Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L4006 / Sr Statistician
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides a wide range of advanced statistical expertise, guidance, and support to researchers, scientists, and managers engaged in research studies within the physical, life, and/or socioeconomic sciences. Participates in the design, development, and reporting of research studies, and responds to a broad range of statistical issues arising in a variety of settings. Supervises statistical support/data entry personnel, as appropriate to the objectives of the position and the nature of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Participates in the design, analysis, and reporting of research studies; provides consultation to investigators and researchers on experimental design, and statistical research approaches, requirements, and scientific standard.
  2. Works with investigators to formalize analysis plans and reporting specifications; advises as to choice of statistical analysis strategies, reliability of measurements and identifiability of models, and interpretation and presentation of statistical results.
  3. Plans and documents computer data file structure; develops, programs, manages, and maintains complex statistical databases; performs or supervises data entry.
  4. Uses a variety of advanced statistical software, methods, and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret research data to derive useful information for research data; advises and assists in the development of inferences and conclusions, as appropriate.
  5. Develops enhancements to statistical software, as appropriate, by programming new techniques; maintains knowledge of current and emerging trends in statistical analysis methodology.
  6. Prepares a variety of comprehensive statistical reports according to presentation requirements; participates in manuscript preparation, to include preparation of data summaries and statistical results, for publication.
  7. Oversees and coordinates the work of statistical support staff, data entry staff, and/or students, as appropriate to the position, on a project, site, or operational basis.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of scientific approach and methodologies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles, concepts, methods, and standards of statistical research.
  • Ability to apply a range of advanced statistical techniques in support of scientific research studies and/or experiments.
  • Ability to process computer data and to format and generate reports.
  • Ability to consult with scientific investigators, interpret research requirements, and determine statistical analysis strategies.
  • Ability to plan, create, program and manage complex statistical computer databases.
  • Knowledge of programming logic and codes.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions from complex statistical information.
  • Skills in the use of database management, word processing, spreadsheet, and/or presentation software.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in advanced statistical analysis for scientifc application.
  • Knowledge of SAS programming and/or other statistical software.
  • Knowledge of scientific reporting and manuscript preparation requirements and standards.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Providing consultation to investigators and researchers on statistical research approaches; b) designing, analyzing and reporting of research studies; c) developing enhancements to statistical software by programming new techniques; d) preparing a variety of comprehensive reports; and e) overseeing and coordinating the work of statistical support staff.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017