University of Aberdeen

  • Contact: Mark Forrest
  • Reference: HSR046A





The Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) has a national remit to research the best ways to provide health care, and to train those working in the health services in research methods.  Most research projects aim to find out whether developments within the health service really are effective, efficient and appropriate.  There are approximately 70 members of staff, working together cohesively, with everyone’s contribution valued.  The atmosphere is friendly, informal and efficient.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Programmer to join an experienced team of clinical trial programmers in the Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT). CHaRT, part of the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU), University of Aberdeen, is a leader in UK clinical trials and the programming team contributes to worthwhile research by providing programming support and data management for multi-centre health care randomised trials and other research studies.  This includes preparing randomisation schedules, setting up databases and online programming applications for data collection and assisting with the conduct of the studies (such as monitoring recruitment and scheduling participant follow up).

The trials compare forms of health care.  The role offers the opportunity to work with other staff in CHaRT/HSRU to deliver high quality work for important research questions whilst also providing excellent CPD prospects.

You should have a relevant degree in a subject allied to information technology or computer science along with demonstrable programming experience. Applicants must have experience of Application development in a clinical trials software environment, authoring procedural documentation for clinical trials software, creating dynamic web applications using ASP.NET, C#, and knowledge of relational database design using SQL. Experience in handling large volumes of data and knowledge of the Data Protection Act is desirable.

The ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary research team and with a broad range of people, without close supervision, to competing and tight deadlines is essential. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are also a requirement of this role.


Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 5 salary scale and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.


Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

This post does not meet the minimum requirements as issued by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer-sponsored visa. We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10 April 2019

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Mark Forrest,  Senior IT Manager

01224 438188


Please do not send application forms or CVs to Mr Forrest.

Please quote reference number HSR044A on all correspondence


The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff

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