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At the time of application, please be prepared to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional (3) references. Three letters of recommendation will be automatically requested of your three professional references for candidates identified as top finalists. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. The screening of application materials will begin on December 11, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate has been identified.

Position Details

Position Information

Employee Type Faculty
Title Staff Scientist
Working Title Biostatistician
Position Number 126619
College/Area WSU Spokane
Hiring Unit IREACH
Department Link

Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health

Work Location Seattle
Zip Code 98101
Summary of Duties

Position Details:
Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and Project Lead, the Staff Scientist/Biostatistician will join an active, dynamic research program focused on understanding health disparities in vascular and neurodegenerative brain conditions among minority populations. Research foci specifically include longitudinal observational and intervention studies relevant to vascular brain injury, Alzheimer’s Disease, cognitive and physical function, and comorbidities in American Indian and Alaska Native elders. The Staff Scientist/Biostatistician will also work with other health disparities researchers on a variety of topics as part of Partnerships for Native Health, and the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), two large and well-funded research groups at WSU.

Duties and Responsibilities:
This position involves providing biostatistics support for ongoing neurology studies at IREACH. Specifically, the Staff Scientist/Biostatistician will work closely with the Principal Investigator and Project Lead to support data acquisition; help coordinate data entry, structure, and cleaning; and plan and execute appropriate statistical methods for complex analyses involving longitudinal data, imaging findings, and 3D brain maps. The Staff Scientist/Biostatistician will join the IREACH Methods Core, a collegial team of master’s and doctoral level epidemiologists and biostatisticians who support all quantitative research being conducted by IREACH investigators. Additionally, the Staff Scientist/Biostatistician will contribute to ongoing manuscripts, propose new statistical analyses, and contribute to grant proposals on other topics. Note that the position is typically conducted within regular business hours, but will require occasional evening or weekend work to meet specific deadlines.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:
•Conducting statistical analysis for observational and intervention studies, primarily focused on vascular brain injury, cognitive function, and Alzheimer’s disease, and involving both cross-sectional and longitudinal data.
•Assisting in coordination of ongoing research projects, including collaborating with the data management team to ensure high quality data for use in statistical analyses.
•Contributing to study development and planning, especially as related to study design, sampling, sample size and power, and selecting appropriate biostatistical methods.
•Contributing as co-author to writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed publications, with the option to be lead author for selected manuscripts if desired.
•Participating as a team member for grant writing, as needed.
•Participating in didactic training opportunities offered at WSU.
•Willingness to learn about and adhere to preferences and expectations for research collaboration espoused by various tribal research partners.
•Performing other duties as required.
•Occasional (< 10%) local or out of state travel.

Additional Information

The University
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a “highest research activity” institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.

WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.

Washington State University Seattle IREACH
IREACH includes a multidisciplinary faculty who conduct extramurally funded research in the areas of Native health, Latino health, and behavioral health in vulnerable populations. IREACH is a unit with both core senior and junior faculty, and about 40 staff. It has its own fiscal unit and an in-house editor and IRB coordinator.

The Area
Located on the Puget Sound in northwestern Washington, Seattle is a large city, and home to over 650,000 residents as well as Fortune 500 companies and a lively performing arts and sports scene. Known as the “Emerald City” due to the lush surrounding greenery, the city’s proximity to mountains and forest also make it an eclectic mix of urban and rural living. Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is the home to major philanthropic organizations, many institutions of higher learning, a large diversity of cultural events, restaurants, parks and recreational opportunities, and international corporations such as Amazon, Facebook, Starbucks, and Boeing.

IREACH’s office in Seattle is located in the middle of Seattle’s three major urban hot spots – South Lake Union, the Central Business District, and Capitol Hill – and is easily accessible from almost anywhere in the metropolitan area. On-site perks include green space and patio gathering spots, complimentary citywide shuttle, EV charging stations, on-site showers/locker rooms, and bike storage. The Seattle office is linked to both the Spokane and Pullman campuses through a sophisticated videoconferencing system that makes attending meetings and even teaching classes possible at a distance.

Anticipated Start Date
Tenure Track No
Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time
Appointment Status Temporary
Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Required Qualifications

Minimum/Required Qualifications:
•An earned Master’s degree in Biostatistics or an appropriate quantitative field with 4 years of relevant experience may be considered; a Ph.D. and two or more years of directly related experience and background. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
•A minimum of 2 years applied experience planning and conducting biostatistical analyses.
•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.
•Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of products.
•Ability to communicate clearly with non-statisticians about complex quantitative methods and findings.
•Experience preparing technical reports or manuscripts.
•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.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
•Experience working with American Indian, Alaska Native, or other minority populations.
•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.

Background Check Yes

Posting Detail Information

Type of Recruitment Open Recruitment
Posting Open Date 11/20/2017
Screening Begin Date 12/11/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

At the time of application, please be prepared to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional (3) references. Three letters of recommendation will be automatically requested of your three professional references for candidates identified as top finalists.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

The screening of application materials will begin on December 11, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate has been identified.

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  2. Curriculum Vitae
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