University of Alberta

Senior Biostatistician

Department of Medicine, EPICORE Centre

Competition No.  -    A100637946
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

EPICORE Centre is an operating unit within the Department of Medicine, which is a part of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.

The Senior Biostatistician for EPICORE Centre is the person responsible for the overall management and supervision of our Biostatistics team. We provide biostatistical consultational services to investigators and projects. This position is responsible for study design, advanced statistical analyses, quality control and assurance, appropriate reporting of results, and managing large administrative and clinical trial databases. This position requires a seasoned individual with exceptional communication skills to effectively communicate complex information, statistical methods and concepts, analysis and results to non-technical audiences, and to promote our services.

This position is also the primary contact for the EPICORE Centre/CRS platform who is responsible for meeting with investigators to determine their needs, helping investigators navigate our research services, generating quotes and assigning research services.


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

  • Work with investigators to assist in the preparation of research grants
  • Develop project plans and budget for statistical analysis
  • Develop statistical analysis plans as a team member and provide guidance on methodological queries, leading this effort in selected studies
  • Develop statistical programs, perform analyses and prepare data displays
  • Review case report forms and collaborate with data management team
  • 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, methodologies, and healthcare, and share these findings with the research team
  • Manage large databases and undertake checks to ensure their validity
  • Provide supervision 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
  • 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 skills 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 SPSS, 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)
  • 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 particular, exceptional communication skills are required. This includes interactions with team members and also the ability to explain complex statistical concepts to clinicians and other non-technical audiences.

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.