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Collaborative Biostatistician II

Location Seattle, Washington Job Number 1064219 Date posted 04/25/2022
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The Biostatistics Division at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI; is comprised of 10 PhD-level biostatistician investigators and 9 MS- or PhD-level collaborative biostatisticians. KPWHRI collaborative biostatisticians apply statistical methods to data from both observational studies and clinical trials in an interdisciplinary academic research environment. Using electronic health data from health care delivery systems, biostatisticians collaborate with teams across research areas such as aging, behavioral health, cancer, health equity, immunizations, informatics, mental health, pharmacoepidemiology, and social determinants of health. KPWHRI’s research is primarily funded through federal grants and contracts that total more than $60 million annually. Applicants who represent the broad range of diversity and lived experiences in our communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Collaborative Biostatistician II works with clinical and public health researchers to provide statistical support for all aspects of research studies, including study design, conducting statistical analyses and accurately interpreting results, with minimal direction from a senior biostatistician.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Conducts advanced statistical analyses with minimal supervision to provide statistical support to project teams: Coordinates data analyses activities that includes writing statistical programs in SAS, STATA, R, and other programming languages; may direct junior biostatisticians in carrying out analyses; summarizes and interprets the results of statistical analyses, verbally and in writing for investigators and project teams; provides recommendations to projects teams regarding choice of statistical method.

  • Assists and may lead in study design and planning: Reviews and participates in the development of study protocols and grant applications by writing components of methods sections for grants and publications; performs study sample size calculations; assists in the selection of the appropriate study design; selects, designs, and documents appropriate statistical analysis plans; helps develop data collection tools; attends study planning meetings and teleconferences.

  • Assists in and directs data management on research projects: Adheres to departmental guidelines pertaining to project documentation; plans data management activities on research projects (e.g. data cleaning/quality assurance, data documentation, creation of analysis datasets); carries out data management activities or provides direction to programmers to carry out data management activities; understands limitations of data sources; identifies and resolves concerns using interactive problem solving and trouble-shooting techniques.

  • Assists in disseminating research: Prepares written summaries of statistical analysis results for use at study meetings; independently writes components of methods sections for scientific publications; presents statistical analysis, methods, and results at project team meetings and Biostatistics Unit meetings; reviews analytic results in manuscripts and reports to ensure transparency, accuracy, and reproducibility.

  • Adheres to federal and local regulations: Follows institutional review board approved protocols; adheres to the research protocols for maintaining HIPAA compliance when accessing, manipulating, storing, and transferring data; partners with study team to adhere to research requirements outlined in study protocol and data use agreements, reports any violation/deviation immediately to the project lead; completes federal and local compliance trainings.

  • Supports the development of novel statistical methods by senior statisticians: Conducts methodological literature reviews, designs and carries out simulation studies, and/or implements analyses to compare statistical methods.

  • Provides guidance to other biostatisticians or students and informal biostatistical tutoring of project members.

  • Continuously develops own statistical and scientific skills: Develops new expertise with statistical methods or software through self-study, courses, workshops, seminars; gains knowledge in scientific areas through collaborations with project teams; integrates scientific knowledge into study design and statistical analyses plans.

Basic Qualifications:



  • Minimum five (5) years experience post MS degree as a biostatistician providing statistical design and analysis support to research studies. If candidate has the preferred Doctoral degree (at time of employment start), the experience requirement is waived.

  • Minimum ten (10) co-authored, peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. If candidate has the preferred Doctoral degree (at time of employment start), then peer-reviewed article requirement is waived.



  • Masters degree (MS) Biostatistics or Statistics.


License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A


Additional Requirements:

  • Knowledge of inferential statistics, research design, principles of data integrity, and quantitative analytic methods.

  • Extensive experience conducting statistical analyses in at least one statistical programming language (e.g., SAS, STATA, R, etc.).

  • Ability to work on four (4) to five (5) research projects at once.

  • 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 work within a team.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction.

  • Strong analytic and critical thinking skills.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Biostatistician work experience in medical or health research.

  • At least ten (10) coauthored, peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals.

  • Doctoral Degree (PhD, ScD) in Biostatistics or Statistics.

  • Proficiency with at least one major statistical programming package (SAS, Stata, R/S-Plus).

Primary Location: Washington,Seattle,Met Park East Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Working Hours Start: 08:00 AM Working Hours End: 05:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE-WA-04|NUE|Non Union Employee Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: Met Park East - Research Administration - 1130 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.