Date Posted April 01, 2021
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Occupational Summary

The Department of Population Health Sciences (DPHS) Biostatistician III provides study design expertise, statistical analysis and interpretation for multiple competing projects in the DPHS research portfolio. Manages research project responsibilities independently. Handles multiple projects and deadlines, and coordinates all the statistical needs of each research project. Performs intermediate and advanced statistical analysis and programming for epidemiology, health services, implementation science, medical sociology, and health policy research projects. Demonstrates intellectual curiosity, strong attention to detail and commitment to scientific integrity and high quality research.

Work Performed

With minimal guidance, plays an integral role in developing study research design, prepares statistical analysis plans and performs and interprets basic and complex analyses. Uses statistical and medical understanding to propose and perform additional analyses appropriately and independently. Learns new statistical and machine learning methods and applies new skills to future projects.

Writes own SAS code, finds errors, corrects, and validates output and results. Performs complex programming efficiently. Programs analysis datasets using SAS and/or reviews those programmed by others to ensure quality products; combines multiple disparate data sources—including electronic health records, insurance claims (Medicare, Medicaid, commercial) and clinical registries—to derive study variables. Considers alternative programming approaches to improve quality and/or efficiency.

Documents analyses, creates summaries, and presents results in written and verbal form to requestors. Writes statistical text for study reports and clinical publications. Prepares methods sections and analysis plans for incorporation in abstracts, manuscripts, and grants.

Discusses analytic issues related to findings within a research project. Understands how research project results fit in the context of results from similar research projects in the broader field. Designs analysis data set specifications and provides input on those prepared by other statisticians or statistical programmers.

Collaborates effectively with statistical programmers that support research projects. Identifies potential data problems from analytic queries and takes appropriate initiative to guide the process of resolution. Demonstrates thorough understanding of research project data collection processes and data sets and shares knowledge with collaborators, fellow statisticians, and programmers. Helps less experienced programmers and/or statisticians with programming skills and statistical methodology.

Participates in all statistical aspects of a research project with minimal guidance. Collaborates with project leader, principal investigator, other clinical investigators, and external government or industry representatives to affect significant decisions regarding the research project, and to jointly achieve objectives and timelines. Contributes constructively to project discussions.

Collaborates closely with investigators, sponsors, and other project leadership to ensure that research project results and conclusions are presented accurately and without bias. Leads the statistical team responsible for designing and validating analysis data sets, programs, and statistical output products (tables, listings, figures).

Understands the contracted scope of work and forecasts monthly hours expected to complete each research project. Proactively identifies potential out-of-scope activity and brings to the attention of project leader. Collaborates with project managers to create timelines for statistical project management.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level

Position requires a minimum of a Doctoral degree in (bio) statistics or related field and no relevant experience, or a Master's degree in (bio) statistics or related field and 2 years relevant experience, or a Bachelor's degree in (bio) statistics or related field and 4 years relevant experience.


Experience with large healthcare data sets including, electronic health records, Medicaid and Medicare claims, or other healthcare claims data sets is strongly preferred.
Contribution to analysis of clinical research projects, and/or participation in preparation of academic manuscripts or other written summaries of analysis results, thorough experience with SAS, and solid command of the English language is required.
Desirable experience includes prior role as a lead statistician on health services or health policy research projects that have delivered the agreed-upon end products on time, and prior guidance of lower level or less experienced staff.

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