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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Lead Biostatistician - Anesthesia in Boston, Massachusetts

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Lead Biostatistician - Anesthesia

Department Description:Research-Anesthesia

Job Location:Boston, MA

Req ID:37995BR

Job Summary:This role includes key trial statistician responsibilities including statistical design, and conducting analyses and data exploration, and generating key documents such as statistical analysis plans and grant materials. Individual has progressed beyond the Research Fellow/Trainee stage and is functioning at the independent Statistician III level. A Statistician III may be in the entry to more senior level at varying degrees of independence and must have been awarded or have completed the requirements for a doctoral degree or foreign equivalent.

The Lead Biostatistician will be an integral member of a robust clinical research group in the department of Anesthesia. The candidate will be engaged in multiple NIH-funded multi-center trials as well as a number of other projects. The trial portfolio in the Department of Anesthesia includes interventional and observation trials, education research and physiological studies. Statistical and analytical support will be utilized at all stages of the project lifecycle, from sample size calculations, to database design, data cleaning, and analysis. Excellent technical, organizational, and communication skills are a must.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develops statistical solutions to optimally support all phases of research projects including clinical trials.

  • Functions as a study Lead Statistician and is accountable for study level deliverables.

  • Performs trial statistician responsibilities as needed, including attendance of study team meetings, review of protocols/amendments, conducting exploratory data analyses, and performing just-in-time analyses

  • Applies innovative statistical approaches to study design, analysis and data exploration methodologies

  • Serves as a general clinical development and statistical resource

  • May supervise, orient and/or train staff - may have one direct report

  • Provides statistical education to clinical investigators including faculties, fellows, residents and medical students

  • May need to provide statistical consulting services to investigators from Harvard Medical School and affiliated hospitals if needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in Biostatistics or Epidemiology required.

  • 1-3 years related work experience required in Academic research..

  • Knowledge of epidemiology, outcomes research, evidence-based medicine, and experience using longitudinal datasets, data repositories and statistical Analysis with SAS, STATA, SPSS or alternative statistical software

  • Advanced skills with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access and other web-based applications. May produce complex documents, perform analysis and maintain databases.


  • Decision Making:Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.

  • Problem Solving:Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.

  • Independence of Action:Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.

  • Written Communications:Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.

  • Team Work:Ability to lead collaborative teams for larger projects or groups both internal and external to the Medical Center and across functional areas. Results have implications for the management and operations of multiple areas of the organization.

  • Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally