Statistical Editor


Job Title: 

Statistical Editor

Reports to (title):

Methods Support Unit Lead


March 2021


The Cochrane Methods Support Unit was created in 2019 to support the eight Cochrane Review Group (CRG) Networks in the efficient and timely production of high quality, high priority Cochrane systematic reviews. The MSU provides hands on statistical and methods support to Cochrane systematic reviews methods input on request by CRG Network editorial teams. The unit comprises two part-time Statistical Editors and one full time Systematic Review Methodology Editor. 

As Statistical Editor, you will provide advanced research methods support and advice as requested by Network Editorial Teams (Network Senior Editor, Associate Editor or Network Support Fellow) or field queries from 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 he or she 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 Lead.

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 EMD colleagues and Network Senior Editors, Associate Editors, and Network Support Fellows 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 to Networks

Keeping up to date with current research into 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
  • 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


Internal: All Network editorial teams, Cochrane Review Groups and the Central Executive Team, Methods Groups, Methods Executive, Scientific Committee.

External: Cochrane Library users, publishers, and other stakeholders.


Budgetary responsibility: N/A  

Number of direct and indirect reports: N/A