Veterans Medical Research Foundation of San Diego
Position Title: Statistician
Position posting date: 06/09/2022
Position start date: ASAP or until filled
Salary/Range: Dependent on Experience (DOE)
Status: Full time (40 hours/wk), benefits eligible
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Work Location: VMRF
Job Code: SG 1262
Salary: $60,000 - $90,000
Our dynamic research group, focused on improving outcomes of gastrointestinal cancers, including colorectal and stomach cancers, seeks to recruit a full time Statistician. The Statistician will have a role in making discoveries that will impact risk assessment and management of patients at risk for gastrointestinal cancers across the United States, and beyond. Our group has been continually funded since 2014 by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the National Cancer Institute, and others. The research team is a highly engaged, invested, and diverse group, which includes multiple nationally-recognized PIs who are faculty members at UC San Diego and staff physicians at VA San Diego, experienced research assistants and managers, and medical trainees at every level of training. The team is exceptionally well-published and routinely presents their findings at national and international scientific meetings. Findings from the studies to date have impacted clinical practice and guideline recommendations. More details on the research group can be found here: https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/medicine/divisions/gastro/research/labs/gupta-lab/Pages/default.aspx
The Statistician will provide statistical, bioinformatics, data management support for a diverse team of clinicians, statisticians, and epidemiologists focused on advancing research in cancer detection and prevention using the nationwide Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Informatics and Computing Infrastructure (VINCI) and other robust data infrastructures. The VA nationwide database contains longitudinal medical records of approximately 15 million US Veterans, which can also be linked to CMS/Medicare data and the Million Veteran Program genomic biobank, among others. The Statistician will be responsible for meeting with medical and scientific researchers to discuss statistical issues of study design, data analysis, and protocol, grant, and manuscript preparation. They will assist researchers in calculating power and sample sizes, developing appropriate hypotheses and data analysis plans, in carrying out appropriate statistical analyses, and in preparing written interpretation of statistical methods and results. They will provide modification and extension of existing statistical methodology and develop new methodology as appropriate. They will also use independent identification and application of appropriate statistical approaches, utilizing both conventional and state-of-arts methods, and assist with developing new methodology. The Statistician will perform data queries and data analysis using SQL, SAS and/or R. They will also generate research data reports and select methods and techniques for statistical analysis solutions.
Statistical and Analytical Programming Development (60%):
- Conducts statistical studies in support of research proposals and protocols. Reviews and understands study design and scientific context. Formalizes scientific questions into appropriate hypotheses or descriptive measures. Identifies appropriate statistical/bioinformatics approaches, utilizing both traditional and modern methods. Performs statistical programming to tailor standard packages to analytic needs. Creates data analysis files and implements data analysis. Runs statistical package programs including, but not limited to, R and SAS. Provides written interpretation of statistical methods and results for studies. Prepares clear and concise report for data analysis.
- Collaborates on the design, documentation, testing and implementation of research studies. Under the supervision of a biostatistics faculty member, consults with principal investigators and researchers regarding study design and statistical methods for studies, assists scientists and trainees with grant/contract applications, including study design development, statistical plan writeup, and power analyses.
- May be involved in researching, evaluating and selecting new data reporting products. Prepares relevant literature searches for studies using statistical and analytical methods.
- Assists in developing systems for organizing data to analyze, identify and report trends. Assists with manuscript preparation by writing statistical narratives and preparing graphs and tables that summarize results and visualize complex data. Performs power analyses for research proposals. Drafts methods/analysis portion of manuscripts and grants.
- Independently plans limited studies or assists higher level Analysts in large, complex studies.
Research Database Development and Maintenance (40%):
- Maintains and develops research gathering, retrieval and reporting systems. Participates in development of research databases, to include collecting data from multiple sources, merging multiple sources of data with different units/value attributes of analysis, checking completeness and accuracy of records by comparing to external sources and conducting internal consistency checks, developing documentation for database and data elements. Documents content of databases including sources, structure and variable definitions.
- Gathers and analyzes research data prepares and summarizes information and/or recommendations. Implements methods to collect and classify large datasets. In collaboration with investigators, designs, develops, modifies and implements database structures using SQL, data modeling, and relational database design using the VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure (VINCI) and other data infrastructures. Interfaces with VINCI personnel and/or other data managers to extract and organize all study related data. Organizes, cleans, codes, and manages records. Implements SQL queries and reports with minimal supervision from faculty supervisors. Serves as technical resource to users and others in the research group in the area of database management.
- Prepares datasets (i.e. coding, labeling, transforming, creating and cleaning variables) at the request of the study investigators or support staff.
- Participates in software and algorithm design for examining the correlations between treatment, disease progression and other factors.
- Plans studies, including the design of survey instruments and determining the sampling and reporting procedures. Develops and manages methods for the processing of precoded data and the preparation of related reports.
- Prepares reports and/or analyses for internal department constituents.
- Complies with safety and security policies and procedures. Reports potential unsafe conditions. Works well with others.
- May perform additional duties as required.
Master's degree in a related field (preferably Statistics) from an accredited college or university OR at least 2 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with data programming (e.g. performing data queries with SQL) is required. Experience with data management (e.g. recoding, cleaning) is required. Experience with data analysis software (e.g. SAS or R) is required.
Preferred Years Of Experience:2 Year(s)
Education Required:Masters Degree - MA
Employment/Position Type:Full Time
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