University of Alberta

Senior Biostatistician

Division of Cardiology

Competition No.  -    A100637769
Closing Date  -    Dec 12, 2018

The Canadian VIGOUR Centre (CVC) has an excellent opportunity for a dynamic individual interested in becoming part of an academic research organization (ARO) committed to the enhancement of cardiovascular health (

The Canadian VIGOUR Centre (CVC) is a leading academic research organization, located at the University of Alberta, committed to the enhancement of cardiovascular health. Our centre provides leadership in clinical trials of cardiovascular therapies, as well as developing selected registries and informing clinical practice through insights gained from population health data. The Centre's vision is to "generate, translate and disseminate on knowledge on novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in cardiovascular medicine acquired through   collaborative research to enhance the health of citizens of Alberta, Canada, and the world."

CVC is seeking a Senior Biostatistician who will be a leading member in their clinical research team, making a significant contribution to the high-quality research that the CVC is known for. This position is responsible for study design, advance statistical analysis, quality control and assurance, appropriate reporting of results, and managing large administrative and clinical trial databases. 

Working on numerous projects that examine a broad range of research questions related to cardiovascular disease, therapies, provision of care, and patient-related and clinical outcomes, the Senior Biostatistician will: 


  • Develop statistical analysis plans as a team member and provide guidance on methodological queries, leading this effort in selected studies
  • Develop statistical  programs as necessary to perform analyses and prepare data displays
  • Author the methods sections of the clinical study report and contribute to the results section of academic publications (abstracts,  presentations, manuscripts)
  • Keep abreast of new developments in statistics and cardiovascular disease and care, and share these findings with the research team
  • Manage large databases and undertake checks to ensure their validity
  • Provide guidance and mentor junior statisticians/analysts/clinical researchers (e.g. medical students, residents, fellows)
  • Provide methodological input into the statistical design of studies
  • Collaborate with local, national and international colleagues on specific research projects


  • Minimum  Master's degree  in (bio)statistics or related field; PhD will also be considered
  • Extensive (six or more years) experience in the design and analysis of health care or clinical trial data and applied clinical research; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
  • Strong training in statistical methods such as survival analysis, regression, clinical risk assessment, stochastic processes and multilevel modeling
  • Proficiency in data management and analysis using major statistical packages such as SAS and/or R
  • Proven experience with statistical methods commonly used in health research (e.g., survival analyses, logistic regression, prognostic model development and validation, competing risks/multi-state modeling, propensity score and inverse probability weighting, and multi-level modeling)
  • Proven ability to develop novel statistical methodology
  • Ability to work well independently, manage time effectively and perform as part of a research team
  • Proficient command of the English language (written and oral)

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has a term length of one year, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.