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Biostatistician I



Open Date 04/13/2017
Requisition Number PRN13987B
Job Title Biostatistician I
Working Title Biostatistician I
Job Grade E
FLSA Code Professional
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40 hrs/wk
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

VP Area Health Sciences
Department 00850 - Pediatric Critical Care
Location Other
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range $39,300 to $64,349 DOE
Close Date<br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> May close at anytime.
Open Until Filled<br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> May close at anytime. Yes
Job Summary

The Pediatric Critical Care Division at the University of Utah School of Medicine has an immediate opening for a Biostatistician I to join the Data Coordinating Center (DCC). The DCC provides data management, project management and statistical support for multicenter, investigator-initiated clinical research studies. This is an exciting opportunity to provide statistical support for DCC studies, including projects supported by the NIH funded Utah Trial Innovation Center (TIC). The Utah TIC is part of an initiative to create the Trial Innovation Network as part of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program. Autonomy, creativity, and critical thinking skills are strongly encouraged and definitely welcomed.

The Department of Pediatrics has a defined career ladder for our Biostatisticians and provides growth and professional development opportunities.


The Biostatistician I provides statistical support for clinical research studies within the Division of Pediatric Critical Care.

1. Works collaboratively with investigators on study manuscripts, with direction from the supervising and faculty statisticians. This includes creating Manuscript Analysis Plans (MAPs), reviewing/writing the manuscript, and tracking manuscript progress.
2. Creates analysis datasets and associated dataset specifications.
3. Prepares and communicates study results in oral and written summary (e.g., tables, figures and reports), with direction from study statistical team as needed.
4. Works collaboratively with the supervising statistician and study statistical team to support project needs. This includes completing quality assurance procedures and ensuring statistical documentation is current.
5. Works collaboratively with study team to support project needs and provide statistical perspective during all project stages (planning, enrollment, and post enrollment). This includes creating reports and reviewing study materials prepared by other team members.
6. Reviews data for discrepancies and works with the study team to resolve discrepancies. This includes descriptive summaries of analysis variables and general data checks.
7. In consultation with supervising statistician, successfully negotiates timelines and manages competing deadlines.
8. Actively expands own knowledge and understanding of statistical methods and programming.
9. Conforms to statistical and shared data coordinating center working guidelines and standard operating procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

This position requires familiarity with standard statistical analysis procedures with a minimum of a BS degree in statistics, biostatistics, or a related field; General programming skills or familiarity with at least one statistical programming language such as SAS or R with the ability to independently gain new skills and solve difficult programming challenges; Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is necessary; An ability to work on several projects simultaneously and manage deadlines, and good communication skills.


Candidates with experience in data manipulation and statistical analysis programming in SAS will be given preference.

Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • University of Utah Web Page
    • Internet: search engine, online job board, etc.
    • University of Utah employee referral
    • Career Services / Campus Job Fair
    • Community / Government Agency
    • Other / Unknown
  2. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree in statistics, biostatistics or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. If no, are you in the last semester of your Bachelor's program?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please indicate your level of familiarity with standard statistical analysis methods:
    • None
    • Minimal
    • Moderate
    • Extensive
  5. * Please indicate your level of familiarity programming in SAS or R
    • None
    • Minimal
    • Moderate
    • Extensive
  6. * Please indicate your level of experience and expertise working with the Microsoft Office suite:
    • None
    • Minimal
    • Moderate
    • Extensive
  7. * How many years of experience programming in SAS do you have?
    • None
    • Less than 1 year
    • 1 year or more, but less than 3 years
    • 3 years or more, but less than 5 years
    • 5 years or more, but less than 7 years
    • 7 years or more

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  3. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169