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Research Scientist/Engineer 2 - The National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC)

Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11572
Posted: June 27, 2017
Description:
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions.  Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research and community service.  

The Department of Epidemiology, part of the UW School of Public Health, is consistently rated as one of the top epidemiology departments in the United States.  There are approximately 70 faculty in the department. Additionally, more than one hundred health professionals and scientists hold adjunct and affiliate appointments. Faculty research is highly interdisciplinary and encompasses a broad range of topics, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, cardiovascular disease, maternal and child health, injury, trauma and violence, women’s health, diseases of aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to infectious agents, faculty research focuses on behavioral, nutritional, genetic, metabolic, environmental and medical factors associated with disease risk and disease outcome.

The National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 2 position.  The person in this position will work within the (NACC) assisting various groups and personnel with scientific research project management, data requests, data quality assurance, and data collection/report design. The person in this position will report to a research scientist for task assignments and overall supervision.

NACC facilitates collaborative research among 30 Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADCs) funded by the National Institute on Aging, and is in its fourth 5-yr funding cycle with a budget of approximately $20M. NACC maintains a database of clinical and neuropathological data collected from the ADCs, and also funds and oversees investigator -initiated collaborative research projects among ADC investigators; these projects define and collect data specific for their research needs. In addition, NACC provides data management and statistical consulting/analysis for investigator-initiated collaborative R01s which are independently funded by the NIA. This position is integral to the success of NACC, and it is vital that the person occupying this position possesses the ability to work with investigators and other personnel from diverse backgrounds (i.e.,neurology, neuropathology, psychiatry, genetics, computer analysts, administrators) and multiple institutions. This will be a very visible position, reflecting the outstanding quality of research at the University of Washington.

The purpose of this position is to work within the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) assisting various groups and personnel with scientific research, applied statistical analysis, data quality, and report design. This position will assist in managing a variety of research and data management projects, and will be heavily involved in project management.

This position works as part of the Research Support Group and reports directly to the Lead Research Scientist. This position must demonstrate the ability to work independently, but must also be able to interact and work closely with all groups within NACC including the Data and Administrative Groups. This involves working with various personnel including research scientists, computer professionals, and administrators. Good communication skills are essential in dealing with these groups. This position must understand research complexities and database complexities to assist researchers from many disciplines across the country. This position must apply independent problem solving requiring the application of existing and emerging scientific knowledge, and as time permits, creating opportunities to enhance technical methodology or content through expansion of existing or development of new methods. This position must strive to understand the complexities of terminology related to neurological and other causes of cognitive decline and to attain a working knowledge of the current clinical and basic science associated with the area. The candidate must then be able to apply this understanding to data collection design, quality assurance, consultation and statistical analyses.

Duties:
  • Serve as one of the points-of-contact and creator of scientific content for ongoing and new research support projects, such as the development of new guidance documents for researchers using our data.

  • Assists Researchers/Investigators in using and analyzing data primarily from the NACC database and also from other sources consistent with the research needs of ADC investigators, including providing statistical and research design consultation. This includes, but is not limited to analyses of: NACC data, NACC collaborative projects data (including consortia with which NACC collaborates (e.g., ADNI, ADGC), R01s, and other grants in which NACC participates. This includes performing statistical analyses for and collaborating with external researchers, as time permits.

  • Independently and in collaboration with NACC faculty, initiates and conducts applied and methodologic/statistical research using the NACC database. This includes proposing topics, analyzing data, and preparing manuscripts for submission to scientific journals. 

  • Miscellanous: Work with the NACC Data Quality Assurance Group on QA/QC activities such as statistical data pattern monitoring and report preparation; works with internal NACC groups to insure that a clear communication path is maintained so that database design, data collection design, project tracking design, and data request/queries are appropriate not only to NACC but all ADRC researchers and the National Institute of Aging (NIA); and other duties as assigned including, but not limited to, grant preparation, meeting and Task Force attendance, and programming. 

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
REQUIREMENTS:
Master’s Degree in Biostatistics, Epidemiology or Health Services.

Two years of experience in research conducting multiple studies using applied statistical analysis. Must
be comfortable with statistical concepts such as: multivariable methods, regression analysis, bivariate
analysis, continuous and categorical data, longitudinal data analysis, and threats to validity (e.g.
confounding and random error).

Must have experience with statistical analysis using SAS or R and willing to learn the other (prefer
experience with both). ( SPSS, is not a substitute). Additional statistical software experience is a plus.

Must have course work and/or experience applying longitudinal data analysis methods and developing study
designs primarily for observational studies.

Experience interpreting statistical results and providing clear written and verbal descriptions.

Strong project management skills and ability to prioritize work to meet internally and externally imposed deadlines.

At least one year of experience with data management 

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