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Biostatistician

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Date:
2/14/2017 12:25:55 PM
Location:
Atlanta, GA US
Company:
Battelle
Job Description:

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are currently seeking a Biostatistician. This position is located on the Roybal Campus in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Battelle’s Technical On-site Professional Services (TOPS) is a part of the Contract Research business within Battelle providing laboratory support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are currently seeking a Biostatistician with experience in advanced statistical analyses and synthesis of results for studies focusing on the burden and severity of influenza-associated disease, influenza vaccine effectiveness and vaccine related serologic studies. Such experience will be used to expand standardized methods and provide assistance with study design, data management, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of results, and policy formulation. This work will provide necessary information for strategic decision making, program planning for control and prevention and program effectiveness evaluation during influenza outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics. The position is located in the Influenza Division (ID) of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Office of Infectious Disease (OID).

 

TOPS is working with HHS/CDC in supporting efforts for pandemic influenza preparedness. The CDC ID provides critical standards for pandemic preparedness to the U.S. State Public Health Laboratories and acts as a World Health Organization (WHO) reference laboratory supporting international influenza surveillance and response networks. Rapid genetic and antigenic characterization of circulating viral strains coupled with vaccine development are essential components to increase pandemic readiness and response. TOPS is supporting CDC in research and development efforts to eliminate data gaps in influenza surveillance by increasing the diagnostic and immunization tools available to clinical providers, public health laboratories and domestic and international partners. Relocation support is not available for this position.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identify and recommend priorities for statistical methodologies used in influenza program activities to ensure the results of program activities are valid and reliable.
  • Recommend and maintain appropriate statistical standards for influenza prevention, monitoring, and control activities, including, but not limited to, analytic strategies, and statistical processes used.
  • Identify and use relevant epidemiologic and statistical methodologies and mathematical models in studies of influenza disease burden and severity and influenza vaccine effectiveness, including the use of methods not traditionally used in public health.
  • Conduct analysis of human serology data (mixed effect models in SAS and R) in time sensitive manner for vaccine consultation meetings. 
  • Write protocols describing in detail standard practices for the design, implementation, and presentation of statistical analyses of existing and proposed studies to be conducted by the Influenza Division or in collaboration with other national and international agencies.
  • Prepare technical and non-technical summaries of work, scientific reports, and manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed literature. 
  • Advise and consult with regard to statistical methods and quantitative policy analysis to the Division’s senior scientists and a variety of individuals, groups, and organizations working on influenza control and prevention at the national and international levels.
  • Performs highly complex assignments by compiling and evaluating design and test data, preparing technical specifications, analyzing technical data to determine appropriate limits and variables for product, process or materials specifications.
  • Use general knowledge of statistical methodologies to make recommendations or assist with data analysis for a range of Branch and Influenza Division projects, including but not limited to, disease surveillance systems, epidemiology studies, sampling design, studies of influenza vaccination or treatment modalities, and analysis of laboratory assay or genomic data.
  • Provide accelerated analysis and evaluation of data during agency emergencies from pandemic or epidemic outbreaks, ensuring high quality information is provided to CDC for critical decision.
  • Reviews projects progress and evaluates results. Recommends modifications and corrections in technical analyses and design to ensure project completion.
  • Provide leadership to developing new and innovative analytic approaches to studying influenza-related prevention activities including, but not limited to, surveillance data and/or observational studies, quantitative policy analysis, health system studies, and disease models.

 

 

THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:

  • PhD in Statistics/Biostatistics or related field with 2-5 years experience or MS in Statistics/Biostatistics or related field with 5+ years experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with applied statistical analysis of infectious disease surveillance data, epidemiology studies, sampling design, and/or laboratory assay data. is desired.
  • Strong background in SAS programming and Access database design.

 

THE FOLLOWING IS DESIRED, BUT NOT REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:

  • Strong scientific background
  • Degree in Biochemistry/Biology/Bioinformatics
  • Experience with R

 

BENEFITS

Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected classes covered under federal or applicable state and local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

For more information about our other openings, please visit www.battelle.org/careers

 

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