Chief of Statistics - Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board

Washington D.C.
Jun 27, 2018
Jan 25, 2019
Healthcare, Nonprofit
Full Time
Job Description Summary:
Manages the research activities and staff in the Department of Statistics or Epidemiology at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Hiroshima, Japan. Formulates and conducts statistical research in collaboration with other RERF departments. Conducts independent methodological research. Reports to internal and external audiences on the outcomes of the department's research activities, including at national and international scientific meetings.

Responsible for resource allocation, staff planning. and management, and is fully accountable for the performance and results of the department. Has authority to formulate, affect, interpret, or implement management policies or operating practices. Studies and decisions have long-term implications and affect continuing operations. Incumbent deals with important or controversial issues and effective persuasion, negotiation, and compromise are critical to work. Has high-level professional staff as direct reports.
Job Description:


Manages research activities of the Department of Statistics or Epidemiology, RERF, in accordance with relevant program policies. Establishes internal departmental standards and procedures. Depending on the area of specialty, incumbent:

Plans and conducts statistical research to answer complex scientific questions. Provides statistical consulting to other RERF departments. Also conducts independent research on statistical methodologies. Or,

Oversees epidemiology studies including genetic and molecular studies.  Leads consulting on inter-disciplinary studies involving epidemiologic or clinical outcomes, genetics, cellular and molecular biology, and immunology.

Oversees financial management of the department.  Monitors departmental budgets to ensure the efficient and effective use of resources.  Reviews and approves expenditures.

Manages and mentors departmental staff. Cultivates a work environment that fosters teamwork and encourages effective communications. Trains and develops employees to successfully perform current responsibilities and encourages development of staff for future roles.   Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.  Initiates personnel actions, including performance and compensation reviews and disciplinary actions. 

Fosters collaborative research activities across RERF and with external investigators. Serves as a resource to other RERF research staff.

Provides scientific and programmatic advice to RERF directors when requested.

Writes/edits scientific papers and presentations and responds to reviewer comments.

Represents RERF within and outside the institution, and reports to internal and external audiences on the outcomes of RERF's activities, including at national and international scientific meetings.

Remains up to date on current research trends and best practices. Identifies and applies advanced technologies to improve research capabilities.

Maintains an appropriate standard of confidentiality. When handling secure, privileged, sensitive, or confidential information and matters, maintains strict confidence and exercises care to prevent disclosure to others. Accesses confidential information for work-related reasons only, following the policies and procedures of the organization. Ensures that any privileged, sensitive, or confidential information is securely stored, disposed of, and transmitted according to the Institutional guidance. Ensures procedures are in place to maintain and protect confidentiality and to prevent disclosure.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated record of scientific leadership and research productivity.  Advanced knowledge of advanced statistical analysis methods. Strong program/project planning, management, and facilitation skills. Ability to manage, train, and mentor staff. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences.  Ability to solve problems using originality and ingenuity.  Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues.  Ability to independently develop and manage multiple and complex projects.  Ability to operate with independent judgment and action. Ability to work successfully in a binational team environment. Ability to address important/controversial issues using effective persuasion, negotiation, and compromise skills. Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

Minimum Education Requirements: Ph.D., Sc.D. or M.D. degree in related discipline, or equivalent knowledge.

Minimum Experience: Ten years of related professional experience, five of which were in a supervisory capacity.

Preferred Experience: Strong interest and experience in statistics or biostatistics.

Physical Capabilities: Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability to travel. Ability to relocate to Japan.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: U.S. citizenship required.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Reports to Chief of Research, RERF. General direction is provided. Supervises staff.

Work Environment: Radiation Effects Research Foundation, Hiroshima, Japan. Office environment, with occasional travel between RERF facilities and to off-site meeting/sponsor locations.

RERF is a bi-national foundation supported by the governments of the United States (U.S. Department of Energy) and Japan (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) and is a global leader in the study of long-term effects of radiation exposure on human health and its interactions with genes, lifestyle, and environment. RERF and its predecessor, the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, have studied the health of Japanese atomic bombing survivors since 1947 in three large cohorts: Life Span Study, Adult Health Study, and a study of survivor offspring (F1 Study). The NAS has a long-standing cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to recruit and hire U.S. scientists to work at RERF.

Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Some functions in this description may be specific to a particular unit of the National Academies and not applicable to other units. 

Employee Type:EmployeeScheduled Weekly Hours:37.5City/State:Minami-ku, Hiroshima

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