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Palmer College of Chiropractic Biostatistician in Davenport, Iowa

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) at the Main campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA actively seeks a bright, team-oriented applied biostatistician.


The biostatistician is a key member of project teams providing statistical support for research scientists at the PCCR. The biostatistician works with research investigators to design studies, inform data collection plans, develop data analysis plans, code statistical programs, perform data analysis, and report results for research project data. The position will also assist in writing and reviewing statistical protocols and reports, including those for manuscripts and grant applications, and may provide support to other Palmer College personnel.


A master’s degree in biostatistics or statistics and a minimum of 1-year related experience are required.


 Demonstrated expertise in SAS is required; experience using R is desired. The biostatistician must have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills, with the ability to handle multiple simultaneous projects.


The PCCR was established in 1995 and is currently the largest and most highly funded research effort in the U.S. chiropractic academic community. We have been awarded over $40M in research grants through the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, Health Resources and Services Administration, and private foundations. Our research is conducted collaboratively with research-intensive universities and healthcare institutions. Active partners include investigators at Yale University, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine jointly based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and The University of Iowa College of Public Health. Investigators at PCCR conduct research in a dedicated research clinic as well as large- scale clinical trials in military treatment facilities and VA healthcare centers across the U.S.


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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Consult with research investigators and supervisor to develop appropriate data analysis plans

  • Code statistical programs and perform data analysis

  • Write and review statistical reports, including graphical presentation of results, reporting of results with interpretation, and explanations of statistical techniques used

  • Participate in the design and review of research protocols, including sample size projections

  • Code statistical programs to create treatment allocation schemes

  • Prepare statistical coding documentation in accordance with internal and external standards

  • Perform all responsibilities in a manner that fully complies with Palmer’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action policy

  • To carry out any other duties as directed by the Dean of Research or designee in area where working

  • Regular and reliable attendance is required in order to be successful in this position

    Non-Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Adhere to all federal and state compliance for data management and reporting

  • Serve as a resource on data-related activities for post-doctoral research scholars, Research Honors students, and other College personnel, as assigned or requested

  • Assist in planning for database development, data collection guidelines and logic checks, as requested

  • Adhere to all confidentiality and security standards for project management

  • Demonstrates behavior that meets established standards for professionalism in all interactions with patients, students, and/or staff

  • Perform other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from accredited college or university in Biostatistics, Statistics or Applied Statistics

  • Minimum of one (1) year of recent, related work experience

  • Demonstrated expertise and proficiency using standard statistical software, SAS and R in particular

  • Detail oriented, well organized with the ability to work on several projects simultaneously

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with others on the project team and in the PCCR

  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines

  • Effective in relationship building and working within teams

    Desired Qualifications:

  • Three (3) or more years of experience in clinical trials design and analysis using SAS and/or R is strongly desired


    Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, sedentary to light work in a ventilated, lighted, and temperature-controlled office setting

  • Occasionally stand, walk, and write by hand, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds

  • May work extended or non-standard hours based on project or business cycle needs