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Biostatistician, Research Methods Unit

July 10 2020
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Health, Medical, Medical research, Pharma, Biotech, Sciences, R&D
Halifax, NS

Req ID: 44773
Location: Central Zone
Company: NSHA
Department: 60033195 RSH Methods Unit
Type of Employment: Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Management/Non Union
Bargaining Unit - Management/ Non-Union
Posting Closing Date: 24-Jul-20

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


The Research Methods Unit is designed to promote and support clinical and health research in partnership across the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Centre teaching hospitals, and Dalhousie University’s Faculties of Medicine, Health Professions and Dentistry.
Reporting to the Manager, Research Methods Unit, and collaborating with other consultants within the RMU and clinical and health researchers, the biostatistician will provide statistical leadership, consultation and service to researchers across the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Centre teaching hospitals, and Dalhousie University’s Faculties of Medicine, Health Professions and Dentistry. The biostatistician will proactively collaborate with user groups to identify biostatistical research methods needs for projects and work interactively to address such needs; formulate research questions that translate into hypotheses in a form amenable to statistical analysis framed within suitable study designs. The biostatistician will develop statistical methodology and analysis plans for descriptive, analytic, and experimental cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs including Randomized Clinical Trials (RCTs) and observational studies. The biostatistician will run study sample size calculations and create randomization lists for treatment allocation in RCTs. The biostatistician will develop coding schemes and data dictionaries for databases in conjunction with data manager and Principal Investigators (PI’s), clean and configure data. The biostatistician will write complex programs to process and summarize data; conduct statistical analyses and interpret results of statistical analysis; contribute to the writing of manuscripts, abstracts, slide presentations, and posters.

  • An M.Sc. or PhD in biostatistics or statistics - with a significant focus on biostatistics or the analysis of health research - or epidemiology
  • High level of proficiency in statistics or biostatistics
  • Proficiency with statistical methods
  • Strong computer programming skills
  • Ability to successfully work in a multi-institutional clinical research methods service environment as a member of a team
  • Ability/willingness to establish efficient, consistent and coherent standard operating procedures for biostatistician contributions to research projects
  • Commitment to literate data analysis to ensure statistical analysis and data management code is documented, replicable, transferable and publishable
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines and within budget
  • Excellent communication skills including advanced written and spoken English skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate statistical methods and results to clinical researchers who may have limited biostatistics training
  • Proficiency in computer software packages for database management and statistical software packages (SAS, R,)
  • Experience in a clinical research environment considered an asset
  • Successful Applicants are required to provide a writing sample, a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

Permanent, full-time position; 75 hours bi-weekly with an anticipated start date of August 17, 2020
Date is subject to change.

Salary Information

$35.6554 - $44.5692

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Management/Non Union bargaining unit - Management/ Non-Union position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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