Biostatisticians conduct statistical analyses for a wide range of biology-related topics, as well as assist with experimental design. They work with a scientific team on studies' statistical design, helping determine the team's needs and appropriate methods. They also help with grant applications, conduct data analyses, and help interpret results in consultation with the research team. Biostatisticians also prepare reports related to the methods and results of their analyses; these reports must include all necessary information (such as relevant theories, methods, and conclusion) to be comprehensible to other professionals in the field. Other day-to-day tasks that may be performed by biostatisticians include coordinating and supervising a team of relevant professionals, providing statistical training to clients, interacting with clients to build professional relationships, and mentoring and training employees. Biostatisticians work in a variety of fields, such as epidemiology, genetics, ecology, systems biology, and others. They typically work full time in a hospital, research lab, or office environment; some travel may be required to meet with clients.
A master's or doctoral degree in biostatistics or another relevant field is generally needed for this position. Relevant experience in a related experience is generally needed as well. Additionally, excellent analytical skills, good attention to detail, the ability to work alone and in a team setting, and excellent project management skills are also needed for this position.
Develop statistical tables, perform analyses using statistical software, and report on results.
Participate in grant and study writing, calculations, mock-ups, and figures.
Summarize and present statistical results with data quality flags and recommendations for protocol or data management changes.