Durham, North Carolina

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Biostatistics Shared Resource


Position Description

Occupational Summary

Perform statistical analysis as assigned for the Biostatistics Shared Resource [BSR] for the Duke Cancer Institute [DCI]. Specifically, this position will collaborate with DCI members in the Brain Tumor Center and the Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis, among others. This biostatistician will attend research meetings, perform data management and statistical analysis, create work products, and participate in all aspects of research projects with guidance from Senior-level staff or faculty biostatisticians.


Work Performed

Research Design, Programming, and Collaboration 

Prepare statistical analysis plans, independently generate descriptive and basic test statistics, analyze basic data requests and generate statistical modeling results.  Learn new statistical methods as needed and apply new skills to future projects.  Document analyses, create summaries, and present results in written and verbal form to requestors.  Be 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, with guidance.   Contribute meaningfully to discussions of analyses and identify next steps for analyses. Collaborate closely with investigators, sponsors, and other trial leadership to ensure that trial/project results are presented accurately and without bias. 

Design analysis data set specifications through writing SAS, S-Plus, Stata, or R code.  Find errors, correct, and validate output and results.  Perform complex programming such as data transposition and macros.  Program analysis datasets using SAS or other software, combine multiple raw databases and derive analysis variables accurately.  Use complicated SAS procedures and options and program with increasing efficiency.  With minimal or no guidance, prepares statistical analysis plans.  Performs and interprets basic and complex analyses without guidance.  Uses statistical and medical understanding to propose and perform additional analyses appropriately and independently.  Learns new statistical methods and applies new skills to future projects. 

Collaborate effectively with other Biostatisticians and statistical programmers that are supporting projects.  Identify potential data problems from analytic data queries and bring them to the attention of the team. 


Demonstrate understanding of clinical trial/project data collection processes and data sets and share knowledge with collaborators.  Collaborate effectively with a variety of types of individuals, both senior and junior; including programmers, medical personnel, and business representatives.  Develop leadership and communication skills and share them with others.  Discusses analytic issues related to other findings within a clinical trial/project.  Independently and proactively assesses how clinical trial/project results fit in the context of results from similar clinical trials/projects in the broader field.  Contributes meaningfully and creatively to discussions of analyses and proactively identifies next steps for analyses.


Lead or participate actively in the statistical team responsible for designing and validating analysis data sets, programs, and statistical output products [tables, listings, figures]. Collaborates effectively and confidently with a variety of types of individuals: programmers, statisticians [both junior and senior], medical personnel, senior scientists and representatives within the business community.  Consistently demonstrates professional qualities in a variety of settings and through multiple experiences and demonstrate increasing ability to manage project responsibilities across a variety of different projects

Participate in most statistical aspects of medical research projects, with consultation or assistance when needed.  Represent the functional group in project team meetings and contribute constructively to project discussions.  Understand the contracted scope of work and forecast hours and schedule to complete a trial/project.


Scientific Writing, Editing, Publication 

Draft statistical sections for study synopses and protocols, with guidance of senior Biostatistician or faculty statistician.  Generate project randomization sequences and random study drug kit numbers; provide input and review of telephone-based on internet-based randomization system specifications.  Build documentation and organizational skills to effectively return to a trial or manuscript project after long intervals during which other members of the project team made no progress.


Collaborates effectively with statistical programmers that support clinical trial/projects. Identifies potential data problems from analytic queries and takes appropriate initiative to guide the process of resolution.  Demonstrates thorough understanding of clinical trial/project data collection processes and data sets and shares knowledge with collaborators, fellow statisticians, and programmers.  Possesses broad programming abilities and shares them with others by consultation and example and maintains programming skills even when delegating many programming tasks to others.


Manage project responsibilities with decreasing levels of supervision or regular support and take the initiative to complete project-specific responsibilities with minimal supervision.  Demonstrate progress in the ability to multi-task.


Regulatory, Data Security, and Reproducibility

Handles and secures highly confidential and sensitive analyses and documentation.  Supports the preparation of Data and Safety Monitoring Board reports and final statistical and study reports, including those intended for regulatory submission, and collaborates with medical writers as needed.  Provide input regarding data collection tools and data correction criteria and procedures.  Understand study data and the intricacies of the process through which it is being collected.


Adhere to standard operating procedures [SOPs] of the functional department as they apply to documentation and validation of clinical research statistics.  Understand guidelines from the FDA, ICH, EMEA, NIH, or other regulatory agency as they apply to statistics and programming.  Participate in educational initiatives regarding protection of human subjects, as required.


And other work as assigned. 


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.  The intent of this job description is to be representative of the level and the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of this position and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities.



A master degree in biostatistics, strong technical writing skills; experience with clinical trials and project management. 


Qualifications Required At This Level


Work requires a minimum of a Master's degree in [bio] statistics or related field and no relevant experience, or a bachelor degree in [bio] statistics or related field and 2 years relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant education/experience.


Or an equivalent combination of relevant education/experience. 

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


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Durham, North Carolina

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