Biostatistician II

Duke Health | Durham, NC, United States

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Posted Date 6/10/2022

School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nations 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 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Occupational Summary

Performs intermediate-level statistical analysis and programming for clinical research projects with particular emphasis on analyses based on clinical trial data, electronic health record data and other retrospective studies. Collaborates closely with a cross-functional project team, physicians, and external government or industry representatives with regard to statistical aspects of each project. Coordinates the statistical needs of each project.

** NOTE: This position may have an opportunity to work remotely. All Duke University and Duke Health remote workers must reside in one of the following states or districts: Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; Montana; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia or Washington, DC.

Work Performed

Collaborates with clinical investigators to translate clinical goals into questions that can be answered using available data and statistical techniques. Takes the lead on preparation of statistical analysis plans for abstracts or manuscripts targeted to a clinical audience while incorporating input from more senior statistician on the team and from clinical collaborators.

Performs statistical analyses laid out in the analysis plan, seeking input and review from more senior statistician on the team. Independently generates descriptive and basic test statistics and graphics, analysis of basic data requests and generates statistical modeling results. Applies more complex statistical methods with decreasing levels of supervision. Learns new statistical methods as needed, and applies new skills to future projects.

Documents analyses, creates summaries, and presents results in written and verbal form to requestors. With guidance, able to work on any phase of a manuscript project, from initial meeting with an investigator to final review of a manuscript prior to submission for publication (checking presentation of results for accuracy and appropriate interpretation). Contributes meaningfully to discussions of analyses with clinical investigators and other statisticians and identifies next steps for analyses.

Leads or participates actively in the statistical team responsible for designing and validating analysis data sets, programs, and statistical output products. Collaborates effectively with statistical programmers who support their projects. Identifies potential data problems from analytic queries and brings them to the attention of the team. Demonstrates understanding of project data collection processes and data sets and shares knowledge with collaborators.

Proficient in SAS and/or R. Knowledge of Python or other programming languages is desirable. Performs complex programming such as data transposition and macros. Programs analysis datasets using SAS and/or R; combines multiple disparate raw databases and derives analysis variables accurately. Uses SAS and/or R procedures and options for statistical analysis; programs with increasing efficiency.

Handles and secures highly confidential and sensitive analyses and documentation. Learns IT tools and analytical methods appropriate for projects. Collaborates closely with clinical investigators, other statisticians and statistical programmers to share and document this knowledge.

Participates in most statistical aspects of a project, with consultation or assistance when needed. Represents the functional group in project team meetings and contributes constructively to project discussions. Understands the contracted scope of work and estimates hours and resources expected to complete each project. 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.

Adheres to standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the functional department as they apply to documentation and validation of clinical research statistics.

Collaborates effectively with a variety of types of individuals: programmers, statisticians (both junior and senior), medical personnel, and representatives within the business community. Develops leadership and communication skills and shares them with others.

Learns about clinical aspects of the research, as appropriate.

Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Required Qualifications at this Level


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 3 years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or work experience.



Prior contribution to analysis of research projects, a working knowledge of SAS and/or R, and solid command of the English language is required.

Minimum Qualifications


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.

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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