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Biostatistician, Oncology

Job ID: 28331

Updated: March 20, 2023

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Oncology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Biostatistician. This Fixed Term Recurring Part -time position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator.

This is a recurring part-time position with variable hours.  Recurring part-time employees are hourly employees engaged to perform work on an irregular schedule.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Consults, both independently and in collaboration with other methodologists, on the statistical analysis of data related to psychosocial oncology clinical research projects

  • Develops and implements data entry systems for research projects primarily using database software such as REDCap

  • Performs data extractions and merging, and develops quality processes for data collection and entry including developing data dictionaries

  • Carries out complex statistical analyses including sample size calculations and power analysis as appropriate for a variety of study designs, including repeated measures and other correlated data analysis techniques

  • Documents data analysis plans and execution

  • Prepares written reports/summaries of data analysis with relevant figures, which are of high quality, accurate, and audience-appropriate as needed for oral presentations, technical reports, and manuscripts

  • Completion of the statistical requirements of clinical studies from the design stage through the analytical and presentation stages

  • Advise and instruct researchers, assistants and students regarding statistical methodologies and analytical processes

  • Write moderately complex statistical programs, functions and macros to manipulate raw data and to create new variables for final data analysis and conduct simulation studies where required

  • Uses manuals for scoring and writing programs appropriate for patient-reported outcome measures

  • Interpret the results from the data analyses and write statistical sections of the study reports/publications including preparation of appropriate tables and figures

  • Design and maintain study databases and write advanced data management computer programs and evaluate new statistical software when required

  • Collaborate with investigators on their research grants, including conducting sample size/power calculations, reviewing papers and protocols

  • Construct graphs and tables for collaboration with researchers in scientific presentations and manuscripts and to prepare the statistical and technical sections of publishable manuscripts

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • MSc degree in biostatistics or Applied Statistics in a closely related field

  • Strong knowledge of clinical trials and observational study designs

  • At least 3-4 years of experience

  • Extensive knowledge of statistical theory and application

  • Strong knowledge of statistical software (e.g., R, SPSS, SAS) for data management and basic and advanced statistical analysis

  • Specific experience in running linear mixed modeling for repeated measures clinical trials, mediation and moderation analyses, logistic and linear regression

  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of database software such as REDCap

  • Previous experience as a statistical consultant in a clinical or population health context

  • Excellent English language skills in reading, writing and oral communication

Application Deadline:  March 31, 2023

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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