CPRD FTC Researcher - £42,869 p.a. + benefits

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed term

Length of employment

20 months

Business area

MHRA - Safety and Surveillance Group

Type of role

Operational Research

Working pattern


Number of jobs available



Canary Wharf, London

Job summary

We are currently looking for an IR Researcher to join our Clinical Practice Research Datalink team in the Safety and Surveillance group. 

This is a full-time opportunity, on a fixed term contract basis for 20 months. The role will be based in 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf London, E14 4PU. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.   

Government departments and agencies are working towards implementing a minimum 60% attendance in office sites. 

We are currently implementing a flexible, hybrid way of working, with a minimum of 4 days per month working on site to enable the collaboration and contact with partners and stakeholders needed to deliver MHRA business. Attendance on site is driven by business needs so depending on the nature of the role, this can flex up to 8 days a month, with the remainder of time worked either remotely or in the office. Some roles will need to be on site more regularly.  

Who are we? 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency enhance and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices, underpinned by science and research.   

The Safety and Surveillance Group brings together into a single integrated structure devices and medicines safety expertise with enforcement capabilities. These functions will be supported by our data and evidence generating capabilities complementing our signal generating capabilities produced via the new Safety Connect System. 

Part of the Safety and Surveillance group, The Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), with support from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), is the UK’s preeminent research service providing access to anonymised NHS data for research. In addition to supporting high quality observational research, CPRD has developed world leading services based on using real world data to support clinical trials and interventional studies. 

Job description

What’s the role? 

This role offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the UK Government’s premier data-driven research service. The CPRD Researcher will apply their epidemiological, statistical, data management and data analysis expertise to further public health research. Specifically, the post holder will undertake internal development, collaborative research and use CPRD data to support interventional research. The role will also involve input into the development and application of best practice that contribute to the maintenance of CPRD as a centre of excellence for both for observational and interventional research utilising CPRD’s primary care database. 

We are seeking a motivated individual who has experience in epidemiology, statistics and outcomes research or public health research to join our organisation. The post holder will have excellent organisational, analytical and communications skills, take a thorough and rigorous approach to quality assurance, and have the determination and ability to work independently. 


Key responsibilities: 

  • Research project delivery 
  • Service the provision of data extracts 
  • Support the development of CPRD Interventional Research Services 
  • People Management 

Person specification

Who are we looking for? 

Our successful candidate will have:  

  • A degree in Epidemiology, Medical Statistics, Health Economics, Public Health or equivalent related qualification or equivalent experience. 
  • Experience of research using primary care data or other health related data sources.  
  • Experience in the use of different methods and approaches for manipulating, processing and extracting data.  
  • Competence in STATA and/or R is essential. 
  • Sound knowledge of the challenges involved in using health data in public health research. 

If you would like to find out more about this fantastic opportunity, please read our Job Description and Person Specification! 


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Alongside your salary of £42,869, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency contributes £11,574 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Annual Leave: 25 days annual leave on entry, rising by one day for each completed year of service to a maximum of 30 days and pro-rata for part-time staff. PLUS 8 bank holidays 
  • Privilege Leave: 1 day  
  • Hours of Work: 37 hours (net) per week for full time staff in all geographical locations, including London and pro rata for part-time staff 
  • Occupational Sick Pay (OSP): One month full pay/one month half pay on entry, rising by one month for each completed year of service to a maximum of five months full pay/five months half pay 
  • Mobility: Mobility clause in contracts allowing staff to be mobile across the Civil Service
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme.  Please see the link for further information http://www.civilservicepensionscheme.org.uk/ For enquiries relating to the Civil Service Pension Schemes please contact MyCSP's Pension Service Centre directly on 0300 123 6666 
  • Flexible working to ensure staff maintain a healthy work-life balance 
  • Interest free season ticket loan or bike loan 
  • Employee Assistance Services and access to the Civil Service Benevolent Fund 
  • Eligibility to join the Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA)
  • Variety of staff and Civil Service clubs 
  • On-going learning and development 

Selection process details

The selection process: 


We use the Civil Service Success Profiles to assess our candidates, find out more here.  


  • Online application form, including questions based on the Behaviour, Experience and Technical Success Profiles. Please ensure all application questions are completed in full; your application may not be considered if any responses are left blank. Our applications are CV blind, and our Hiring Managers will not be able to access your CV when reviewing your application. 
  • Test, further information will be supplied when you reach this stage  
  • Interview, which can include questions based on the Behaviour, Experience, Technical and Strengths Success Profiles. 


Applicants are assessed on whether they meet any mandatory requirements as well as the necessary skills and experience for the role. Applications are scored based on the competency-based answers provided – ensure you have read these thoroughly and allow sufficient time. You can view the competencies for this role in the job description.   

Use of AI in job applications 

Applicants must ensure that anything submitted is factually accurate and truthful. Plagiarism can include presenting the ideas and experience of others, or generated by artificial intelligence, as your own.  

If you require any disability related adjustments at any point during the process, please contact careers@mhra.gov.uk as soon as possible. 


Closing date: Thursday 18th April 2024 

Shortlisting Date: Tuesday 23rd April 2024 

Interview date: Thursday 2nd May 2024 

Candidates will be contacted within a week of the sift and the interviews completed to inform them of the outcome.  

If you need assistance applying for this role or have any other questions, please contact careers@mhra.gov.uk 

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.  

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check as well as animal rights and pro-life activism checks. People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks. 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.  

Any move to the MHRA from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility here. 


Successful candidates may be subject to annual Occupational Health reviews dependent on role requirements. If you have any queries, please contact careers@mhra.gov.uk. 


In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment on the basis of merit by a fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should firstly contact Mira Mepa, Head of Recruitment and Operations, Mira.Mepa@mhra.gov.uk.   


If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk 



Civil Service Commission  

Room G/8  

1 Horse Guards Road  



Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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Working for the Civil Service

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : The Resourcing Team
  • Email : Careers@mhra.gov.uk

Recruitment team

  • Email : Careers@mhra.gov.uk

Further information

In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment on the basis of merit by a fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the Resourcing Team at Careers@mhra.gov.uk, in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission at: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk - info@csc.gov.uk - Civil Service Commission Room G/8 1 Horse Guards Road London SW1A 2HQ

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