Houston, Texas


Biostatistician (Supporting NASA at JSC)

Purpose/Function (Job Summary)

The primary function of this position is to provide biostatistical consultant services to personnel supporting the NASA Human Health and Performance Directorate at Johnson Space Center. This is a position managed under the Flight and Medical Operations Division but co-located with and providing significant consulting support to the Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences Division. Under the technical direction of the Discipline Lead, this individual will be a member of a highly integrated team of biostatisticians, clinicians, epidemiologists and research scientists working to mitigate human spaceflight risks and provide astronaut clinical care and occupational surveillance. In this capacity, the incumbent will provide statistical direction and services on a wide variety of projects to meet NASA human exploration goals. As a member of this team, the incumbent must possess the ability to critically analyze clinical and research data, assimilate findings through the application of statistical principles and practices requiring intensive and comprehensive statistical expertise, build visualizations to convey results, and effectively communicate results to a variety of technical and management audiences with varying levels of statistical knowledge. Incumbent will perform other duties and assignments as required.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serve as a statistical consultant for assigned research and occupational surveillance projects using clinical and experiment data
  • Develop statistical plans for data analysis in support of proposed research questions
  • Participate in statistical reviews of ongoing projects to ensure appropriateness of statistical methodology, verify quality and accuracy of statistical analyses, and ensure accurate reporting and interpretation of analyses
  • Be familiar with statistical software such as SAS or R
  • Assist with management of data-oriented deliverables (i.e., data design, validation checks and critical data)
  • Develop statistical deliverables (i.e., analysis plans, methodology and statistical results sections, interpretation of results) for data requests, clinical reports, presentations and manuscripts
  • Draft and edit reports and manage long-term progression of papers, presentations or poster sessions, and NASA reports, and effectively report study results to varied audiences
  • Participate in biostatistics team meetings to foster use of best practices and effective communication and collaboration among research and epidemiology group biostatisticians
  • Participate and present information in biostatistics and epidemiology technical information exchange meetings and educational forums
  • Provide statistical support to Human Research Program PIs in development of grants and protocols
  • Serve as member of NASA IRB, participating in monthly IRB meetings as statistician SME to evaluate proposals using human research
  • Maintain current CITI Human Subjects Research - Biomedical Research certification
  • Other tasks as directed



PhD degree in Biostatistics, Statistics or similar and 6 years of relevant work experience; including statistical consulting experience within the medical/physiology field and clinical or occupational data mining


  • Demonstrated experience with multiple types of statistical analysis methods including generalized linear and nonlinear models with repeated measures, non-parametric modeling and analysis, Bayesian analysis, survival analysis, and techniques for dealing with missing data
  • Experience with the statistical complexities of working with clinical care/human physiological data
  • Experience with statistical analytical methodologies working with small sample sizes.
  • Successful experience working both independently and as part of a team on multiple concurrent projects (i.e., occupational surveillance projects)
  • Has authored/co-authored at least 1 paper in a peer-reviewed publication within the past two years

Skills/Training R


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in writing analysis code in statistical software packages such as SAS, R, Stata, and MatLab.
  • Experience conducting statistical analyses in cloud-based platforms such as Cloudera Data Science Workbench
  • Superior analytical, planning, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including effectively explaining statistical concepts to non-statisticians
  • Demonstrated experience with collaborations across groups and disciplines
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple concurrent tasks and seek direction on competing priorities


  • Experience developing data visualizations in software such as Tableau or R Shiny
  • Ability to be creative in developing tailor-made methods for analyzing “small-n” data sets is strongly desired

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