Research Associate, PQHS

POSITION OBJECTIVE

The Research Associate (RA) will support the principal investigator (PI) on methodological research and data analysis projects. Under guidance from the PI, the RA will assist and occasionally take the lead in writing methodological papers. The RA will also write computer code (using R and SAS, among other software) in the conduct of data analyses and simulation studies. The activities of the RA will be in support of an NIH-funded project to develop new statistical methods for causal mediation analysis for behavioral health research, with primary application to dental and oral health. The successful candidate should have interests, and preferably some background, in the relevant methodological areas, in particular, causal inference, stochastic processes, and longitudinal data analysis.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Write, debug, and document programs for statistical methods and simulation studies using software such as R and SAS. (30%)

  2. Collaborate and take lead in methodological research and writing papers in support of research projects. (25%)

  3. Review literature, learn new statistical, numerical and computing methods and relevant science as needed. (15%)

  4. Assist in, possibly through oversight of student assistants, completion of data analyses, graphics, and other tasks in preparation of manuscripts and presentations. (10%)

  5. Participate in meetings with project collaborators. (10%)

  6. Provide expertise to complete computing tasks of project, including efficient running of code, and data management. (10%)

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

1. Attend and present at local and national professional meetings.

2. Other duties as assigned.

CONTACTS

Department: Department faculty and staff to discuss research. (40%)

University: Faculty, staff involved in the project usually in team meetings. (10%)

External: Outside consultant in meetings or consultations. (5%)

Students: Student assistants to provide guidance, discuss results.(10%)

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None.

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: One to three years of experience in biostatistics research /data analysis and statistical programming (preferably post-doctoral).

Education: Ph.D. in Biostatistics, Statistics, or equivalent degree.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  1. Strong statistics, math and computing background.

  2. Data analysis knowledge and skills, including longitudinal data analysis.

  3. Ability to quickly learn new methods and technologies on own.

  4. Statistical programming skills using R and SAS and other needed software.

  5. General computer skills, including proficiency in data management, knowledge of high performance and parallel computing, proficiency with Microsoft Word and Office.

  6. Highly motivated to accomplish tasks and learn, detail oriented and organized, good listening skills, effective and accurate in carrying out instructions, well-developed problem solving skills, accountability/integrity, good interpersonal skills, and initiative.

  7. Excellent oral and written English communication skills.

WORKING CONDITIONS

General office environment. Work requires regular use of a computer keyboard and mouse. Limited manual dexterity required. Work requires negligible physical exertion. No exposure to hazards. Possible travel to professional meetings.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Send CV, contact information for 3 references to: Jeffrey Albert, jma13@case.edu

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.