The University of Illinois’ Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (IHSI), formed to catalyze Health Sciences-related activities on campus and with our clinical partners, is seeking an individual to serve as Director of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Illinois Biostatistics Core and to provide expert biostatistical guidance to the clients of the Core. This position will develop, implement, and manage the administrative, and financial infrastructure of the successful operation of the Core, and will act as key statistical consultant within the program. Incumbent will be responsible for project staffing, resource planning and allocation within project team(s). Visit: http://healthinstitute.illinois.edu/ for more information.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
DIRECT RESEARCH - Provide statistical expertise and take statistical leadership with multi-disciplinary research teams, both for ongoing projects and for submission of grant proposals for new projects. Provide insights to innovative statistical application and operation strategies. Work closely with the IHSI leadership to lead and fulfill the Core’s consulting, research, and educational missions. Manage the Core’s independent and collaborative research portfolio. Plan, organize, coordinate, and review biostatistical activities for assigned projects. Coordinate with other functional groups to ensure timeliness and quality of project deliverables. Establish and maintain productive collaborations with vendors and both internal and external project teams, including data management, statistical programming, clinical research, and corporate partners. Act as a subject matter expert in biostatistics and provide statistical leadership in the design of clinical development plans. Maintain a service orientation.
STAFF ADMINISTRATION - Directly supervise Core staff, with responsibility for setting and implementing operational policies and procedures for handling daily administrative matters, such as finances, facilities, and staffing. Interact with the IHSI staff to solicit feedback and to become aware of issues, concerns, and effectiveness in providing a first-rate biostatistical service. Determine the Core’s complement of staff to meet the needs of the Core. Supervise the team members in study design, statistical analysis, and reporting of data. Mentor people working on the project by promoting teamwork, quality, and innovation. Create a productive work environment. Provide professional development, performance appraisals, and mentoring to staff. Assign project work and review workload for all direct reports.
RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION - Primary responsibility for day-to-day biostatistical activities of the Core. Participate in planning of evaluation activities to improve Core services (e.g., consultation feedback forms). Coordinate and facilitate organizational and educational program planning. Ensure team members contribute to development strategies for the assigned projects/studies that are aligned to the organizational goals, including innovative and relevant statistical designs, and statistical expertise for key decisions and scientific communications. Plan and track project activities, timelines, and resource use. Provide justification for planned resource needs. Seek to optimize resource utilization through efficient and well-managed resource allocation across projects or areas. Assess capacity to respond to unscheduled increase in project workload.
PhD plus eight years' experience in scientific research, or Master's degree plus ten or more years' experience in scientific research. Alternate degrees or degree fields and combination of degree and experience will be considered depending upon breadth and depth of experience and education/coursework as it relates to the position. Demonstrated leadership, project management, and interpersonal/communication skill. Broad knowledge and superior understanding of advanced statistical concepts and techniques. Comprehensive knowledge of clinical trials methodology, regulatory requirements, statistics and statistical software packages, including SAS. Experience with protocol development, clinical study reporting, ISS/ISE requirements, and regulatory submissions in paper and electronic format is essential. Ability to translate clinical study designs into statistical practice and educate study team members in the use of statistics. Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) bridging scientific and business needs – integrating quantitative sciences, strong disease area knowledge and appropriate market/competitive intelligence. Excellent organizational skills and an ability to prioritize effectively to deliver results within aggressive timelines.
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