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Job Title: Biostatistician II
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Organization: Duke University School of Medicine
Posted: 4/12/2024
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Biostatistics
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Durham,  NC    USA
Position Description: The division of Neuro-Epidemiology in the department of Neurosurgery is looking for an experienced biostatistician to join our team focused on identifying risk factors for primary and metastatic brain tumors, and provide support on multiple research projects by conducting intermediate-level statistical analysis and interpretation as well as writing statistical reports.

This position requires:

* An intermediate understanding of core statistical methods and statistical programming for monitoring data quality, modifying and cleaning data for analyses and performing statistical analysis.

* Familiarity with cancer registry data and large administrative databases such as Medicare, or Electronic Health record data

* Knowledge of and experience in R programming

* The ability to work independently to perform basic and intermediate statistical analysis and programming

* Simultaneous balancing of multiple competing projects and deadlines

* Working in close collaboration with the principal investigator and multi-institutional project teams.

Preferred skills

* Performing complex data management tasks in SAS, R, and/or python.

* Experience in survival analysis.

* Experience in geospatial modeling.

* Experience in analyzing data from genome-wide association studies and related downstream analyses (mendelian randomization, LD score regression).

Work Performed

Statistical analysis (60%)

* Perform data management for multiple types of data including but not limited to cancer registry data, patient clinical data, environmental exposure data and genetic data.

* Create analytic datasets that have been appropriately checked for errors. Combines multiple disparate raw databases and derives analysis variables accurately.

* Prepares statistical analysis plans in collaboration with PI, other lab members, and outside collaborators.

* Research the literature for modern statistical designs and analyses that can be applied to the data and necessary documentation. Learns new statistical methods as needed, and applies new skills to future projects.

* Independently generates descriptive and basic test statistics, data analysis and generates statistical modeling results.

Collaboration (10%):

* Collaborates effectively with PI, and internal/external collaborators.

* Identifies potential data problems from analytic queries and brings them to the attention of the team.

* Demonstrates understanding of project data sets and shares knowledge with collaborators.

* Participates in most statistical aspects of a research project, with consultation or assistance when needed.

* Represents the functional group in project team meetings and contributes constructively to project discussions.

Dissemination (20%).

* Documents analyses, creates summaries, and presents results in written and verbal form to research teams during project meetings.

* Contributes to analysis and writing without guidance during all phases of manuscript and report development and revision.

* Independently drafts methods and results sections for inclusion in manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, and grants.

Project management (10%)

* Develops leadership and communication skills and shares them with others.

* Is highly organized, with the initiative, and technical aptitude to work with limited supervision.

* Ability to identify problems and solve them pragmatically.

* Manages project responsibilities with decreasing levels of supervision or regular support and takes initiative to complete project-specific responsibilities with minimal supervision.

* Understands the project scope of work and accurately projects to the time and effort needed to complete each phase of project. Recognizes when changes to scope will require significantly more effort than allotted and bring this to the attention of the study team.

* Creates timelines for statistical project management, with assistance from PI.

Qualifications: Education/Training

Work requires a minimum of a Master's degree in biostatistics or related field and no relevant experience, or a bachelor’s degree in biostatistics or related field and 2 years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination or relevant education and/or work experience.

Experience Prior contribution to analysis of research projects, a working knowledge of R, and solid command of the English language is required. Has knowledge of the core statistical methods including calculating survival, lifetime risk, prevalence and incidence and statistical programming for monitoring data quality, modifying data for analyses (i.e. data management) and performing statistical analysis. Has knowledge of statistical methods for data that includes genetic and environmental exposure information. Familiarity with SAS, cancer registry data, SNP array and/or sequencing data management and analysis is beneficial but not required.

Organization Description: Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation's top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,600 faculty physicians and researchers, nearly 2,000 students, and more than 6,200 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, and Duke University Health System comprise Duke Health, a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Health Integrated Practice, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home Care and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Closing Date: 7/12/2024
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Quinn Ostrom,  Biostatistician II
Contact Location:

   NC  27719
United States
Contact Location:
     NC  27719
  United States
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Additional Information: Remote or hybrid work environment possible

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