Senior Biostatistician

Detailed Description: 

Job Summary:

The Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks highly qualified applicants for a Senior Biostatistician position. The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center (RHLCCC) is a national leader in scientific discovery, advancement of medical knowledge and delivery of state-of-the-art cancer care. This position would include affiliation with the RHLCCC’s Quantitative Data Sciences Core (QDSC), the central resource for biostatistics, bioinformatics and clinical informatics support for cancer research. The position is housed in the Division of Biostatistics, Department of Preventive Medicine, which includes 20 faculty and 20 staff biostatisticians in a collegial environment with ample opportunity for professional growth and collaboration. The Senior Biostatistician will collaborate with biostatistics faculty, and independently with investigators conducting cancer research, and will assume the primary responsibility for study design, statistical analysis, interpretation and presentation of study results, communicating with investigators, and producing methods and results sections for grant proposals and manuscripts. The Senior Biostatistician will be responsible for a wide variety of basic and advanced statistical and technical activities relevant for cancer research, including design and analysis of clinical trials, animal and other basic science experiments. The Senior Biostatistician will possess excellent oral and written communication skills.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work independently with principal investigators, their colleagues, their staff and their students to develop and specify experimental design, determine the appropriate sample size, specify a statistical analysis plan, perform the required interim and final statistical analyses, communicate the findings to the investigators in meetings, prepare written reports, and contribute to conference presentations and manuscripts. These activities will utilize basic and advanced statistical and graphical methods, and may require specialized software for their execution, or specialized application of existing software packages. 
  • Design and implement reporting formats for the summarization of statistical analyses.  Work with investigators to determine the overall nature of any reporting formats (project reports to meet deadlines, oral presentations, publications, book chapters) and then independently prepare the design and statistical components for these reports.  Specialized reporting software will either be developed or custom applied to ensure effiicent reporting of results in a reproducible manner.
  • Professional development activities, including learning new statistical methods, new software, and conference attendance.
Qualifications: Skills: 

Minimum Competencies:

  • Proficiency in the use of statistical software applications such as R and SAS, and other statistical software as required
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis methods used in cancer research, including cancer clinical trial design and analysis, survival analysis, linear and logistic regression, model selection, graphical techniques.
  • Familiarity with bioinformatics methods, including biomarker analysis and gene expression analysis.
  • Experience with proposal development and all aspects of manuscript preparation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Attention to detail and accurate record keeping.
Qualifications: Experience: 

           Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS in Statistics/Biostatistics and five years’ experience in biostatistical data analysis and data management.
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed first-author publications.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with REDCap.
  • Experience with PASS, EAST or other power analysis software.
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