Biostatistician I - Neurosurgery

Duke Health | Durham, NC, United States

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Posted Date 6/18/2021

School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Occupational Summary

· A biostatistician is needed to provide support on multiple cancer-related research projects by conducting intermediate-level statistical analysis and interpretation as well as writing statistical reports.

· The biostatistician will 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.

· This position requires close collaboration with the principal investigator and multi-institutional project teams.

Work Performed ·

With appropriate guidance, prepares statistical analysis plans. 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 (15%).

· Perform basic programming and data management tasks in R or other statistical software, create analytic datasets that have been appropriately checked for errors. Combines multiple disparate raw databases and derives analysis variables accurately (20%).

· Independently generates descriptive and basic test statistics, data analysis and generates statistical modeling results (40%).

· Assist with preparing research reports, including internal documentation, academic publications and scientific presentations (25%).

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. Demonstrates progress in ability to multi-task.

Required Qualifications at this Level


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.


This position requires a basic understanding of core statistical methods and statistical programming for monitoring data quality, modifying and cleaning data for analyses and performing statistical analysis. 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.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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