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Senior Biostatistician, Department of Oncology

Livestrong Cancer Institutes, The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School

November 14, 2019
Senior Biostatistician, Department of Oncology

Dell Medical School

Job Posting Title:
Senior Biostatistician, Department of Oncology, Dell Medical School

Hiring Department:
Department of Oncology

Position Open To:
All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

FLSA Status:


Earliest Start Date:


Position Duration:
Expected to Continue




Job Description:
Under the direction of the Associate Director for Cancer Clinical Genomics, the individual will, with a level of independence commensurate with experience, use advanced collaborative skills and extensive knowledge of classical and modern statistical methodology and applications to provide biostatistical support for cancer research.


Job Details:

General Notes
As part of the Livestrong Cancer Institutes Developmental Therapeutics Lab of the Department of Oncology Dell Medical School, this position supports cancer research quantitative and methodological aspects.  Under the direction of Dr. Jeanne Kowalski, Associate Director of Cancer Clinical Genomics and Professor of Oncology, this position will advance the research program by providing quantitative and methodological support to cancer projects. In a highly collaborative mode, the individual will independently interact with LIVESTRONG Cancer Institute investigators on research projects.


·         Independently analyze and interpret data including selection and application of statistical methods. Prepare and present reports of findings including graphical displays. Educate collaborators on statistical methods in cancer research. Collaborate on the development of reports or manuscripts for peer-review, including but not limited to scholarly journals. Additional duties may include review of statistical components of protocols for scientific or IRB review and/or statistical analysis plans.

·         Operating as a Co-Investigator or team member, collaborate on the development of cancer research study designs with respect to selection of appropriate statistical analysis methods and conduct of sample size and power calculations. Engage with researchers to further develop cancer research questions and propose approaches to test their feasibility.  Collaborate on the development of research or project grant applications and contribute to the writing of the grant. Educate collaborators on statistical methods proposed for their data. May at times be called on for the development of quantifiable research questions and/or testable hypotheses. Participate in the development of detailed research protocols.

·         Operating independently to engage with clinicians to devise and support clinical trial design, implementation and analysis.

·         Operate independently as a liaison between one or more DMS units and LIVESTRONG cancer clinical genomics as appropriate, interact with the DMS Data Science Hub and Data Core responsible for gathering, curating, and maintaining modern and highly interconnected data on health, health care, and public health in Travis County and beyond.

·         As requested and appropriate, may conduct specialized research or teaching projects, with latitude for creativity in design and implementation of such projects commensurate with experience. Determine project requirements and desired results and procedures to attain such results. Report results in in-house reports or publications, and/or journal articles as appropriate.

·         Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Statistics or Biostatistics or very closely related field, with major coursework in statistics with three years of collaborative experience.  Thorough knowledge and ability to use at least two common statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, R, and SPSS. Ability to perform descriptive data analysis; to perform statistical modeling for univariate, clustered, longitudinal or time-to-event data; and to execute specialized analyses. Excellent communication and collaborative skills, both oral and written. Interest in learning about diverse areas of biomedical, clinical, and population health sciences. Professional demeanor. Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. The Dell Medical School is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity and excellence within the learning health system. At the Dell Medical School we strive to create a vital, inclusive health ecosystem. To ensure alignment, we follow these fundamental values: Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
Prior experience working in a cancer center, experience with clinical trial design and some exposure to cancer bioinformatics.

Salary Range
$80,004 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

·         May work around standard office conditions

·          Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Required Materials

·         Resume/CV

·         3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

·         Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:
The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:
A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.