Updated: 8 months ago
Deadline: 26 Jan 2020

Posting Details

Position Details

Employee Type AP-Administrative Professional
University Title Statistician
Working Title Biostatistician
College/Area WSU Spokane
Department WSUS IREACH
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Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health

Position Number 130150
Hiring Unit IREACH
Work Location Other
Zip Code 98101 or 99202
This position is in a Bargaining Unit No
Summary of Duties

The Biostatistician provides analytic support for observational studies and behavioral intervention research focused on health disparities. Priority populations are primarily American Indians/Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, with increasing focus on LatinX, rural, and migrant populations as well.

Research foci include, but are not limited to, cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, neuroepidemiology and vascular brain injury, suicide prevention, cardiovascular disease, diabetes management, nutritional epidemiology, maternal/child health, men’s health, addiction research, and cancer screening.

The IREACH Methods Core is a collegial and highly collaborative group comprising epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and a demographer who provide all aspects of quantitative research support to faculty within IREACH, across WSU, and external research partners in locations across the US including Hawai`i, Alaska, Oklahoma, and Maine. The incumbent may engage in occasional travel to these or other locations.

The majority of work assigned to the incumbent involves conducting data analysis and writing methods/results sections for peer-reviewed manuscripts, but they also contribute to grant writing and other research efforts as assigned.

The incumbent must possess strong training and experience in analytic methods typically used for health outcomes research, including cross-sectional, longitudinal, and hierarchical data structures and design and implementation of randomized controlled trials. Group-randomized trials are also commonly required in community-based health research, and training or experience in this area is highly desirable.

The incumbent must also possess ability to communicate clearly about statistical concepts and analysis results to diverse audiences, including non-methodologist researchers and non-scientists, both in person and in writing.

This is a temporary position expected to end 1-year after date of hire. Renewal is dependent on satisfactory performance, the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment. The successful candidate can choose to be located in either Seattle, WA or Spokane, WA.

Additional Information

Competitive benefits available
Statistical Analysis – 70%
-Conducts statistical analysis for observational and intervention studies, involving both cross-sectional and longitudinal data.
-Provides statistical data analysis support and prepares data files for collaborators.
-Provide statistical consultation and analytical help for graduate, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty involved with research projects.
-Responsible for statistical programming and data analysis and creating datasets.
-Conceptualizes and plans appropriate statistical data analyses.
-Performs cross-sectional as well as longitudinal analyses using a variety of statistical methodology including survival analysis, categorical data analysis, multiple linear regression, generalized linear models, and mixed effects models.
-Interprets, summarizes and communicates results in writing and presents results.
-Investigates, analyzes and interprets data using multivariate statistical modeling.
-Provides consulting and programming for database management.
-Combines/merges datasets that are acquired from different sources. Creates templates for researchers, cleans and transfers data to different formats from Excel to SQL and SAS to STATA.
-Plans and documents computer data file structure; develops, programs, manages, and maintains complex statistical databases; performs or supervises data entry.
-Selects data samples, prepares questionnaires and surveys, and conducts logic checks to maintain data quality.
-Uses existing statistical software and a variety of established statistical methods to gather, analyze, and interpret research data to derive useful information for research studies.
-Applies missing data approaches (e.g., multiple imputation) in analysis.
-Formats data, and develops and prepares reports, charts, tables, and other related documents and graphics.

Manuscript Development – 15%
-Contributes as co-author to writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed publications, with the option to be lead author for selected manuscripts if desired.
-Assists with preparing research papers, abstracts, and presentations.
-Produces technical reports and memorandum describing procedures, data collection, and/or research results.
-Provides consultation on new reporting efforts and/or developing/piloting new reports.

Study Design and Planning – 10%
-Contributes to study development and planning, especially as related to study design, sampling, sample size and power, and selecting appropriate biostatistical methods.
-Formulates research designs and suggest ways to improve designs by identifying potential problems, recommending and implementing solutions.
-Assists in study designs (clinical trials and observational studies), including sample size and power analysis.
-Assists in the development of new ideas for statistical analysis methods and implementation in software such as SAS, STATA, and R.
-Participates with other statisticians in the development of statistical methodology, study design, and data analysis.
-Assists in project planning and management with clients and other staff members.

Other – 5%
Other duties as assigned.

Appointment Status Temporary
Job Appointment (FTE%)


Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience.

Position Qualifications

Required Qualifications

Positions require a Master’s degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or other related field and professional experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Additional Requirements

A minimum of 4 years applied experience planning and conducting biostatistical analyses. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Expertise with statistical programming software (R or Stata preferred).

Education or applied experience in correlated data analysis, including generalized estimating equations and random effects modeling.

Ability to communicate clearly with non-statisticians about complex quantitative methods and findings.

Proactive problem solving skills, ability to work independently, and ability to take appropriate autonomous initiative to carry out study-related functions.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, particularly scientific writing.

Outstanding ethical integrity and strong commitment to confidentiality in dealing with scientific data and results.

Excellent time management and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Occasional local or out of state travel, including overnight, required.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with one or more of our priority populations.

Experience designing and analyzing group-randomized trials.

Experience using large datasets, including (but not limited to) electronic medical records, HMO, or longitudinal cohort data.

Experience planning and conducting complex or advanced biostatistical methods besides correlated data analysis, such as prediction modeling, marginal structural models, quantitative bias analysis, machine learning, image analysis, or Bayesian methods.

Demonstrated experience using SharePoint for collaboration.

Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of products.

Experience preparing technical reports or manuscripts.

Willingness to participate in didactic training opportunities at WSU.

Willingness to learn about and adhere to preferences and expectations for research collaboration espoused by various tribal research partners.

Will this position require a background check? This position has been designated by the department to require a background check

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 01/10/2020
Close Date 01/26/2020
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) curriculum vitae 2) a cover letter and 3) a writing sample consisting of a published paper on which the applicant served as an analyst and drafted the results section. Applicants are required to include contact information for at least three (3) professional references in the application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

EEO Statement

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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