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Research Biostatistician

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Feb 12, 2022

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The primary purpose of the Research Biostatistician position is to carry out data preparation responsibilities related to cancer clinical trials, develop skilled statistical programs, perform statistical analysis associated with clinical data and prepare written reports to investigators. In addition, this position prepares statistical considerations for basic trial designs or grants and performs biostatistical reviews of protocols.


1. Statistical Consulting and Collaboration:
* Compiles, analyzes and reports statistical data for various projects including, but not limited to manual and computer-aided data abstraction and evaluation, clinical trials, computerized imaging and bioinformatics.
* Prepares statistical considerations for basic trial designs and carries out uncomplicated statistical analyses independently, but completes statistical responsibilities for more complex projects with supervision.
* Assists faculty in the development of new statistical methodology for measurement and analysis of data.
* Applies advanced statistical methods, simulation models, and skilled statistical programming as needed.
* Assesses relevant literature as well as existing data, evaluates the quality of data used in reports and assists with preparation and distribution of data for committee and scientific meetings.
* Attends project meetings with collaborators with or without supervisor as directed by supervisor.
* May present findings at relevant meetings both inside and outside of the institution as requested.

2. Protocol Review:
* Participates in the protocol review process jointly with supervisor.

3. Statistical Reporting:
* Prepares written reports to investigators jointly with supervisor.
* May present findings at relevant meetings both inside and outside of the institution as requested.

4. Other duties as assigned.


Caring - Courtesy
* Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times
* Gives full attention to others minimizing distractions
* Does not gossip or air frustration inappropriately
* Uses a respectful and professional tone of voice

Caring - Friendliness/Teamwork
* Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness
* Is sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers
* Expresses awareness of others' experiences and views
* Listens to patients and coworkers' needs and empathizes with them
* Is aware of and respects individual differences, such as age, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, religion, culture, background, and experiences.
* Demonstrates collegiality to others in an effort to create a cooperative and collaborative environment.

Integrity - Reliability
* Communicates frequently, honestly and openly.
* Responds to requests from others in a timely manner.
* Communicates time expectations for tests, procedures, or service arrival, or project deliverables to patients and coworkers.
* Admits when wrong, apologizes and takes steps to resolve a situation.

Integrity - Accountability
* Promotes and adheres to MD Anderson's Standards of Conduct (mandatory)
* Adheres to attendance policy by timely reporting to work and returning from breaks
* Demonstrates ethical and personal responsibility in work and behavior
* Hold self and other accountable for practicing our values

Integrity - Safety
* Notices a safety concern and brings it to someone's attention
* Models safe behavior (wears badge, washes hands, keeps work area clean and orderly)

Discovery - Responsiveness
* By his/her actions, we create an environment of trust.
* Encourages learning, creativity, and new ideas.
* Offers help before being asked.
* Provides help to patients and coworkers that may be outside of job responsibilities (does not say, "It's not my job.").
* Looks for new and better ways of doing things.

Discovery - Personal Leadership/Self-Initiative
* Helps others to identify and solve problems.
* Seek personal growth and enables others to do so.
* Leads by example.
* Actively encourages others to contribute ideas.


• IC - Tech/Functional Expertise
* Demonstrate technical proficiency required to do the job; possess up-to-date knowledge in the profession.
* Provide technical expertise to others.

• IC - Analytical Thinking:
* Gather relevant information systematically;
* Break down problems into simple components; and
* Make sound decisions.

• IC - Innovative Thinking:
* Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and
* Offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.

• IC - Build Relationships:
* Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and
* Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.

• IC - Self Confidence:
* Recognize own knowledge, skills, and abilities
* Respond to challenging situations with confidence
* Understand limits in self

• IC - Oral Communication:
* Express ideas clearly and concisely in groups and one-to-one conversations
* Create an environment with open channels of communication

• IC - Written Communication:
* Convey information clearly and concisely through both formal and informal documents
* Adapt writing style to fit the audience


This position requires:

Working in Office Environment ______ No __X___ Yes

Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic) _X____ No ______ Yes

Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues _X____ No ______ Yes

Exposure to harmful chemicals _X____ No ______ Yes

Exposure to radiation _X____ No ______ Yes Exposure to animals _X____ No ______ Yes


Time required to do each of the following physical demands:

Time Spent - Never 0% Occasionally 1-33% Frequently 34-66% Continuously 67-100%

Standing - Occasionally 1-33%

Walking - Occasionally 1-33%

Sitting - Continuously 67-100%

Reaching - Occasionally 1-33%


Up to 10 lbs - Occasionally 1-33%

10lbs to 50 lbs - Occasionally 1-33%

More than 50 lbs - Never 0%


Up to 10 lbs - Occasionally 1-33%

10lbs to 50 lbs - Occasionally 1-33%

More than 50 lbs - Never 0%

Use computer/keyboard - Continuously 67-100%

Required: Master's degree in Biostatistics, Statistics, Bioinformatics, Mathematics or related field.

Preferred: PhD in Biostatistics, Statistics, Bioinformatics, Mathematics or related field.

Required: Two years experience with mainframe and/or PC databases, document processing and statistical software such as SAS and S-Plus. With preferred degree, no required experience.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.
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