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Biostatistician - Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH)

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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #12051
Posted: November 20, 2017

Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane and the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) invites applications for a Staff Scientist / Biostatistician, a full-time, temporary 12-month position. Subsequent renewals are subject to satisfactory performance, mutual consent, and available funding. The position is located in Seattle, Washington.

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.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. We offer excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program.

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:

  • 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.

Application Process:

Applicants need to apply online through WSU Human Resources at and be prepared to upload:

  1. A cover letter addressing how you meet the qualifications for this position
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Minimum of three references (names and contact information)
  4. Finalist will need to provide 3 letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin December 11, 2017.

Finalist for this position will be subject to a background check as condition of employment. Questions may be sent to the search committee liaison in an email to Caitlin Oberst at Washington State University is an EO/AA/ADA educator and employer.

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