Senior Biostatistician - Omics - Virtual

Rockville , MD
Aug 16, 2022
Sep 21, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is seeking a Senior Biostatistician to lead statistical analyses of “omics” data including but not limited: to basic GWAS analysis; transcriptome-wide and methylation-wide association studies; meta-analysis; gene- and pathway-level association testing; fine-mapping; polygenic isk prediction; and genome-wide gene-environment interaction analysis. You will collaborate and consult with external investigators and internal project team members on your work designing and executing analyses, and contribute to scientific peer reviewed publications. You will present computational and statistical analysis results to collaborators and assist them with data access, analysis, and interpretation of results.

• Collaborate with the research team to develop data analysis plans.
• Advise the research team on the appropriateness and feasibility of analytic tools and techniques specific to GWAS and related “omics” analyses.
• Oversee, lead, and consult on all phases of the analysis process using FAIR guiding principles to: establish data pipelines; manage, merge and harmonize data across sources and studies; prepare analytic datasets; carry out analytical programming; and implement quality control measures throughout.
• Prepare documentation, provide summaries of study findings in manuscripts, tables and through the use of data visualization tools.
• Present results orally and in writing to internal and external audiences, incorporating descriptions of methods, relevant literature, and other background material to provide context for the results.

Basic Qualifications:
• PhD in Biostatistics, Statistics, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology or a related field of study.
• Five (5) years of advanced biomedical, “omics” data analysis experience.
• Experience with SAS, R, Python and other statistical packages and tools specific to “omics” analyses.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ability to assess existing tools and identify novel tools and approaches for “omics” analyses.
• Expert ability to identify and resolve analytic issues using knowledge, background, problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
• Ability to express complex statistical concepts and technical information clearly to audiences with and without formal statistical training.

Your demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships, work collaboratively as part of a research team, and be a self-starter will be key. You will use your critical thinking, writing, and communication skills to support your projects and clients.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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