Oregon Health & Science University

Biostatistician 3

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
CEDAR - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Range minimum: $84,900/year. Starting salary will be determined based on education, experience, and internal equity at the time of offer
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm plus occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

Overview: The Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) center is a collaborative institution within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. At CEDAR our mission is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage because early detection saves lives. This is an ambitious goal, one that requires novelty, creativity, and innovation. We are comprised of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians conducting groundbreaking translational cancer research to help people maintain a high quality of life and reduce cancer mortality, to create a global early detection community, and to have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.


Our Commitment to Diversity: CEDAR is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires out-of-the-box thinking and new perspectives. Our research is milestone driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals.


Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:

  • We act BOLDLY—Breakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently
  • We SUPPORT each other—Respect leads to trust, which leads to excellence
  • We work as a CONNECTED team—We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone

Function/Duties of Position

CEDAR is seeking a full-time modeler and statistician with a background in quantitative analysis and proficiency with scientific programming.  The ideal candidate will be highly motivated to develop subject-area expertise and will prioritize quality in everything they do. We offer a supportive and collaborative environment allowing excellent opportunities for intellectual and professional growth in a team science environment.


We work closely with collaborators at the National Cancer Institute, the ACED alliance, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to explore a wide range of questions about novel screening and prognostic biomarkers, personalized and targeted treatments, population cancer trends, and racial/ethnic disparities. Our work is statistical, computational, and policy-relevant. We use diverse datasets to create models of cancer progression with and without specific interventions, and we frequently rely on simulations to conduct virtual trials and study expected outcomes. The work is a dynamic mix of data analysis, computer programming, graphics development, policy research, and technical writing.



The Etzioni lab (https://research.fredhutch.org/etzioni/en.html)

Dr. Jane Lange (https://www.ohsu.edu/people/jane-lange-phd)

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Biostatistics or Statistics or related field OR Master's Degree in Biostatistics or Statistics or related field AND 6 years of relevant experience
  • Equivalent combination of Bachelor's in relevant field in conjunction with training and experience may be considered
  • Experience with health data analytics, e.g., survival analysis, predictive modeling, longitudinal studies, survey data analysis
  • Experience developing analytic and simulation-based approaches to scientific and health policy questions
  • Experience writing methods using the appropriate mathematical notation
  • At least 3 years’ experience with statistical programming/analysis software such as R (strongly preferred), Python, Julia, or C/C++/Fortran
  • Experience writing manuscripts as a primary author
  • Expertise in health economics

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with or enthusiasm to become proficient with developing and testing web applications, Linux computing environments, parallel execution, version control systems (Git, Github), modern programming/debugging/profiling support tools
  • Experience with probabilistic/Bayesian computing methods such as STAN
  • Expertise in LaTex

Additional Details

Apply online. Please be sure to upload a Cover Letter and Resume/CV.

Effective Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they had an approved medical or religious exception. If you are hired by OHSU, you will need to provide proof of vaccination (or approved exception) within 10 days of starting work.


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All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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