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Duke University
DCRI - Statistics
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Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Occupational Summary

Supervises the oversight and/or directs the day-to-day statistical analyses for secondary manuscripts and research analytics projects with the Center for Predictive Medicine. Also provides consultation/analysis for primary manuscripts for clinical trials when needed. This includes:

  • Provide statistical expertise to internal and external investigators.
  • Hire, manage and mentor members of the Center for Predictive Medicine (CPM).
  • Ensure appropriate estimates for time and costs are generated for budgets for those tasks performed by members of the Center for Predictive Medicine (CPM) or other statistical teams.
  • Represent DCRI statistics in meetings with sponsors and collaborators.
  • Manage the CPM research portfolio.
  • Be involved in new business development.
  • Oversee the financial status of the CPM portfolio.
  • Provide statistical oversight of lead statisticians on projects.
  • Ensures appropriate training, mentorship and advancement of team members

Reviews and comments on analysis work products and manuscripts. Develops educational materials for different audiences, for those with a minimal understanding of statistics to those with advanced statistical knowledge. Develops new understanding of statistical and data science methods as they are developed and mentors lead statisticians on using these methods. Shares statistical knowledge with others about simple and complex analyses, database merging, and other statistical issues as they arise.

Work Performed

Sharing Knowledge and Serving as Resource

  • Develops educational materials, conducts educational programs, and provides mentorship for others, including external groups such as pharmaceutical companies and other academic centers, non-statistical staff at the DCRI, and Web-based seminars
  • Provides educational experience/mentorship for internal statistical staff as follows:
  • Coordinates educational seminars
  • Offers educational opportunities and mentoring for statistical staff to expand their knowledge in the areas of analyses, medical writing, and communication
  • Serves as statistical resource for other members of the statistical team for simple and complex analyses, database merging, and other statistical or programming issues.
  • Learns about new statistical methods and shares the statistical concepts with others
  • Serves as the statistical liaison and consultant for national and international publication committee meetings
  • In addition to answering general questions, advises on such issues as they relate to manuscripts, patient-specific datasets, and receiving such datasets.

Statistical Analysis and Contribution to Clinical Research Projects

  • Serves consistently at the level of Senior Statistician and/or Principal Statistician with regard to statistical analysis on CPM projects
  • Is sought after as a key project participant
  • Retains primary responsibility of own analyses and projects in order to stay in touch with new experiences encountered by CPM staff facing similar problems within product line
  • Mentors and interprets advanced statistical analysis
  • Reviews the statistical literature and shares most relevant methods.
  • Provides statistical consulting for external investigators who have collected their own data.

Personnel Management

  • Oversees recruitment and hiring of statistical staff within CPM, and participates in the recruitment process for the broader Statistics group
  • Handles coaching and disciplinary actions, promotions, and transfers of direct reports.
  • Provide consultation for management of staff who are supervised by others in CPM.
  • Collaborates with Faculty Director of CPM, and FG Director and other Associate Directors to ensure consistent employee expectations and treatment across managers within the Statistics Department
  • Develops and implements CPM-specific orientation programs for new employees
  • Contributes to development of career paths and ongoing training and education of all Statistics staff
  • Maintains clearly defined job descriptions and competency matrix
  • Manages staff performance: performance plans, coaching and feedback, performance evaluations, and development plans
  • Communicates goals, policies, procedures, and priorities to staff within CPM
  • Monitors forecasts regarding workload volume and makes recommendations regarding staffing requirements in order to fulfill project deliverables while ensuring optimal efficiency and quality
  • Manages CPM managers and may manage CPM administrative staff

Operations Management

  • Develop or oversee development of workflow and operational processes to maximize standardization of approaches across all projects and achieve optimal efficiency
  • Determine and approve situations in which deviations from established processes are appropriate
  • Monitor progress and performance of clinical projects on an ongoing basis and ensure that services performed are in compliance with regulatory requirements and quality standards and within budgetary limits
  • Identify operational problems, issues, obstacles, and barriers across projects; identify trends and make recommendations for improvement
  • Oversee appropriate quality control activities
  • Acts as a liaison to operations staff throughout DCRI

Strategic Development

  • In partnership with the CPM Faculty Director, provide consultation and assistance to the functional group director in developing goals and objectives on an annual basis, and ensure alignment with the mission, vision, and goals of the DCRI; assist in developing strategic plans for the future direction of the functional group.
  • In partnership with the CPM Faculty Director, develop goals and objectives for CPM on an annual basis, ensuring alignment with the goals and objectives of the statistics functional group.
  • Keep abreast with emerging developments and trends in the field of clinical biostatistics
  • Provide operational guidance and support to the department toward DCRI’s mission of conducting innovative clinical research
  • Facilitate the identification and development of new services to be offered by CPM in order to meet customer needs

Business Development

  • In partnership with the CPM Faculty Director, leads development and enhancements of the CPM product lines (Secondary Manuscript and Research Analytics) within the Biostatistics functional area
  • Provides consultation and assistance to the Faculty Directors of CPM and Statistics, Associate Director for Business Operations, and Administrative and Budgeting Coordinator as needed to assist in recruitment and budgeting of new projects
  • Raises internal awareness and understanding within DCRI faculty and staff of CPM
  • Develops and/or provides input into marketing materials (slide presentations, brochures, website materials) regarding statistical capabilities and services related to product line
  • Consults with Strategic Business Development to provide advice regarding the practicality and appropriateness of potential projects
  • Collaborates closely with the Administrative and Budgeting Coordinator when needed to assist in proposal development and project budgeting


Master’s or Doctoral degree in (bio)statistics or related field highly preferred, and at least 8 (preferably 10 or more) years’ experience as a statistician in clinical research, with previous personnel management and supervisory experience..

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities include:

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
  • Advanced knowledge of SAS software as well as other statistical software (examples: R, Python),
  • Advanced statistical knowledge and analytical skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, demonstrated ability to lead in a team environment, and an ability to supervise and delegate tasks
  • Excellent working knowledge of clinical issues as they pertain to statistical analyses
  • Familiarity with data science methods
  • Experience with version control, databases, distributed computing, or cloud computing is preferable but not required.
  • Intellectual curiosity, as demonstrated by proactive pursuit of learning opportunities and diverse, challenging projects.


Reports to the Faculty Director of the Center for Predictive Medicine at the DCRI.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree required, preferably in nursing, pharmacy, or other allied health care discipline; Prefer Master's degree or other post graduate training in a clinical discipline or business/health care administration


Minimum of 8 years in clinical research. Previous personnel management


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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