Pennsylvania, United States
25 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

The Biostatistician position will support biomedical research projects conducted by investigators in the Pulmonary Vascular Disease program or its affiliated researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

Job Description

The Biostatistician will provide statistical analyses, data cleaning, data manipulation, survey data scoring, write-ups of analyses and production of tables and graphs for manuscripts and proposals. He/she will use SAS, STATA, and/or R programming skills to create analytical datasets from clinical trials and cohort studies, construct and standardize analytical variables, conduct data cleaning, provide and regularly update study reports, provide descriptive and analytical reports, and perform exploratory and specialized statistical analyses and statistical modeling. The candidate would prepare reports for Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for randomized clinical trials. Candidate should have experience with basic and advanced analyses, including regression, survival analysis, hierarchical models, causal inference and mediator analyses, machine learning, meta-analysis, and multiple imputation. Prior experience in biomedical and/or epidemiologic research is strongly preferred. Work with faculty investigators to develop clinical and experimental study designs and analysis plans for NIH and industry grants and assist trainees and junior faculty with statistical analyses.

  • Strong teamwork, communication, and collaboration skills and ability to multitask and gain independence are needed to support multiple and concurrent projects.
  • Create and organize analytical datasets; Construct and standardize analytical variables; Perform standard QC checking; Perform general statistical analyses and statistical modeling
  • Provide and regularly update study reports; Prepare reports for Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for randomized clinical trials.
  • Develop, document, and maintain all code, analyses methods, and results
  • Work with faculty investigators to develop clinical and experimental study designs and analysis plans for NIH and industry grants
  • Assist trainees and junior faculty with statistical analyses
  • Write and edit statistical methods sections of manuscripts and abstracts for presentations and publications
  • Read and review appropriate biomedical and clinical research literature
  • Position contingent on funding.


  • MS degree or higher  and a minimum of 3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Basic statistical knowledge including regression is required
  • Advanced analyses skills, such as survival analysis, hierarchical models, machine learning, high-throughput analyses, causal inference and mediator analysis, meta-analysis, and multiple imputation, are strongly preferred
  • Strong and effective written and verbal communication skills required
  • Experience with biomedical research, clinical trials analysis and reporting highly preferred
  • Experience with SAS/R, SPLUS/R and/or Stata is required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively and to meet deadlines
  • Must be flexible and willing to adjust  priorities to meet occasional changing deadlines with tight time frames

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.