Biostatistician (Cancer Outcomes Data Analyst) - Yale School of Medicine


CLOSING DATE: June 10, 2019


JOB #: 13514

POSTED: January 10, 2019


The Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale School of Medicine ( is a national leader in the field of cancer-related health services and outcomes research. The Center is comprised of researchers and clinicians across The Schools of Medicine and Public Health who collaborate on a variety of research projects involving both primary and secondary data, but all sharing a common theme: furthering our understanding of the benefits, risks, and costs of cancer screening and treatment. In addition to our strong record of research dissemination in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences, COPPER research has been cited in insurer coverage decisions and medical society guidelines, and is often covered in the lay press. We are seeking a qualified and curious individual to join our team. If you are interested in conducting policy-relevant cancer research with a fun and collegial group of researchers at Yale, please read on and see the link below to apply!

Under the general direction of the Director, this individual will be responsible for data management, statistical analysis, and project management for cancer-related health services and outcomes research studies at the COPPER Center. The applicant will assist the Director and affiliated research faculty with statistical analysis using SAS for multiple studies, as well as with literature searching, grant-writing, and administrative tasks such as drafting progress reports and human subject protocols. Finally, the applicant will assist the study team with disseminating results, helping to prepare manuscripts and presentations.

Essential Duties:

  1. Evaluates and analyzes data using accepted statistical and biostatistical techniques.
  2. Investigates, analyzes, and evaluates complex statistical and programming problems. Determines proper methodology, testing standards, and evaluation processes for research projects. Recommends and develops statistical approaches for use in analyses.
  3. Prepares analysis plans and writes detailed specifications for analysis files, consistency checks, tables, and figures; communicates with clients regarding statistical analysis issues.
  4. In collaboration with research investigators, contributes to the design of research studies, develops analytical plans, conducts statistical analysis and interpret the results.
  5. Ensures the integrity of databases used in analyses through development of essential data cleaning and checks, and data back-ups.
  6. Plans statistical programming activities and schedules to provide investigators with time frames for projects.
  7. Recommends and develops statistical approaches by testing and prototyping.
  8. Organizes and creates documents and tables related to datasets; communicates with data. sources about data accuracy and data dictionary.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience: Master’s Degree (Biostatistics, Public Health with advanced training in Biostatistics, or a relevant field) and two years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  1. Proven proficiency in biostatistics, constructing multivariable linear, logistic, and survival models. Ability to determine proper statistical approach for specific research questions and to learn new statistical methods as needed.
  2. Ability to use SAS to manage complex databases, including administrative claims databases. Ability to investigate, analyze and evaluate complex statistical and programming problems using SAS or Stata.
  3. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills and organization and planning skills. Ability to communicate regularly with diverse teams of internal and external research collaborators to maintain timeline and identify challenges to progress.
  4. Ability to set priorities and work independently on multiple concurrent projects. Proven ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to completing research projects in a timely and appropriate manner.
  5. Ability to participate in the preparation of manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and oral presentations, as well as to assist with ad hoc requests for a variety of research-related tasks, including literature searches and grant preparation.
How to Apply:

To apply, please visit and search for requisition number 53180BR.