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Biostatistician, Radiation Effects Research Foundation - Hiroshima, Japan

Location: Radiation Effects Research Foundation - Hiroshima, Japan
Department: Div on Earth & Life Studies
Job Req #: 120058
Basic Requirements: U.S. citizenship. Earned M.S. or Ph.D. degree in biostatistics, bioinformatics, or statistics. Demonstrated record of productivity in a relevant research field commensurate with the level of appointment. Good oral and written communication skills. Ability to relocate to Japan. At least three years of experience for M.S. degree candidates desired. Strong interest and experience in applied statistics with an emphasis on biostatistics desired. Experience in one or more of the following desired: radiation dosimetry modeling; risk estimation/hazard function modeling; analysis of longitudinal data; design and analysis of epidemiologic studies (cohort, nested case-control, gene-environment interactions); statistical methods for analysis of high-dimensional (e.g., DNA sequencing, microarray) data.


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) seeks a scientist to fill a biostatistics position at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Hiroshima, Japan. Candidates must be U.S. citizens; hold an earned M.S. or Ph.D. degree in biostatistics, bioinformatics, or statistics; and have a demonstrated record of productivity in a relevant research field commensurate with the level of appointment. The appointment can be made at the early to senior career levels for a minimum of two years with the possibility for renewals. Please visit to apply for this position or contact Dr. Kevin Crowley at NAS ( or Dr. Harry Cullings at RERF ( for additional information. EOE, M/F/D/V

RERF is a bi-national foundation supported by the governments of the United States (the U.S. Department of Energy) and Japan 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.

Position Responsibilities:

Appointees with an M.S. degree will be expected to spend most of their time on analysis and interpretation of data and development of related reports in consultation with senior RERF statisticians, with potential opportunities to provide assistance with methodological research. Appointees with a Ph.D. degree will be expected to spend about 75 percent time on statistical consulting, primarily to assist in the design of radiation research protocols, analysis and interpretation of data, and development of publications in consultation with epidemiologists, clinical researchers, and laboratory scientists, with the remaining time spent on independent research in statistics, bioinformatics, or other areas of quantitative and analytical methods pertinent to RERF’s work. Manuscript preparation, editing, and oral presentations are important responsibilities of this position for all appointment levels. Appointment level and salary will be commensurate with earned degrees and experience.

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