outstanding quality in the disciplinary area; • Publish high quality innovative, distinctive and significant outputs which are considered to be world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour; • Regularly contribute to other research-related activities such as conference papers and keynote speaker invitations at conferences; • Provide leadership on the generation of research income, supporting colleagues to maximise funding opportunities, promoting collaboration with external researchers and organisations; • Lead the development of strategies, policies and procedures which have a positive and quantifiable impact on equality, diversity and inclusion; • Maintain a sustained track record of income generation appropriate to the discipline to support own work; • As appropriate for the discipline, lead a major research group, managing people and resources to deliver an ambitious research vision; • May lead consultancy projects and/or advise external organisations, based on research and reputation in the subject area; • Participate actively in the development of the research strategy in the Department/School/College as appropriate; • Provide outstanding supervision to research students. Education • Develop, plan and lead high quality education activities; • Develop high quality, inclusive and academically challenging practice in research-intensive teaching, learning and assessment; • Deliver high quality portfolio of innovative, engaging and inspirational teaching which is accessible to all; • Contribute to curriculum design to ensure the offer is contemporary, inclusive, engaging, international and academically challenging; • Lead innovative approaches to digital resources/environments and support colleagues to use them in the delivery of teaching, learning and assessment; • Provide outstanding project/dissertation supervision; • Develop and lead collaborative working arrangements with colleagues across the Department, School and wider University to deliver outstanding teaching. Leadership, Management and Citizenship • Lead and manage major activities in the School/College/University. This may be in relation to one or more of the following: external partnership activities/collaborations; leading a Department or undertaking School/College roles; developing institutional policies and practice; leading activities contributing to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the School/College/University; using position and influence in order to ensure that others engage positively with the University’s Strategy; leading, developing and motivating colleagues using mentoring and coaching skills; proactively supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activities. Person Specification We are seeking a dynamic academic leader with a well-established track record of delivering - designing, implementing, analysing and reporting - high-quality clinical trials, an international reputation in clinical trials methodology and a record of recent publications commensurate with an internationally recognised profile. The appointed candidate will play a leadership role within the CRCTU, supporting the strategic development of the Unit. We particularly welcome applications from researchers who have developed strong international focus in their research and have established equally strong international research networks resulting in funded research, seminars and conferences, published outputs and clear impact on healthcare practice. Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience of leading a clinical trials portfolio, including securing research funding, and managing a team of clinical trial statisticians. In addition to making a major contribution to an area of trials and biostatistics research, the successful applicant will contribute to the wider delivery of the Institute, College and BCCT. Many of the tasks to be undertaken by the post holder will be taken forward in collaboration with other colleagues and collaborative research partners The post holder will have an outstanding and sustained profile of achievement evidenced by the following: • PhD or equivalent qualification or an equivalent body of work; • A substantial record of international quality outputs; • An excellent and widely recognised reputation amongst peers internationally; • Proven ability to plan and lead the delivery of research, with particular strengths in statistical modelling, early phase trials and Bayesian methods would be advantageous ; • A sustained record of attracting significant funding, as appropriate to the discipline; • A track record in translating research into impact on other scholars and on the wider community through publication, engagement with policy and practice, consultancy and advisory work; • A track record of attracting and successfully supervising high quality doctoral students; • A proven ability to develop and lead the delivery of innovative research-led teaching, learning and assessment; • A proven ability to lead curriculum design and implementation; • Willingness to engage in teaching-related CPD; • Evidence of innovative approaches to digital resources/environments; • Evidence of high level leadership and management contributions; • Evidence of high level successful collaborations (whether research, teaching or other); • Evidence of proactively engaging in citizenship activities; • Evidence of working with others for the greater good of the academic discipline and institution. How to apply To apply, please complete an application and attach your CV. As part of our senior recruitment process your application may be shared in confidence with two external assessors (these will typically be professors within a related academic field, but external to the University of Birmingham). Therefore your application may need to be sent outside the EEA. Their views may be sought on your suitability for shortlist and they may also be invited to be involved in the interview process. If you have any queries or concerns please contact Sally Steele (College HR Business Partner) on s.l.steele@bham.ac.uk to discuss further. Further particulars can be found here. Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Pamela Kearns, Director of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU); Email p.r.kearns@bham.ac.uk Valuing excellence, sustaining investment We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working. Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham Work Locations University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT Job Academic Non-clinical Organization Cancer and Genomic Sciences Schedule Regular Full-time Job Posting 01.03.2022, 12:20:37 PM Grade (for job description) Professor Not Banded (Spot) Advert Close Date 22.04.2022, 12:59:00 AM Share University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT United Kingdom Main Switchboard: 234 Tel: Fax: +44 (0)121 414 3971 +44 (0)121 414 3344 InstagramFacebookTwitterYoutube PrivacyLegalTaleo AccessibilityIntranetmy.bham portalCanvas Learning EnvironmentPublication SchemeInformation for ApplicantsFreedom of informationCharitable informationCookies and cookie policySite mapWebsite feedback © University of Birmingham 2018
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