Statistical Editor


Evidence Production and Methods

Reports to (title)

Methods Support Unit Manager


0.6 FTE


The Evidence Production and Methods Directorate in Cochrane is made up of three departments that are responsible for the efficient and timely publication of high-quality systematic reviews in the Cochrane Library. One of the three departments is the Methods and Evidence Synthesis Development team.

The Methods Support Unit (MSU) sits in the Methods and Evidence Synthesis Development team. The MSU provides hands on statistical and methods support to people preparing Cochrane systematic reviews. As Statistical Editor, you will provide advanced methods support and advice as requested by the Methods Support Unit Manager, from members of the Cochrane community directly or via the Community Support Team as needed. The post holder will also provide independent methods review of high-profile reviews, including those intended for press release. In addition to this you will support the implementation of established and more complex methods in Cochrane reviews and work on monitoring the quality of statistical methods and analysis in Cochrane reviews to inform priorities for training and guidance. The role will require a formal qualification in epidemiology or biomedical statistics, and a good understanding of methods used in meta-analysis.


The Statistical Editor is accountable to the Methods Support Unit Manager.

The Statistical Editor will play an operational role in:

  • Checking implementation of statistical methods in reviews, or planned implementation in protocols and provide advice as requested
  • Providing advanced methodological advice/support to high priority reviews
  • Providing advanced methodological advice and support to colleagues in the Evidence Production and Methods Directorate as required;
  • Providing methodological advice on reviews submitted to the Central Editorial Service as required;
  • Supporting the development of editorial resources for reviews that use complex methods
  • Producing reports on reviews that are accurate, consistent and actionable.
  • Delivering methods-related training
  • Keeping up to date with current research in to evidence synthesis methods


Essential attributes:

  • Post-graduate degree in epidemiology or medical statistics
  • Involvement in epidemiology or statistical research
  • Familiarity with statistical methods used in pairwise and network meta-analysis
  • Familiarity with methods used for the synthesis of non-randomised studies
  • Good understanding of appraising different study designs
  • Familiarity with best practices in the statistical analysis of different study designs
  • Understanding of the importance of systematic reviews to clinical or policy decision-making
  • Familiarity with Cochrane guidance and standards on the design, conduct and reporting of systematic reviews (MECIR) and GRADE methods.
  • Familiarity with Cochrane technology systems (e.g. Review Manager Software) or process (e.g. experience as a statistical editor)
  • Intermediate level IT skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work methodically and accurately
  • A pro-active approach to problem-solving

Desirable attributes:

  • Computing experience with a statistical software (such as Stata, R, SAS)
  • Understanding of methods used in individual patient data meta-analysis, diagnostic test accuracy, or prognostic reviews
  • An ability to develop and maintain working relationships with key stakeholders