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Operating one of the industry’s largest and most respected research programs, Kaiser Permanente employs nearly 1,800 research experts at 9 specialized centers across the country. With a research budget of $221 million and more than 2,500 studies and clinical trials underway at any given time, this is a place where you can have a profound impact on the future of health.

Lead Biostatistician - Behavioral, Biostatistics, and Health Services Research

Location: Pasadena, CA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 800484 Date posted: 07/15/2019
Manages the activities of a group of biostatisticians in support of research projects. Collaborate with researchers in designing, implementing, and publishing results from research projects and assume primary responsibility for writing statistical design, methods, and analysis for research proposals.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for hiring, providing ongoing feedback, performance appraisals, professional development and recognition of staff.  
  • Meets regularly one-on-one with individual staff.
  • Meets regularly with research investigators to check on project needs and staff performance.
  • Conducts customer service surveys with Medical Center Investigators to gather feedback on staff.  
  • Provides high level expertise on research projects in study design and statistical planning, in data analysis and interpretation, and in statistical reporting.
  • Assigns biostatistician specific job duties.
  • Planning/setting goals for the group and facilitate group meetings.
  • Perform as a senior biostatistician on research projects.  
  • Design and perform advanced statistical analyses using SAS and available computer software packages. Develop the statistical design and planned analyses for research proposals and take primary responsibility for writing the statistical design, including sample size and power considerations in research proposals for most studies.
  • Independently work with researchers to shape and direct research questions.
  • Independently draw appropriate and logical conclusions given study limitations for selected studies and write the results sections for reports and publications.
  • Write custom statistical programming applications or adapts statistical techniques, as required, to meet study objectives.
  • Independently design appropriate data collection and quality control methods and oversee the quality control efforts.
  • Collaborate with the research team to defend statistical methods to committees, journal reviewers, grant reviewers or site visit teams.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
  • Consistently supports compliance and the Principles of Responsibility (Kaiser Permanente's Code of Conduct) by maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of information, protecting the assets of the organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting non-compliance, and adhering to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accreditation and licenser requirements (if applicable), and Kaiser Permanente's policies and procedures.  
  • In addition to defined technical requirements, accountable for consistently demonstrating service behaviors and principles defined by the Kaiser Permanente Service Quality Credo, the KP Mission as well as specific departmental/organizational initiatives. Also accountable for consistently demonstrating the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members, and to purchasers, contracted providers and vendors.
  • Kaiser Permanente is an EEO/AA Employer.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Six (6) years or more advanced data analysis experience in analyzing medical or health research data using statistical package(s) including three or more years of statistical consulting experience in healthcare or medical research areas.
  • Minimum three (3) years of leadership experience.
  • Education
  • Master's degree in biostatistics, statistics, mathematics or a related field of study, with at least two (2) years of coursework in statistics or biostatistics.
  • License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A.

  • Additional Requirements:
  • Ability to organize and manipulate large datasets.
  • Ability to express complex statistical concepts and technical information to researchers or to audiences with clinical training.
  • Ability to write statistical methods and sample size/power considerations for complex projects with minimal guidance.
  • Knowledge and experience SAS and / or R or comparable advanced programming language.
  • Excellent analytic and critical thinking skills, writing skills, communication skills, consulting skills, and ability to work within a team.
  • Must be an independent self-starter.

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three or more years of experience with study design.
  • Knowledge in the design of observational studies or clinical trials.
  • Advanced SAS programming experience, including macros and complex statistical analysis.
  • Phd in biostatistics, statistics, mathematics or a related field of study.
  • Primary Location: California,Pasadena,S. Los Robles Administration 100 S. Los Robles Ave Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Manager with Direct Reports Job Category: Research and Development Department: Research and Evaluation Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time 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.

    About Research & Development Careers

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    Recognized worldwide for their scientific expertise, our researchers collect data on topics including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, and drug safety — just to name a few.

    In addition to studies centered at these facilities, our physicians and researchers conduct clinical trials of new drugs, medical devices, and other therapies through several organized centers and independently at single sites. Put together, Kaiser Permanente's research centers and scientists comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive nonacademic research programs in the United States.

    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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