MRC - UVRI Statistician Jobs in Uganda

MRC - UVRI Statistician Jobs in Uganda

The Unit is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes
in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases
and cancer.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological
research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies,
the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of
innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health
policy and practice in Africa and worldwide.

Following the signing of strategic transfer
agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018.

The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health
issues in Africa and throughout the world.

The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts.

The Unit is now seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to fill the following position: Statistician (01 Position, Entebbe)

Position Code: STAT419
Reports to:

  • Head of Statistics & Non Communicable Diseases phenotype research programme
    Duty station:
  • Entebbe
    Contract Duration:
  • 1 Year

    About The Research Programme

    The post-holder will join a research programme that is aimed at understanding the burden
    and drivers of Non Communicable Diseases (with a major focus on diabetes) in Uganda, and
    why these disorders may manifest differently in Africa compared to high-income countries.

    A particular area of interest is the potential interactions between infection, notably HIV, and

    Other areas of research include designing and testing interventions to improve care of
    chronic conditions.

    Job Purpose:

    The main responsibilities of the post holder will be to provide statistical support in the design, conduct and evaluation of clinical trials, epidemiological studies and community-based
    interventions carried out by the programme, including carrying out statistical analysis of data from these projects and preparing the results for publication.

    The post holder will be a member of the Unit’s Medical Statistics and Data Management section
    which currently has eight statisticians and over 25 other data personnel who work in data
    management, programming, transcription and archiving.

    The section enjoys close links with
    the Tropical Epidemiology Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and
    works closely with medical statisticians and epidemiologists from this group in London.

    The post-holder will be expected to make occasional visits to our study clinics, sites and
    communities and s/he may occasionally be required to stay overnight at one of our research
    stations around the country.

    There may also be occasional travel to take part in conferences or meetings nationally and internationally.

    The post holder will also be encouraged to contribute to the Unit’s training and teaching activities and will be expected to provide statistical support and advice to the research programme’s lab technicians, project leaders
    and PhD candidates.

    Roles & Responsibilities

  • To provide statistical support for studies carried out by the research programme, and in
    particular to assist with issues relating to study design, sampling and field procedures,
    quality control activities, data collection and statistical analysis;
  • Maintaining close collaborative links with statisticians and other researchers at Exeter
    University, UK, as well as with other international partners.
  • To contribute to the management of ongoing studies;
  • To collaborate with data managers and provide a statistical perspective on designing and
    setting up study
    databases and data processing;
  • To perform statistical analysis of project-collected data;
  • To contribute to the development and preparation of protocols and data collection
    instruments for new research studies;
  • To develop statistical analysis plans for ongoing trials and to organise and prepare for
    milestone events such as database lock, unbinding, analysis and reporting;
  • To prepare regular views on study data to help project management teams monitor
    recruitment and other data flows and data quality issues during the conduct of a study;
  • To conduct interim analyses for data monitoring committees and trial steering
  • To prepare scientific reports and present results in meetings with colleagues and
  • To progress scientific articles and prepare publication-standard tables and figures
  • To contribute to the Statistics section's collegial environment including through teaching
    and training activities and participation in regular academic/journal club meetings.
  • To undertake additional tasks as required by the Principal Investigator or Head of

    Person Specification


  • A Master’s degree in statistics (post-graduate qualifications in epidemiology, mathematics
    or equivalent data-related field with a strong statistical analysis component will also be
  • Practical experience as an applied medical statistician;
  • Strong analytical skills and a good understanding of statistical issues in medical research;
  • Excellent statistical programming skills using STATA or equivalent statistical analysis
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and in
    particular with Excel and Word;
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Very good written and spoken English;
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Genuine interest in NCD research

  • Experience in the design and analysis of clinical trials;
  • Knowledge or experience of epidemiology and public health.
  • Experience working with specialised database software such as OpenClinica, ODK,
    REDCap, Access or similar;
  • Record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals;



  • Personal Integrity
  • Emotional Resourcefulness
  • Ability to Learn
  • Forward Thinking
  • Reliability
  • Openness to Others

    Job Specific:
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Proactivity
  • Results Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Concern for Excellence
  • Flexibility Towards Others
  • Service Orientation
  • Development Orientation

    How to Apply
  • Fill an online form accordingly by following the link below and there after submit your
    application documents to the e-mail below:
  • Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.
  • Please email your application to Applications should include academic documents, a cover letter, CV, daytime telephone contact and three traceable
    professional references.
  • Combine all application documentation into one PDF document.
  • Deadline is Monday 29th April 2019, 5:00pm.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.
  • Note that academic qualifications
    will be subjected to verification by the issuing institutions. This position is open to Ugandan
    nationals only.
  • NB: Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email:
  • STAT419 The applications should be addressed to:The Human Resource and Administration Manager
    MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit P.O.Box, 49 Entebbe, Uganda

  • For more information and job application details, see; MRC - UVRI Statistician Jobs in Uganda

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