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Duke University
Biostat & Bioinformatics Chairs Office

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School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Occupational Summary

Under the leadership of the Biostatistics Core management team in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, perform intermediate-level statistical analysis and programming for a broad range of research projects. Collaborate closely with a cross-functional project team, including clinical investigators, quantitative scientists, and graduate students, with regard to statistical aspects of each project. Perform a variety of intermediate-level statistical and technical activities for the design, analysis and interpretation of statistical data in conjunction with an academic research program based in one of the departments, centers or institutes of the University. Participate in collaborative efforts to provide statistical support for the projects coming through the Biostatistics Core.



  • Communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, to internal team, colleagues, and functional group leadership on a regular basis
  • Participate in and contribute to project team and analysis discussions in a meaningful way
  • Give oral presentations of results/status at investigator/project/other meetings with minimal guidance
  • Engage with the scientific questions being addressed in collaborations and clearly communicates statistical concepts in the context of the research.
  • Try to solve problems independently and know when to seek help
  • Notify team leaders and/or managers of important or problematic issues in a timely manner
  • Take necessary steps to meet agreed upon deadlines
  • Identify opportunities to develop skills or efficiencies and share skills with others for professional development
  • Mentor interns and more junior staff members as appropriate
  • Participate in statistical aspects of a project, with an understanding of the major role of a biostatistician in a project, and carries out these roles adequately
  • Take appropriate initiative on own project responsibilities
  • Seek guidance for project-related tasks and analyses and regularly updates appropriate team members regarding progress and issues with the project
  • Manage one or more projects and shows understanding of overall project/collaboration objectives.
  • With increasing levels of independence, create accurate timelines and take necessary steps to meet project deadlines.
  • Hold a clear understanding of the scope of a project/task and expected deliverables
  • Identify out-of-scope requests promptly and reports to the appropriate team members for a project modification

  • Complete work within the allocated effort, or proactively identify potential effort overages and brings it to the attention of the appropriate team member
  • Follow expected processes and guidelines to produce high quality work
  • Support statistical advisor in developing and managing new collaborations such as, submission of new grants that cover biostatistical effort, development of new internal or external collaborative agreements that cover biostatistical effort


  • Write statistical analysis plans and analysis data set specifications following the standard guideline and template, with guidance
  • Write simple table, figure, and listing specifications without guidance following the standard guidelines and templates for creating specifications
  • Perform and interpret common statistical analysis results in an accurate manner with decreasing amounts of guidance
  • Attempt new statistical methods when analysis needs to change, with guidance
  • Identify next steps for analysis according to statistical analysis plan
  • Document analysis steps properly; summarize and present results (verbal and written) to requester clearly
  • Write methods and analysis sections of reports/manuscripts with decreasing levels of assistance of statistical advisor or reviewing statistician


  • Understand and apply statistical methods commonly used within collaborative projects (ex: linear, categorical, and survival data analysis)
  • Interpret results correctly according to the method and scientific context
  • With guidance, identify gaps in statistical knowledge and consult biostatisticians with appropriate expertise
  • With guidance, gain in-depth knowledge about appropriate statistical methodology as related to ongoing projects/collaborations
  • With guidance, teach appropriate statistical methodology to investigators, quantitative methodologists, and less experienced biostatisticians
  • Seek to understand the clinical aspects of each assigned project so that it becomes easier to communicate with the clinicians, to understand and explain the analysis results, and anticipate logical future follow-up analyses
  • Understand and appropriately use common terminologies used in clinical research and therapeutic areas
  • With guidance, identify gaps in clinical knowledge and consults biostatisticians and/or clinical collaborators with appropriate expertise as necessary
  • Review clinical papers relevant to ongoing projects/collaborations with guidance from statistical advisor
  • Carry out all aspects of projects with the clinical research question in mind


  • Possess a basic understanding of data collection systems or other data generation mechanisms being used in assigned projects
  • Understand different data structures including relational database concepts in relation to creating files for analysis

  • Understand the role of data management in the project team
  • Demonstrate solid SAS or R basic programming knowledge
  • Document programs clearly so that other statisticians/programmers will be able to follow them.
  • Check and/or verify results (QC) based on provided specifications for simple statistical analyses and output without supervision, and complex statistical analyses and output with guidance
  • Learn new programming languages and tools as needed (e.g. Stata, PASS, python, github, JSON, jupyter) with guidance


Position requires a minimum of a Masters degree in (bio) statistics or related field and no relevant experience (preferred) or a Bachelor's degree in (bio) statistics or related field and 2 years relevant experience.


Contribution to analysis of clinical trials and/or clinical research projects, and/or participation in preparation of academic manuscripts or other written summaries of analysis results, thorough experience with SAS or R, and solid command of the English language is required. Desirable experience includes prior role as a contributing statistician on clinical trials and/or clinical research projects that have delivered the agreed-upon end products on time.

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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