Title: Lead Biostatistician
Job Location :Columbia, MD
FLSA Status: Exempt
Date: July 2018
The Biostatistician will provide expertise in applicable public health disciplines to collect, abstract, code, analyze, and interpret scientific data contained within information systems and databases related to public health for current work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Biostatistician will be responsible for statistical analysis and reporting of captured data. The applicant will be expected to consult on design of statistical analysis plans, perform high-level statistical processes and report findings to multiple stakeholders.
Reports To: Project Manager
Primary Working Relationships: Internal and External Customers
Design, develop and implement research methods and advanced data analytic techniques to analyze key questions related to compliancy of measure indicators for quality reporting programs.
Utilize knowledge of social science, epidemiology, and public health literature, theories, and methods.
Combine large and small data sets to explore hypotheses and answer research questions.
Ability to conduct descriptive and inferential statistics, including regression and analysis of variance.
Provide consultation on design of data processing systems, specifying the needed output, the required input and the methods of validation and quality control.
Responsible for ensuring the statistical validity of study activities by solving problems occurring in the data collection process.
Provide guidance and instruction on appropriate statistical evaluation methods and best practices.
Assists clients in interpretation of statistical results and provide conclusions where appropriate.
Clearly summarize findings in oral, written, and graphical forms.
Performs data replication studies and critically evaluates statistical procedures used to produce study results.
Work with team to recommend and administer effective statistical methodology and strategies necessary for the creation, completion, and analysis of epidemiology or research projects and supervises the planning and designing of analytical procedures by others.
Provide technical expertise, consultation, advice on statistical analysis, methods and techniques for data studies. Collaborate with other researchers in the healthcare disciplines.
Convert highly statistical numerical output results into easily-understood written form for display in PowerPoint slides, Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.
Perform data mining exercises to identify areas of excellent performance and areas of potential improvement.
Apply statistical methods including, but not limited to: linear, logistic, and conditional logistic regression models, as well as survey statistics and survival analysis.
Perform a variety of tasks relying on extensive clinical, statistical and information technology experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
Prepare analysis plans to include, but not limited to data validation and monitoring and evaluation that are tailored to the customer's needs.
Write detailed specifications for analysis files, consistency checks, tables, and figures; communicate with clients regarding statistical analysis issues.
Master's degree or PhD preferred in Biostatistics, Computer Science, Statistical Mathematics, or other related field and/or discipline.
5 years' experience as a Biostatistician using commercial statistical software packages, particularly SAS.
Experience with R free implementation of the S (programming language) RStudio.
Experience with sample size calculations and methodologies.
Knowledge of surveillance and case-control study design and analysis. Experience with a variety of different groups in various disciplines.
Well-versed in Microsoft Office products.
Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods to plan and implement public health programs.
Strong database skills particularly querying and transforming datasets for import into various applications.
Knowledge of various healthcare data sources and clinical issues.
Excellent written and oral communication.
Strong attention to detail and problem-solving abilities.
These essential functions are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the physical aspects of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Use of office equipment including personal computer, laptop computer, printer, fax machine and telephone
The employee is occasionally required to use hands and fingers to operate, handle, and reach
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus
Communicate effectively in writing and verbally in person, via email and via telephone in English
Sit for extended periods of time up to 7 hours per day
Standard workweek 40-50 hours
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; and nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.