Biostatistician, Population Health

Contract: Permanent
Salary: Confidential
Status: Active

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Job Description

Currently the University offers fellowship programmes in the following specialties: Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Neonatology and Paediatric Neurology.

Job Summary

The Department of Population Health (DPH) Senior Statistician will support research projects/studies conducted by Faculty, students and Residents in the Faculty of Health Sciences, using various research designs including cohort, cross-sectional, randomized controlled, quasi-experimental, and diagnostic accuracy studies. S/he will teach Biostatistics courses (basic and advanced levels) in the under-graduate and post-graduate programmes in the Medical College, and will lead writing research proposals and grant applications for submission to external bodies. S/he will also provide advice on statistical methodology, and oversee quality control during data collection for ongoing projects, analysis of data and preparing articles for publication.


  • Assist in calculating sample size and analysis plans for research.
  • Assist faculty, students and staff in planning and developing the statistical aspects of their research manuscripts, including data analysis and interpretation of data collected.
  • Guide students on thesis research writing.
  • Supervise Masters (including MSc in Population Health Science and MMEd) and PhD students.
  • Design, plan, implement, assess and report the Biostatistics and Advanced Biostatistics courses according to the MSc Population Health Sciences curriculum.
  • Develop biostatistics courses for the MMed programme.
  • Design biostatistics course content for the PhD in Health Science programme.
  • Develop internal AKU capacity in biostatistics via short courses and seminars.
  • Assist faculty and staff in research grant applications, especially on the statistical and research design aspects.
  • Lead the writing of research proposals and grant applications for submission to donors.
  • Design and develop research studies in the department.
  • Prepare and analyse data and develop figures/tables for interim and final reports and manuscripts.
  • Write papers and submit to international peer-reviewed journals for publication.
  • Participate in team meetings and activities, objective setting and performance management.
  • Participate in improving processes, tools, systems and organization.
  • Participate in academic presentations regularly.
  • Contribute to the development and functioning of the faculty of health sciences as needed.


  • Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD in Biostatistics, Statistics and/or Epidemiology or similar);
  • Minimum 10 (ten) years of experience as statistician in health research;
  • Have teaching experience/activities and reflect a strong interest in teaching.
  • Highly advanced analysis skills using multiple statistical software, including STATA, R and SPSS.
  • Understanding of data management principles for clinical trials and health research
  • Applied knowledge of advanced statistical models, such as generalized linear models, survival analyses and mixed models in health research.
  • Good grasp of geospatial statistical and data science tools and methods will be a distinct advantage.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of scientific reporting and manuscript preparation.
  • Demonstrated team leadership skills in diverse settings.
  • Self-driven and able to work independently.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Seeks and accepts advice and adheres to deadlines.
  • Punctual and respects commitments made.
  • Responsible team player.
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