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Job Summary

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School is seeking a full-time biostatistician to join several other staff biostatisticians and to serve as a key member supporting the statistical needs of research projects of the Department’s faculty. The primary research interests of the faculty to whom the biostatistician will report include clinical and health services research.

This position works under limited supervision and the person who fills it must demonstrate the ability to work independently and with the highest professional standards. The candidate must understand both database and research complexities, and utilize existing and emerging scientific knowledge. Opportunities to participate in ongoing training, collaborative research meetings, and advanced methods workshops are supported and encouraged.


This position involves a wide range of tasks including data management, programming, and analysis supporting research based on large national claims databases (e.g., Medicare, Optum Insight) and on small clinical and laboratory datasets. Specifically, the position involves:

  • Providing guidance to investigators for study design issues
  • Performing power calculations and estimating sample size
  • Writing, testing, and implementing programs using SAS or R to clean, manage, merge, and analyze datasets that include large, complex (“big”) data
  • Implementing methods to ensure data quality
  • Developing and drafting specific analysis plans
  • Independently conducting appropriate data analyses
  • Preparing and maintaining technical documentation of data and analysis files
  • Summarizing, interpreting, and presenting results in written, tabular and visual formats
  • Assisting in the writing of manuscripts, grant proposals, poster and oral presentations
  • Participating as a team member in discussions on analysis and improvement of data collection, quality of data analyses, programming and documentation.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in biostatistics or statistics (related fields will be considered)
  • Training and experience in statistical consulting, with a minimum of one year of relevant experience
  • Experience using SAS and/or R for database management and statistical analysis. Strong programming knowledge using a high-level programming language
  • Ability to draft statistical tests in accordance with the project’s design, solve analytic problems, and develop instruments and related analysis plans
  • Working knowledge of epidemiologic concepts and methodology
  • Experience with complex data structures and linkages between data sources
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills. Proven ability to write clear and concise technical documentation, summaries of various methodologies, and descriptions of statistical results. Excellent communication, both oral and written in the English language, and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and efficiently work on multiple projects at the same time and sometimes under strict deadlines
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently and collaboratively with multiple researchers
  • Ability to be consistently and extremely detail-oriented

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in biostatistics or statistics
  • Experience in managing and supporting projects that involved large administrative datasets such as Medicare and commercial insurance claims data
  • Experience with other related software such as ArcGIS, Qualtrics, and Oracle
  • Knowledge of Natural Language Processing

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.