Staff Scientist/Sr. Staff Scientist, Biostatistics

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Staff Scientist


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The Senior Staff Scientist will provide statistical consultation and collaboration to the Vaccine Immunology Statistical Center (VISC) research program. He/She will also have the opportunity to work on developing novel statistical methodologies and/or improve the current methodologies used within VISC. VISC provides services in the areas of statistical design and data analysis ( and


The Senior Staff Scientist will contribute to the networks’ research agenda through independent and collaborative research resulting in presentations and publications. 


The incumbent may perform some or all of the following responsibilities:

  1. Contributing to the science through independent and collaborative research including co-authoring papers and protocols
  2. Serving as lead statistician on preclinical/clinical studies, trial protocols, developing, evaluating and making publicly available computer code following principles of reproducible research
  3. Develop novel statistical methodologies in specific areas related to VISC
  4. Delivering talks on the results of the research
  5. Maintaining current knowledge of and contributing to advancements in the field through participation in professional organizations, scientific conferences, reading industry journals, and publication of manuscripts.
  6. Performing other tasks as required


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in biostatistics, epidemiology, or applied statistics with at least 5 years post-Ph.D. experience
  • Significant expertise in at least one of: pre-clinical study design and analysis, early-phase clinical trial design and analysis, or late-phase/post-marketing clinical trial design and analysis
  • Experience using R and/or SAS
  • First author publication
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential
  • Candidate is expected to have project leadership experience in a team environment, and must be able to work independently with little supervision.

Recommended Qualifications:

  • Experience working with laboratory assay data
  • Prior knowledge of immunology, infectious diseases (e.g. polio, TB, HIV, etc.), and vaccine research
  • Experience serving as a mentor to junior statisticians
  • Experience in both early- and late-phase clinical trials, and/or broad statistical methodological experience.


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