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Job Summary:

The Malawi Liverpool Wellcome (MLW) Programme ( is an internationally recognised centre for research and research training, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The Statistical Support Unit (SSU) at MLW is seeking a skilled and dynamic biostatistician to provide statistical support to the various research groups at MLW and contribute to the unit’s applied statistical research agenda. The post holder will also contribute to strengthening MLW’s engagement with the wider statistical community in Malawi. The post holder reports to the head of the SSU.

MLW would like to engage a skilled and dynamic individual for the position of Biostatistician. The role provides an excellent opportunity for a post holder to work and provide statistical support to the various research groups while based in the Statistical Support Unit (SSU) within the core programme. The post holder will be reporting to the head of the SSU.

The broad function of the position is to provide statistical support and training to MLW research projects, to contribute to the unit’s applied statistical research agenda and to strengthen MLW’s engagement with the wider statistical community in Malawi. The position will allow the post-holder to develop their career as a biostatistician and she / he will be supported in this professional development.



Professional requirements:
. Provide statistical support to research groups: give advice on study design, sample size considerations, help drafting statistical analysis plans, advise on, help with or do data analysis and statistical modelling.
. Deliver short courses, workshops and tutorials on statistical design, methods, practices and software, including high performance computing resources, both at MLW, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS) and University of Malawi (UNIMA).
. Contribute to the applied statistical research agenda of the SSU.
. Maintain high scientific standards (ICH GCP, HSP, statistical good practice, reproducible research practices) and integrity and comply with MLW policies.
. Liaise with MLW researchers, the clinical research support unit, data management staff, laboratory staff and MLW operational departments as required.
. Attend statistical trainings, workshops, short courses to continue developing as a biostatistician.
. Present work at national or international seminars, meetings and / or conferences.
. Deputise for the head of department at Heads of Department and Research Strategy Group meetins if needed.
. Undertake any other reasonable tasks as requested by the SSU head and deputy head.

Administrative requirements
. Maintain a log file recording both the projects and the time spent working on them for the purpose of invoicing recharges to projects and audit trail.
. Help with SSU administrative tasks such as entering requisitions or approving purchase orders on MLW’s finance system and liaising with the facilities team at MLW when needed.
. Assist with drafting or revising standard operating procedures, handbook and strategy documents for the SSU.
. Assist with writing grant applications.
. Maintaining study files, documentation of all advice given and all analyses performed.
. Attend head of department or research strategy group meetings on behalf of the SSU head when needed.
. Undertake any other reasonable administrative tasks as requested by the SSU head and deputy head.


Applicants must have a Masters degree in statistics, biostatistics or medical statistics, demonstrable working experience/knowledge in study design, data analysis and solid knowledge of statistical methods. Competency in at least one statistical programming environment (such as R, Stata or SAS) is a requirement and experience of working with high performance computing systems is highly desirable.

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Suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications with copies of relevant certificates, and a detailed CV with 3 contactable referees to the address below or email to

The Human Resources Manager

Malawi-Liverpool –Wellcome Trust

P.O. Box 30096, Chichiri, Blantyre 3.

Applications to arrive no later than close of business 24 June 2022. Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.


Posted on Jun 08, 2022