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Biostatistician II

Location: Aurora, CO Job Number: 714056 Date posted: 08/08/2018
Description: The Biostatistician II provides statistical support, with minimal direction from investigators and/or more senior staff, for multiple research studies. As part of a multidisciplinary research team, the Biostatistician II is responsible for ensuring data quality, participating in study design and protocol development, performing some data management activities, conducting statistical analyses, and summarizing methods and results for dissemination to appropriate audiences. Must have independent thinking and problem-solving skills. Responsible for complying with job-specific guidelines pertaining to functions including data use, transfer, archiving, and access. Maintains and supports a culture of compliance, ethics and integrity. Maintains knowledge of policies and procedures and performs in accordance with the Principles of Responsibilities and applicable regulatory requirements, external laws and accreditation standards. Appropriately reports observed fraud or abuse.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Conducts advanced statistical and/or data mining analyses (e.g., Cox regression, longitudinal analysis, mixed models, cluster analysis) and provides statistical consulting on methods with minimal direction from senior biostatisticians: writes statistical programs in SAS or other programming languages; summarizes and interprets results of analyses-verbally and in writing-for investigators, study teams, or other appropriate audiences; provides consultation to programmers and investigators regarding choice of statistical methods and interpretation of results. May support the development of novel statistical methods by more senior biostatisticians.

  • Assists in data management: plans and carries out data management activities (e.g., data cleaning/quality assurance, data documentation, analytic data set creation). Adheres to departmental guidelines pertaining to project documentation and quality assurance; reviews analytic results to ensure transparency, accuracy, and reproducibility. Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of data sources and systems and limitations of the data. Identifies and resolves problems using interactive problem solving and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Participates in study design and planning: reviews and participates in the development of study protocols and grant applications; performs sample size calculations; selects appropriate study design; designs appropriate analytic plans; attends study planning meetings. Develops own statistical/epidemiologic/research skills: develops new expertise with statistical, research, and/or epidemiologic methods or software through self-study, courses, workshops, or seminars. May act as a reviewer for journals and/or facilitate journal discussions.
  • Researches questions pertaining to methods, study design issues, operational definitions, etc. Assists research team in disseminating research: prepares written summaries of statistical analyses for use in study meetings, conferences, and peer-reviewed scientific publications; presents analyses, methods, and results internally (IHR biostatics meetings and noon seminars) and externally (KPCO operations, research conferences). May serve on institutional review board (IRB) or other committees; may facilitate/liaise with external organizations (e.g., ESJH Journal Club).

  • Develops solutions to a variety of problems of moderate scope and complexity, using judgment within defined policies and procedures; assesses information to identify the best solution from existing alternatives; exercises judgment to make decisions for less defined issues and selects methods and techniques for making decisions; works under limited direction and plans own activities to accomplish objectives; may influence others regarding existing concepts, processes and/or methodology; may have formal or informal leadership responsibilities; and provides informal work guidance or training to less-experienced team members.
  • Adheres to federal and local regulations and KPCO Standard Operating Procedures governing research. Maintains compliance when manipulating large volumes of patient data, both internal to KPCO and from external agencies.Follows the IRB approved protocols on federally funded grants as well as on internally funded projects. Adheres to the research protocols for maintaining HIPAA compliance when accessing, manipulating, storing, and transferring data. Partners with Investigators to adhere to the research requirements outlined in the study protocol and data use agreements report all violation/deviations immediately to the Investigator and IRB.



  • Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum four (4) years of health research, epidemiology, and/or statistical experience and three (3) years using SAS, R, or other statistical package required.
    Education
  • Master's degree in social or behavioral sciences, health services, public health, statistics, health economics, epidemiology, computational bioscience, or related field required.

    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

    Additional Requirements:
  • Knowledge of inferential statistics, research design, principles of data integrity, and quantitative analytic methods.
  • Ability to analyze large, complex data sets using SAS.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with KPCO source data systems.
  • Scientific or grant writing experience.
  • Ability to adapt to constantly changing environments & priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to work with internal and external customers

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • N/A

    Primary Location: Colorado,Aurora,Waterpark III 2550 S. Parker Rd. S400 Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Research and Development Department: Institute for Health Research Travel: No
    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
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    As a member of this team, you'll engage in meaningful work that has the power to affect outcomes and improve global health. Focused on areas like public-sector health services, epidemiology, and behavioral and clinical research, the work you do will ultimately allow us to improve the cost effectiveness and quality of the care we deliver — all while saving lives.

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