Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Biostatistician (#20003725)


General Statement

Under direction, advises and assists in preparation of experimental plans for statistical analysis of the research data.  Also performs complex statistical analysis of research and environmental monitoring data.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Assigns, supervises and reviews work; rewards, disciplines, directs, or adjusts grievances of other employees or effectively recommends their hiring, transfer, suspension, layoff, recall, promotion or discharge.
  • Carries out system analysis, including mathematical and statistical relationships and studies on wastewater treatment, environmental monitoring, analytical systems, and other processes.
  • Conducts complex mathematical analysis of difficult statistical problems.
  • Must be capable of independently determining which statistical theory and/or method is appropriate for a given problem, and then applying this theory and/or method to the problem.
  • Prepares reports, scientific articles and papers; may present research findings at scientific seminars and conferences.
  • Reviews and advises as to proper experimental design plans for various research projects.
  • Directs or otherwise sets up and carries out statistical evaluation and management of research, environmental monitoring, and analytical data.

Other Job Functions

  • Develops appropriate statistical computer programs and methodologies to meet District needs.
  • Reviews proposals initiated by agencies outside of the District.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Typical office located in an analytical and research laboratory building.  May use standard office equipment and computer terminals.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of statistical theory and methods.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of biology and chemistry as applied to wastewater treatment processes and environmental monitoring data.
  • Some knowledge of the programming languages in current use by the District. Considerable knowledge of SAS statistical software.
  • Ability to analyze alternative means of deriving input data to select most feasible and economical method.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Possession of a Doctoral degree in statistics or applied mathematics.  Four years of professional level experience in applied statistical research or analysis.

Promotional Requirement

  • None

CLASS: 20003725; EST: 10/1/1998; REV: ;