Biostatistician (80-100%)

Universitat Bern - Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at University of Bern performs research in a range of disciplines relevant to public health ( Groups cut across divisions, facilitating an interdisciplinary approach to research in the fields of clinical epidemiology, social and behavioral health, biostatistics, and international and environmental health.
The Paediatric Epidemiology Research Group conducts population-based and clinical studies in child health, focusing on cancer and respiratory disorders.

We are looking for a

Biostatistician (80-100%)

Period: Fixed-term contract for 1 year starting early 2018 (negotiable), but long-term engagement desired
Place: University of Bern, Switzerland
Apply no later than: 3rd December 2017

The Paediatric Epidemiology Research Group of the ISPM is looking for highly motivated statistician to support the team.
The Paediatric Epidemiology Research Group is one of the largest research groups at the ISPM consisting of about 10 PhD students, 8 postdocs, 2 senior researchers and other staff. Our research focuses mainly on respiratory diseases and cancer in young people. The group runs several registries including the Swiss Childhood Cancer Registry (SCCR, and conducts large cohort studies of children suffering from cancer, asthma and chronic cough and children from the general population.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Design and conduct statistical analyses using standard methods of biostatistics (linear regression, generalised linear models, time to event analysis)
  • Advise and supervise PhD students in their statistical analyses
  • Conduct statistical analysis for research projects requiring advanced methods (e.g. multivariate methods, cluster analysis, latent class analysis, generalised additive models, simulation studies)
  • Draft or review analysis plans for research proposals, study protocols, and publications
  • Contribute to internal training/teaching in statistical methods and best practices in data analysis
  • Responsible for data management and regular routine analysis of SCCR data (incidence, long-term survival)

Qualifications and skills:

  • A university degree (MSc or equivalent) in theoretical or applied statistics or in mathematics
  • Substantial experience as a statistician in a research setting (epidemiology/medicine/biology or similar field)
  • A good understanding of statistical theory and the ability to quickly understand and apply new methods
  • Experienced in statistical programming in R, proficiency in Stata or other statistical software is an advantage
  • A basic understanding of epidemiological concepts
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills and excellent organizational skills.
  • Fluency in English both written and oral (Knowledge of German or French is an advantage)

What we offer:

  • Working in a motivated research team with international collaborations
  • Possibility of co-authorship in scientific publications
  • Flexible career development options
  • Salary according to the salary scale of the canton of Bern

For further information on the position advertised, please contact PD Dr Ben Spycher (
Please send your application to Applications must be in English and include a curriculum vitae and motivation letter as PDF documents.

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