The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

Statistical Programmer

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Work location: Beijing, China. 

About The George Institute for Global Health

The George Institute for Global Health is an internationally-recognised health research organisation, undertaking high-impact research across a broad landscape. Affiliated with several leading universities in Australia, Asia and the UK, the Institute is a global leader in research and policy on the prevention and treatment of common chronic and critical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and trauma.

The Institute was established in 1999 and employs a global network of leading medical experts across a range of specialties, as well as other health professionals with expertise in research design, project management and statistical analysis. With a respected voice among global health agencies, the Institute has attracted significant funding support from governments, foundations and corporations in support of its work. The George Institute’s research is regularly published in the top tier of academic journals internationally and contributes to clinical and public health policy worldwide.

Our mission is to improve the health of people worldwide by:

  • Providing the best evidence to guide critical health decisions
  • Engaging with decision makers to enact real change
  • Targeting global epidemics, particularly of chronic diseases and injury
  • Focusing on vulnerable populations in both rich and poor countries

In achieving that mission, we are committed to ensuring the integration of good business practices throughout all our operations.

The Institute has grown rapidly since its inception and currently employs approximately 450 staff at its headquarters in Sydney. The George Institute also has offices in India, China and the UK. Research is currently conducted at around 300 collaborating centers in approximately 50 countries worldwide.

The George Institute is made up of several research and development themes, divisions and programs that oversee numerous large-scale international and regional projects funded by a diverse range of sponsors, both public and private. The George Institute has also established a number of social enterprises that provide services to clients in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors worldwide. In the current financial year, the Institute’s gross revenue is expected to total around $1000 million, making it one of the largest medical research institutes in Australia. 

The George Institute is dedicated to the recruitment, development, and retention of the best people from around the world. The pursuit of academic, scientific and operational excellence in a “can do” culture is actively promoted in all our activities. For more information about the Institute, visit

The George Institute for Global Health, China (GIC) aims to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, information and ideas, and skills across all areas of clinical research, training, teaching, clinical practice, and policy development with our partners in China.  The ultimate goal is a sustained commitment to the implementation of evidence-based policy and practice that addresses the burden of disease.

The Role

The Statistics team is responsible for the provision of statistical expertise to support the research projects conducted at The George Institute; this includes clinical trials, observational studies, meta-analyses, surveys as well as teaching and the development of new statistical methods.

The Statistical Programmer is responsible for the analyses of medical research projects conducted in The George Institute for Global Health, China or in other offices, and medical study or clinical trials from George affiliated enterprises or external organizations.

Reporting Relationships

The Statistical Programmer will directly report to the Head, Biostatistics and Data Management in Beijing. 

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare derived datasets for the analyses using SAS
  • Work in designing and preparing programs to produce tables and listings, and figures for study report and regulatory submissions based on statistical analysis plans
  • Program and validate statistical analyses in SAS
  • Prepare and deliver reports for interim and final analyses
  • Assist with the development of statistical analysis plans
  • Work in collaboration with members of statistics, data management, clinical and regulatory teams on preparation of summary documents submitted to study sponsors and regulatory agencies.
  • Comply with all institute standards and regulatory requirements for the programming, analysis and reporting of research projects
  • Provide statistical expertise to the research staff based in Beijing
  • Have a key role in the research development, implementation, and dissemination of relevant current or new studies
  • Ability of analyse data and prepare manuscripts that are suitable for publication
  • Assist with the preparation of grant applications as required

As a Team Member:

  • Participate in team meetings and academic activities
  • Participate in objective setting, performance management
  • Participate in special projects to improve processes, tools, systems and organisation

Occupational Health and Safety

  • Comply with OH&S legislation and operate in accordance with established OH&S practice and procedures at the George Institute
  • Promote and contribute to a safe, secure environment for staff and visitors

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Graduate qualifications in Statistics or Epidemiology
  • Minimum 1-year experience in statistical programming for medical research 
  • Familiarity with SAS programming with excellent knowledge of SAS 9.2 environment and Windows operating systems
  • Proficiency in the use of basic SAS tools and procedures such as SAS BASE, SAS/STAT, SAS/MACRO, PROC REPORT TABULATE, ODS and additional statistical procedures, and functions.
  • Understanding of data management principles for clinical trials and medical research
  • Working knowledge of regulatory requirements for clinical trials and medical research
  • Strong focus on quality and timely delivery of work.
  • Well organized with good time management skills
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with high level of proficiency in English
  • Ability to work well and flexibly ie. autonomously, in small teams and with a wide range of varying stakeholders
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous environments
  • Competence with computer programs (especially MS Office; MS Word, MS Excel, MS  Powerpoint) and electronic communication (email and internet).

To Apply 

Please send your CV in English and Chinses to with the subject of "Statistical Programmer Application" before December 31, 2018.