CSPEC-Durham is recruiting for a PhD level Lead Biostatistician. This individual will manage the Center’s Computational Science Core and will be responsible for leading and/or conducting statistical analyses for research projects and initiatives at the CSPEC to benefit our Nation’s Veterans.

Location: Durham, NC. Up to 50% telework considered after probationary period.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Direct, collect, organize, manage, analyze, and interpret highly specialized healthcare data from large SQL databases. Review results and code/programs (SAS, R, other) for validity and accuracy.
  • Exercise extensive technical judgment to interpret the existing documentation, assess additional information needed, select sources of appropriate data, and adapt existing systems to new requirements.
  • Manage the allocation of staff effort to maintain adequate project support.
  • Provide mentorship, advisement, and general support to the Computational Science Core staff.
  • Lead and conduct statistical analyses of research data using statistical software such as SAS or R.
  • Write programs to generate tables, listings, figures, and analysis datasets.
  • Lead and/or assist in the development and review of documents including, but not limited to, protocols, statistical analysis plans, proposals, data use/sharing/transfer agreements.
  • Participate in the development of abstracts, manuscripts, presentations, and technical reports with the goal of disseminating statistical results; this involves proofreading and editing research materials and making recommendations to senior staff regarding their clarity, organization, and layout.
  • Organize and summarize results using tabular or graphic representation as well as narrative description and review analytical results for accuracy and completeness.
  • Validate the programmed analysis datasets, tables, listings, and figures.
  • Utilize computer simulation techniques for determining power/sample size for complex study designs, apply adaptive survey design and population adjustment methodology, and apply machine learning techniques.
  • Work closely with the research team to help develop and execute studies, i.e., Attend regular project meetings for multiple concurrent projects to participate in study development and ensure that data collection and data integrity processes are maintained throughout the project duration.
  • Provide direction for study design and methodology.
  • Clearly communicate with the internal study team and supervisors on report/project status and resource issues.
  • Collaborate with study Biostatistician(s) and investigators to contribute to publications and presentations (e.g., graphs, figures, tables).
  • Adhere to procedures for quality control and reproducible research in the collection, storage, and maintenance of data gathered in the conduct of research protocols.
  • Participate actively in Center-wide research process standardization activities in support of improved research quality, consistency, and reproducibility.
  • Establish and implement programming standards and comply with regulatory requirements across all studies.

Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, Mathematics, or related field. MS candidates with experience in leading statistical analysis plans and/or managing statistical teams may also apply.
  • Proficiency in commonly used statistical software packages such as SAS, R, or STATA.
  • Familiarity with basic SQL concepts.
  • Advanced knowledge of theories, principles, methods, and techniques of statistics and epidemiology.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Minimum three years of experience in healthcare research, preferred.
  • Experience working with health care data, relational databases, and/or statistical genetics, preferred.

Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for this GS-13 position. The General Schedule (GS) salary table for Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website at General Schedule (opm.gov).

This is an excepted appointment with full health and retirement benefits.

Must be a U.S. citizen to apply.


If interested, please email cover letter and CV to:

Carrie May, MPH

Assistant Director – Operations, CSPEC-Durham

Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center

508 Fulton St (152)

Durham, NC 27705

Email:  carrie.may@va.gov

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About VA Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center - Durham

Working at the VA

  • The CSPEC-Durham is one of six national epidemiology Centers that serve as national resources for epidemiologic research for the Office of Research and Development (ORD), Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • The primary mission of the CSPECs is to design and conduct state-of-the-art population research on health and disease to enhance our understanding of their determinants, treatments, and outcomes in order to improve the health, well-being, and care of Veterans and all Americans.
  • Our Center primarily focuses on studies and initiatives related to 1) Cancer Outcomes; and 2) Gulf War Research. We also investigate COVID-19, liver disease, and ALS.
  • If you would like to share your expertise and statistical skills alongside a highly skilled, dedicated, and collaborative team that loves doing work that has an impact on Veterans, then we want to talk to you!