Senior Data Scientist (Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core (BBC)

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Nov 22, 2022
Full time Health & Medical Services

Job Description


Senior Data Scientist (Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core (BBC)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Senior Data Scientist (Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core (BBC)

Job Profile Title
Research Analyst

Job Description Summary
The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core (BBC) in the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) provides expert biostatistical, bioinformatics, and data management guidance in the design, conduct and analysis of research projects conducted by ACC members, and offers training in all aspects of design and analysis. Core personnel apply existing design and analysis methodologies, in addition to adapting or developing new methods to address novel design and analysis issues arising in cancer studies. A major BBC responsibility is to support the design and conduct of clinical trials. As such, the BBC plays a key role in the Protocol Review and Monitoring System, particularly through the Clinical Trials Scientific Review and Monitoring Committee (CSTRMC).

Job Description

This Senior Data Scientist will serve as Associate Director of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core (BBC) in the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The primary responsibility of this position will be to provide statistical expertise to design, conduct, monitoring, and analysis of cancer clinical trials. As Associate Director of the BBC, the incumbent will coordinate statistical review of clinical trial protocols submitted to the ACC Clinical Trials Scientific Review and Monitoring Committee (CTSRMC) and assist with supervising research staff in the BBC. Whenever the Core Director is not available, the incumbent will take responsibility for triaging requests for the core services and handling expedited protocol reviews for CTSRMC. The position will also offer opportunities for collaborating in other types of cancer studies in basic, translational, clinical, and population science research.

The specific duties for this position may include protocol development, study design, analysis plan, sample size / power calculations, and interpretation of study data; develop, design and write new and/or revised statistical programs (say in SAS or R) and modeling based on requirements of ongoing research projects; conduct and interpret analyses of research data using descriptive statistics, inferential tests, and advanced statistical methods and models; evaluate and ensure statistical integrity, accuracy and validity of research data; compiles results and provides statistical summaries and reports to principal investigators; assist with grant proposal preparation in study design, sample size calculations, and development of statistical analysis plans; assist with preparation of journal articles, technical reports and other materials for publication and presentation; manage biomedical databases for assigned research projects; read and review appropriate biomedical and statistical papers; and attend project meetings.

Position is contingent upon funding.


Master's degree in biostatistics, statistics or related quantitative field with 5+ years' experience in design, conduct, monitoring, and analysis of cancer clinical trials, in preparing and reviewing clinical trial protocols, and in preparing grant applications and writing research reports, or doctoral degree with 3+ years' experience in these areas. Past experience in managing other research staff is desirable.

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table ; Occasional lifting 25 lbs. or less

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$74,476.00 - $117,086.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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