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Biostatistician, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Job ID: 27381

Updated: November 28, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Biostatistician.

The Biostatistician will be part of the UCVM research support team and receives directions from the Associate Dean, Research (Infrastructure and Support). This position exists to provide biostatistical support and training to Faculty members and their research teams in the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), undertake biostatistical analysis on research projects as well as to provide general statistical support for the wider activities of UCVM. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated candidate interested in applying their biostatistical skills to support a wide range of basic and applied research projects as well as veterinary educational activities. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine encompasses a diversity of fundamental, applied, and clinical research programs which require biostatistical support.

The position may occasionally be required to work outside regular hours, on an as needed basis. Some travel to the SpyHill Campus will be necessary.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Provide biostatistical support and training to principal investigators, research staff, and trainees
  • Undertake biostatistical consultation and analysis on specific research projects
  • Provide statistical and computational tools for biological- and veterinary clinical-based activities
  • Assist in the development and delivery of biostatistics workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers
  • Undertake biostatistical analysis on research and scholarly projects on a fee-for-service basis (which can provide the opportunity for co-authorship on publications)
  • In collaboration with investigators, contribute to grant planning, writing, and manuscript preparation (which can provide the opportunity for co-authorship on publications)
  • Liaise with biostatistics groups in other Faculties as well as central computing support at the University of Calgary
  • Provide statistical support and analysis for outcomes assessments in UCVM, such as for admissions processes and analysis of educational outcomes assessment
  • Demonstrate communication, organization, problem solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Maintains confidentiality, adheres to safety regulations, and is flexible in providing assistance in other areas as required
  • Interacts with facility/service users and lab members in a pleasant and respectful manner when providing assistance
  • Foster a positive and productive work environment
  • Undertake other duties associated with biostatical support as directed by the Associate Dean, Research
  • Be familiar with the University of Calgary's "statement on Principles of Conduct" and conducts themselves according to these principles in all situations when representing UCVM or while acting on behalf of the University

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree and a MSc or PhD in a relevant area of biostatistics with approximately 2-5 years of experience in a recognized research environment
  • Good understanding of concepts and principles of biomedical, veterinary and clinical research
  • Coding proficiency eg. R, Python or other interpreted programming language
  • Familiarity with common statistical software, such as SPSS, Graphpad, SAS, and R
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential to facilitate interaction with scientists working in various disciplines (fluency in English is necessary)
  • The ability to work independently as well as demonstrated teamwork skills, strong organizational, management and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management skills

Application Deadline:  December 14, 2022

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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