Statistician Lead

Michigan, United States
05 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Michigan has a position available for a lead statistician. We are seeking individuals who have had experience in designing, participating and leading studies in health services research using epidemiologic and bio-statistical methodology. The department has active research projects in the areas of medical decision-making and errors in diagnosis in emergency care. In addition, we are evaluating large claims datasets as well as national datasets for analyzing the epidemiology of errors in diagnosis and their economic impact. Individuals who have had experience in the areas of clinical/medical decision making is of interest but not mandatory. Candidates will actively collaborate on established projects with the team and other clinical collaborators within the school and other institutes, depending on project needs. Analyses may also incorporate longitudinal, complex survey data. We are interested in candidates who have had experience in grant writing as we expect the candidate to conduct independent research and apply for external grant funding. Opportunities to participate as coauthor on manuscripts and acquire additional job related training. We are looking for an ambitious, talented and self-motivated individual with an interest in leveraging our research interests.

This is a one-year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of extension. If the appointment is not extended, the appointment will terminate and will not be eligible for Reduction in Force (RIF) benefits.


  • Develop analytical plans and conduct statistical analyses using SAS, R and other software as needed. Analyses may include but are not limited to linear and logistic regression, survival analysis, mixed models, propensity score methods, and more advanced analysis techniques.
  • Create tables, figures, and graphs for presentation and publication. Contribute to the analysis sections of grants and papers.
  • Conduct power analyses and other analyses needed in relation to grant preparation.
  • Assist in coordination for the maintenance, updating, and compilation of a variety of complex linked databases, including longitudinal databases. Create new derived variables, run checks on existing data.
  • Assist with creation and maintenance of documentation for databases, including detailed descriptions of contents and created variables.
  • Advise other data analysts working on the projects and provide programming and data analysis support for graduate students. Interact with investigators, data managers, students, and other analysts.
  • Eventually be the lead statistician for the entire research team with a future possibility of managing a team of biostatisticians and epidemiologists.

Required Qualifications*

  • 5-8 years of experience
  • Master’s in Statistics, Public Health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Services), Informatics, Social Sciences, or related field is required.
  • Substantial experience with statistical software (SAS, R or Stata) and with the management of large datasets required. Must be extremely attentive to detail, responsive, very well-organized, able to multitask, and work in a team.

Desired Qualifications*

This position provides the opportunity to become part of a large, interdisciplinary research team. Ample opportunities for career advancement including co-authoring or leading papers and acquiring additional training. Opportunities to work with a highly productive team of investigators. Ideal candidate must be dynamic, creative, flexible, and detail oriented with excellent problem solving skills. Doctoral degree is preferred but not mandatory.

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic staff (leader/member) with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.