• Statistician II

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 2 months ago(8/9/2018 3:42 PM)
    Job ID
    IT/Health IT/Informatics
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    The Division of Population Science’s Center for Outcomes and Policy Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is seeking a statistician to work collaboratively with medical researchers and statisticians within our division. Qualified candidates will have formal training in statistics or biostatistics and strong statistical computing skills.


    Researchers in the Division of Population Science’s Center for Outcomes and Policy Research aim to enhance the outcomes of interventions to prevent and treat cancer from both efficacy and cost-effectiveness perspectives. Investigations focus on optimizing the patient experience by ensuring that clinical and societal resources from interventions to services are utilized in the best possible way. By identifying determinants of the quality of care patients receive, investigators can work toward eliminating barriers to optimal care and translate their findings and programs on a large scale.


    The Statistician will work with multiple investigators on research projects from the early stages of study design through the later stages of manuscript preparation and submission to academic journals.

    • Use standard statistical packages for data manipulation and statistical analysis

    • Write the statistical methods section of a manuscript and assist in writing the results section

    • Summarize results using tables and figures.

    The Statistician will also assist multiple investigators in the preparation of research grants. Specifically:

    • The Statistician will consult with investigators in planning grant submissions to help formulate specific aims

    • match the experimental design with scientific objectives

    • Review relevant subject matter literature and any preliminary data

    • Plan reasonable data analyses, and calculate and justify sample size

    There will be opportunities to work on projects involving statistical methodological development as well. The statistician may also work on developing or testing new statistical software for novel statistical techniques.


    The Statistician will be responsible for managing and organizing data files and analysis program codes of the assigned projects, so that any other statisticians in this group can easily take over and reproduce the results. This person is expected to demonstrate a high degree of independence in these activities described above. 


    • MA/MS in statistics or biostatistics is required.

    • At least 3 years of full-time relevant work experience is preferred, but candidates with less experience will be considered; job title will be commensurate with experience.

    • A high proficiency in statistical computing using SAS is required as a portion of computing for some projects must be done in SAS. Additional knowledge of Stata, or R is helpful. 

    • Candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and work well as part of a collaborative research team.

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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