Job Information

University of Utah Biostatistician III in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 07/01/2019

Requisition Number PRN21181B

Job Title Biostatistician III

Working Title Biostatistician III

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01832 - Epidemiology SDBC

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 60,700 to 101,649

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Study Design and Biostatistics Center ( SDBC ) at the University of Utah is seeking MS level biostatisticians to join a team of approximately 20 biostatisticians and epidemiologists to collaborate with clinical and translational researchers in biomedical research. The successful candidates will work effectively in a multidisciplinary group setting in areas of study design, statistical programming, data management, data analysis, graphical presentation of data and writing of reports which include explanations of the statistical methods used and interpretation of results. The work environment includes mentorship by experienced statisticians and continuous opportunities for training and professional development. The successful candidates will have skills in data analysis, strong interest in continuously learning new statistical methods, mastery of at least one of the statistical programming languages SAS or R, and excellent communication skills. The successful candidate will also have the ability to create analysis data sets to meet the specifications of individual projects while adhering to internal standards and guidelines, perform program validation, document programs, and provide consistent maintenance of statistical software.


A master’s degree in statistics, biostatistics or related field (epidemiology, applied mathematics, public health and computer science).


We are seeking a biostatistician who is capable of meeting independently with clinical investigators and health service researchers to clarify study objectives and write statistical analysis plans, carry out sample size calculations, conduct statistical analyses, write reports to present results of statistical analyses, prepare graphical summaries of data, and assist in presentations and publications. Solid knowledge of statistical methods including multiple regression, longitudinal data analysis, categorical data analysis and survival analysis strongly preferred. Prior experience in health services research and analysis of electronic health record data is desired by not required.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

This position requires an MS degree in statistics, biostatistics, or a related field and at least five years of relevant experience. Candidates must be familiar with a wide range of basic and advanced statistical techniques and have expert knowledge of at least one statistical programming language such as SAS or R. Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); An ability to work on several projects simultaneously and manage deadlines, and; Excellent communication skills, including the ability to clearly explain statistical techniques and present data results, are also required.


Minimum Preferred Skills:

-Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to document work through statistical analysis plans and reports

-Demonstrated expertise in either the SAS or R statistical programming languages

-Interest in learning new statistical methods

-Strong organization skills and the ability to handle a demanding workload and balance multiple tasks

-Highly motivated and able to work in an interdisciplinary group setting

-At least 3 years of experience in a statistical consulting or statistical programmer role

-Prior experience with big data, data visualization, reproducible programming

-Prior experience in a biomedical research

-Prior experience in the analysis of large administrative data sets is desirable

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please upload a cover letter that details which position you are applying for and your qualifications for that position, as well as the names of 3 references.

If you have 5 or fewer years of experience as a biostatistician please apply at the Biostatistician II level.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.