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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

A physician-scientist in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine seeks a full-time Statistician Senior to work as a key member of the project management team. The Statistician Senior will support the physician-scientist and the research in conducting research projects. The physician-scientist performs health services/health policy research on the quality and value of healthcare for an aging population with a special interest on complex older adults and Alzheimer’s Disease. Current projects include studies of healthcare outcomes for people with dementia, older women with urinary incontinence, and care at intersection of acute and long term care. This job will be a great position for a person who desires a career in health services and health policy research.

This position works under guidance of the Program Manager and Research Assistant Professor and must demonstrate the ability to work independently. This position must understand both database and research complexities, and apply independent problem solving that requires the application of statistical and mathematical principles for clinical and health policy problems.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine 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.


This position involves a wide range of tasks including data management, programming, and analysis supporting research based on large national healthcare claims datasets. Specifically, the position involves providing independent and collaborative programming and statistical support including:

  • Writing, testing, and implementing programs using SAS/STATA/R to clean, manage, merge, and analyze large, complex datasets
  • Implementing methods to ensure data quality
  • Performing data work according to specific analysis plans
  • Independently conducting appropriate data analyses
  • Preparing and maintaining technical documentation of data and analytic files
  • Summarizing, interpreting, and presenting results in written, tabular and visual formats
  • Assisting in the writing of manuscripts and grant proposals
  • 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 statistics, mathematics, economics, biostatistics, computer science, information, or related field and 3-5 years experience.
  • Experience with SAS/STATA/R.
  • Strong statistical background and programming knowledge.
  • Ability to be consistently and extremely detail-oriented.
  • Ability to draft statistical tests in accordance with project designs, 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.
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently and responsibly.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Direct experience in supporting, managing and analyzing major research projects using large administrative datasets such as Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance is preferred.
  • Conversant or some knowledge of any of the following methodologies:  Logistic and OLS regression, propensity score matching or weighting, interrupted time series, difference-in-difference analysis, survival models, and cluster analysis.
  • Teaching orientation and interest or experience in communicating and sharing programming and statistical approaches with colleagues and other internal partners
  • Prior research publications in statistical or medical journals
  • Experience with SQL including the ability to write update, select, insert, and join commands.


Background Screening

Michigan Medicine 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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.