Senior Statistician


Senior Statistician

Locations: Boston, Massachusetts

Work Location: Hybrid

Categories: Research

Req ID: 19654

Job Description


The mission of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University (HNRCA) is to promote healthy aging through nutrition science to empower people seeking to enjoy long, active, and independent lives. HNRCA investigators examine how nutrition and physical activity play a role in the prevention of the major chronic degenerative conditions and diseases associated with aging. 


The Biostatistics and Data Management core consults and assists in study design, implementation, and data analysis/management and develops new statistical techniques and software to support HNRCA research activities. Scientists confer with the unit in the early stages of a study to discuss project goals, available resources, accepted statistical and data management practices, and the appropriate response variables and covariates for proper statistical analysis.

What You'll Do

Interact and partner with HNRCA investigators and core unit staff in providing statistical support for research activities; Collaborate across HNRCA scientific laboratories; Utilize extensive knowledge of statistical practice to support research activities, including: study design, data analysis plans; statistical model development and implementation of analyses; offer consultation and workshops on specific statistical topics and software packages; assist researchers by anticipating and resolving questions that may arise during design and implementation of their research; assist in resolving issues that occur during the peer review of submitted articles and grant applications. Train biostatistics core unit staff in statistical methods.   


Provide HNRCA investigators with needed statistical support within the confines of existing resources. Provide direction in identifying, designing, developing, and implementing statistical methods and practices needed for conducting different avenues of research, including basic research, animal studies, clinical trials, and observational studies.


Maintain proficiency in programming and statistical methodology to provide recommendations to HNRCA investigators on best approaches to answering research questions. Provide sound justifications for the chosen methods and execute analysis plans as previously defined. 
Interact and partner with HNRCA investigators and core unit staff in providing statistical support for pre-award activity, including sample size calculations, study design and analytic plans for grant applications. 

Train biostatistics staff in statistical methods related to clinical trials and human studies to support research and training objectives in the core unit. Serve as a resource for resolving advanced statistical questions.

Develop and conduct workshops and provide individual training for laboratories, core units, and trainees on specific statistical topics and software packages. Serve as liaison with other Tufts staff/resources that offer additional statistical services and training.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • PhD in biostatistics or master’s degree with commensurate experience.  
  • Strong statistical skills including strong knowledge of study designs used in clinical trials, ability to identify and employ multiple statistical approaches, and keep abreast of current trends in statistical methods.
  • One to three years of experience working in academia and/or a research setting. Extensive experience and strong programming skills in statistical software programs (e.g. R and SAS).  
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English language skills (reading, writing, and speaking). Proficient in Microsoft Office. Strong communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Experience with training others and working in a team setting. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience writing statistical analysis plans for grant applications and manuscripts. Experience in study design for clinical trials.
  • Must be willing and able to learn and use new statistical and data management software proficiently.  
  • Exceptional skills working with people of all backgrounds.
  • Self-motivated individual with strong time management and organization skills. Ability to handle multiple projects, organize work, and set priorities to meet deadlines while working within prescribed time constraints.
  • Record of peer-reviewed publication.
  • Adherence to professional ethical standards, understanding and maintenance of confidentiality and discretion are essential.
  • Demonstrate a professional and ethical manner at all times. 

Pay Range

Minimum $93,200.00, Midpoint $116,500.00, Maximum $139,800.00


Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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Location: United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Categories: Biostatistics, Data management, Programming, Senior Scientist, Software Engineering, Statistican, Statistics,


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