Biostatistician II

Posting Number: #1077

Position Title: Biostatistician II

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Emeryville, CA

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Manager Statistical and Data Services /Scientific Director, the incumbent provides (1) statistical programming and statistical and epidemiologic data analysis support in consultation with the Manager Statistical and Data Services/Scientific Director/Scientists; (2) maintenance support for the ARG survey databases; (3) consultation for the design and analysis of sample surveys in support of scientists and research staff; and (4) aid in the drafting of manuscripts/grants, especially methods, analyses (and results on manuscripts), and power estimation sections.  In addition, the position supports the programming, data analytic, and data maintenance activities of other staff including Research Associates.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Statistical Programming and Statistical/Epidemiologic Data Analysis

  • Provides statistical and epidemiologic data analysis consultation to scientists;
  • Meets with Manager Statistical and Data Services /Scientific Director on an ongoing basis. Formulates appropriate analysis strategies.  When necessary, this includes collaboration with Biostatistical personnel to develop/modify  statistical/ epidemiologic methods most appropriate for testing study hypotheses;
  • The range of statistical techniques a Biostatistician II is expected to implement are those taught in Masters and Ph.D. level courses in statistics, social epidemiology and health services research. Implementations of more advanced methods are carried out in collaboration with Senior Statistician/s and appropriate consultants.
  • Provides consultation for appropriate statistical tools for analysis, and statistical programming involving such tools.

Assist in Drafting of Manuscripts/Grant Applications

  • Provides statistical consultation for the design and analysis of sample surveys for doctoral-level research scientists and other research staff;
  • In collaboration with individual scientists, helps draft the technical, statistical methodology, analyses and power estimation sections of grant applications.
  • Aids in the drafting of technical publications based on survey data findings. This typically involves drafting Methodology/Analysis/Results Sections of manuscripts.  On occasion, however, a Biostatistician II will also be expected to author, or serve as the sole/first author of a manuscript in interest areas, particularly those emphasizing statistical and epidemiologic methods.

Maintenance of Archival Survey and other Databases

  • Ensures that accurate protocols are followed in the storage and maintenance of survey and other data and accompanying materials;
  • Develops code databases for cleaning/merging/documenting data;
  • Creates and transforms variables as well as creating dataset documentation;
  • Monitors work of the Research Associate staff in collaboration with the Manager Statistical and Data Services/Scientific Director and Principal Investigators to ensure that all contributions to ARG datasets conform with ARG database standards.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum four years of experience in Statistics, Public Health, Alcohol, Epidemiology, Social Science, or Economic fields with extensive application to the analysis of survey/services research data.
  • Publication of 1-5 first/sole authored research articles in peer reviewed journals. Publication of 6-20 co-authored publications.
  • Thorough knowledge of the motivation, theory, and applicability of more advanced statistical tools.
  • Thorough knowledge of the application of advanced data analytic techniques such as non-parametric and non-linear methods, psychometric methods such as dimension reduction, non-linear scaling and latent variable techniques, longitudinal and stochastic modeling, mediation/moderation analyses, and analysis of clustered data from complex sampling designs.
  • Ability to tailor analyses to study goals.
  • Strong computer skills (i.e., proficiency in the programming of multiple statistical software packages including Stata, SPSS, Mplus, R, potentially SAS, etc.).
  • Excellent oral and technical written communication skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Strong team participation skills.
  • Exceptional analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to solve problems of a complex nature.
  • Excellent working relationships with individuals, professional groups and communities.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Creative, resourceful and possesses initiative.
  • Can work independently with minimal supervision.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of, or evidence of ability to acquire skills in methods such as Machine Learning and AI applications; geospatial data and analyses, and surveys linked to geographic data; survival analyses with mortality or morbidity data; analytic techniques for policy evaluation (e.g., difference-in-differences models); and behavioral simulation modeling is also desirable.


  • Master’s Degree or higher required – Ph.D. preferred in fields such as Statistics/Economics/ Epidemiology and extensive familiarity with social science and alcohol-related survey and/or services research.

Important Information

  • This is a full-time position.
  • This is remote optional position.
  • Compensation based on background and experience.


This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.


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