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Employer: Duke University
Located in: Durham, North Carolina
Degree Required: PhD
The Department of Population Health Sciences (DPHS) Biostatistician II performs statistical analysis for multiple competing projects in the DPHS research portfolio. Performs intermediate-level statistical analysis and programming and coordinates the statistical needs of each research project with guidance from senior biostatisticians 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.
With appropriate guidance, prepares statistical analysis plans. Independently generates descriptive and basic test statistics, analysis of basic data requests and generates statistical modeling results. Learns new statistical methods and applies new skills to future projects.
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. Contributes meaningfully to discussions of analyses and identifies next steps for analyses.
Designs analysis data set specifications, 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.
Collaborates effectively with statistical programmers that support research projects. Identifies potential data problems from analytic queries and brings them to the attention of the team. Demonstrates understanding of research project data collection processes and data sets and shares knowledge with collaborators, fellow statisticians, and programmers.
Participates in most statistical aspects of a research project with consultation or assistance as needed. Represents the functional group in project team meetings and contributes constructively to project discussions. Collaborates with project leader, principal investigator, other clinical investigators, and external government or industry representatives to jointly achieve objectives and timelines.
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.
Collaborates closely with investigators, sponsors, and other project leadership to ensure that research project results and conclusions are presented accurately and without bias. Leads or participates actively in the statistical team responsible for designing and validating analysis data sets, programs, and statistical output products (tables, listings, figures).
Manages project responsibilities with decreasing levels of supervision or regular support and takes initiative to complete project-specific responsibilities with minimal supervision. Demonstrates progress in ability to multi-task.
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.
2681 BIOSTATISTICIAN II
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Work requires a minimum of a Master's degree in (bio)statistics or related field and no relevant experience, or a bachelors degree in (bio)statistics or related field and 2 years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination or relevant education and/or work experience.
OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE Prior contribution to analysis of research projects, a working knowledge of SAS, and solid command of the English language is required.
Posted on 02/01/2019
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