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UK ~ Edinburgh

Trainee Database Programmer

The Role

This is an excellent opportunity to start your career as a Database Programmer using SAS.  You will join an established team within the challenging environment of early phase clinical studies, receive training on many different aspects of database programming and work with complex clinical data.

The Data Sciences group at Quotient Sciences comprises over 80 staff and provides an expert service in the programming, data management, analysis and reporting of early Phase clinical studies. Due to our continued growth and success, we have an excellent opportunity in the Database Programming Department for a talented trainee or someone who is keen to develop their experience as a Database Programmer using the programming language SAS and further their career.

At Quotient, each clinical study is set-up according to the clinical protocol which details the study design, objectives, dosing information, data collection and reporting methods.  Based on this protocol, other database programmers will build the study database which will be used for data collection in the clinical unit and for data management tasks. Your role will be to program edit checks outside the study database, load data files from external laboratories and perform reconciliation checks. This will include writing data transfer specifications, reviewing edit check specifications, programming checks using SAS and running the checks on a regular basis during a study. These tasks involve working closely with other database programming staff and the study data manager.

Full training will be provided to allow you to program the edit checks and in SAS programming techniques. Dependent on your development, our career pathway allows you to expand your programming role over time and progress to more senior roles and take on additional responsibilities.

The Candidate

The successful candidate will have a life science, numerate degree or nursing qualification; or instead of a degree, relevant industry experience (e.g. clinical data management, database build, working in a clinical research unit, within Pharmacovigilance or QA, etc.). All candidates must have a strong interest in a career as a programmer working with clinical data and standards. Prior experience of one or more of the following would be an advantage: SAS or R, early Phase clinical trials, knowledge of GLP or GCP and/or clinical data management experience.

In addition, you should have good organisational and presentation skills and be able to work to deadlines whilst maintaining quality standards. Attention to detail and the ability to multitask are essential. Effective oral and written communication skills are also required as you will, in time, be a primary database programming point of contact with clients, external data providers and clinical staff. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK upon being offered employment.

This position will be based in our Edinburgh office