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Senior Collaborative Biostatistician

Location Seattle, Washington Job Number 1064222 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 Senior Collaborative Biostatistician 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, often acting as the lead statistician on project teams, and may act as a co-investigator on research projects.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Independently directs and conducts advanced statistical analyses and provides statistical leadership to project teams: Coordinates data analysis activities, which may include writing analysis plans, writing statistical programs in SAS, STATA, R, and other programming languages; supervises the work of junior statisticians in carrying out analyses and providing statistical support to project teams; summarizes and interprets the results of statistical analysis, verbally and in writing for investigators and project teams; provides recommendations to projects teams regarding choice of statistical methods.

  • Participates in or leads study design and planning: Helps to focus research plans through clarification of scientific hypotheses; works with study lead to ensure appropriate staffing for execution of statistical work; performs study sample size calculations; assists in the selection of the appropriate study design; reviews and participates in the development of study protocols and grant applications by independently writing components of methods sections; selects and designs 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 or junior statisticians to carry out data management activities; demonstrates a thorough understanding of 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 publication; 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; draws appropriate and logical conclusions given study limitations; and assists in writing the results sections for reports and publications.

  • 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, reporting any violation/deviation immediately to the project lead; completes federal and local compliance trainings.

  • Supports the development of novel statistical methods by senior statisticians.

  • Provides mentoring and develops statistical skills of others: Gives seminars or short courses on statistical methods; mentors other biostatisticians, staff, or students.

  • 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. has special expertise in application of at least one type of statistical methodology.

Basic Qualifications:



  • Minimum ten (10) years experience post MS degree as a biostatistician providing statistical design and analysis support to research studies. If candidate has the preferred Doctoral degree, will accept five (5) years of experience as a biostatistician providing statistical design and analysis support to research studies.

  • Minimum twenty (20) co-authored, peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. If candidate has the preferred Doctoral degree, will accept ten (10) co-authored articles.



  • Masters (MS) degree in Biostatistics or Statistics.


License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A


Additional Requirements:

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

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

  • Ability to work on five (5) to seven (7) 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 plan and direct analysis activities on research grants.

  • Ability to mentor junior biostatisticians and programmers.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with at least one statistical methodology or scientific area.

  • Excellent analytic and critical thinking skills.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Biostatistician experience in medical or health research.

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

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.