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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

The Statistician Lead/Senior will work with the Cancer Data Science (CDS) Shared Resource at University of Michigan whose mission is to enhance the quality of Rogel Cancer Center research through the use of effective, appropriate and state-of-the-art statistical and bioinformatics methods. CDS is currently seeking a biostatistician to join a team of multi-disciplinary oncology researchers engaged in preclinical, translational, and clinical oncology research to grow the research goals of the Rogel Cancer Center at the University of Michigan. You will report to the director of the Center for Cancer Biostatistics. 

This position is term-limited for three years with the possibiity of extension based on the availability of funding.

As a University of Michigan School of Public Health employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives locally, in our state, and around the world. We are looking for an experienced and dynamic staff member with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.


  • Statistical analysis of laboratory and clinical data research into new and existing therapies for cancer.
  • Develop and implement advanced and rigorous quantitative methodologies for high-dimensional complex-structured, multi-modal data such as modern multiplatform ‘omics technologies.
  • Summarize data with descriptive statistics, working with collaborators to define scientific questions, formulating models and methods to draw inference from the data, applying the appropriate statistical methods to the data, producing and presenting results of the statistical analysis.
  • Contribute to multi-disciplinary clinical and/or translational cancer research efforts across the cancer center. Assist in grant writing endeavors for collaborative grants; co-author, revise, and draft peer-reviewed manuscripts and statistical sections of grant proposals
  • Utilize statistical, mathematical, and machine learning skills to build algorithms and identification new technologies available for analytical area
  • Support downstream biological, clinical and translational interpretations.
  • Manage and organize databases. Work with owners and controllers of databases to maintain access and understand content as well as merging data, inconsistency checking and data cleaning.
  • Participate in research group meetings to form and refine research objectives, attend lab meetings, oversee 1-2 graduate students, complete continuing professional education courses.
  • Help write publications and other reports.
  • Assist faculty and supervise junior staff and analysts to run analyses with existing pipelines as well as guiding them to develop pipelines with some customization.

Required Qualifications*

Lead level: Master's or PhD degree in bio/-statistics or closely related quantitative field. 5 or more years of professional experience.

Senior level: Master’s or PhD degree in bio/-statistics, data science or closely related quantitative field. 3-5 years of professional experience.


Desired Qualifications*

  • Substantial experience in biomedical research.
  • Experience in management and statistical analyses of biomedical and health data.
  • Proficiency in SAS, R, or other statistical software.
  • Prior knowledge of cancer research and cancer prevention and treatments is desirable.
  • Experience collaborating with biomedical researchers.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Experience with fitting and interpreting results from advanced statistical methods, machine learning and high-dimensional/Big data analytics.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Please note the salary ranges for each classification:

Statistician Lead: $74,391 - $91,895

Statistician Senior: $64,299 - $80,078

Additional Information

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.