Salary is commensurate with education and experience
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The Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) is the home of CERTAIN, Washington State's learning healthcare system. Projects utilize clinical data collected from hospitals in addition to administrative claims data, vital status records, healthcare payer claims datasets, and patient reported survey data. SORCE's projects and CERTAIN's interests bring together multiple clinical and academic disciplines to investigate healthcare utilization, clinical outcomes, cost-impact, and patient reported outcomes in an effort track quality and drive healthcare improvement.
SORCE has an outstanding opportunity for a Health Research Analyst (Research Consultant). The main purpose of this position is to support data management, analysis, and reporting of data generated or acquired by SORCE investigators. This position will staff a variety of SORCE's ongoing and developing projects. This position independently applies advanced statistical analytic approaches to healthcare datasets to achieve research project aims. This position will work closely with the Principal Investigators, co-Investigators and senior staff to devise approaches to meet complex analytic needs. This position will report to the Associate Director, Research and Training.
The main areas of responsibility for this position are as follows:
Data Analysis and Reporting (50%)
Data Acquisition and Management (30%)
Research Development and Scholarly Research and Reporting (20%)
This position requires a candidate with significant understanding of and experience in statistical analyses and database management. Additionally, a significant research background and understanding of research principals and methodology are required. The candidate must be able to understand and comply with regulatory requirements by funding agencies, data sources, human subject review board, and other external and internal regulatory boards. This is a position that requires independent problem solving, excellent time management skills, attention to detail and the ability to negotiate and communicate priorities. The complexity of projects are medium to high and the timeline for project execution to milestone achievement is short, therefore requiring a candidate with high skill level and independent resourcefulness.
SORCE prides itself on having a dynamic work environment. From a foundation of well-established structure and process, we respond rapidly to opportunities or challenges with innovative and entrepreneurial approaches. The work assignments and the role of this position mean that the incumbent will regularly experience a particularly high degree of change and ambiguity. A successful candidate must not only embrace this environment as an individual, but also be able to support their colleagues to success in this context. The Department of Surgery and SORCE are committed to a culture of excellence, and this individual must embrace a culture of continuous improvement.
The Department of Surgery at the University of Washington, School of Medicine is guided by its mission: To provide compassionate and high quality patient-centered care, train future generations of surgical leaders and conduct research in a collegial environment which embraces diversity and promotes inclusiveness. Our goal is to be a Department of Choice for employees and we have developed Core Competencies that define our vision of a Department of Choice. You can review these core competencies by following this link Core Competencies. We invite you to learn more about our mission, practices and people by visiting the Department's Website at Department of Surgery Website.
The Department's Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) was established in 2005 with a mission to assess the impact of surgical procedures on patients, society, and the healthcare system and improve the practice of surgery through education, training, and policy initiatives. To date, SORCE has received over $86 million in grant support and currently operates an annual budget of over $6 million. SORCE has grown into a multidisiplinary collaboration of researchers from across health science disciplines, including over 25 UW faculty from 15 departments and 4 schools, and clinicians at clinical practice sites across the Washington State. In addition, SORCE provides a collaborative resource base for junior faculty from all Surgical Divisions as well as cross-departmentally. More information about SORCE is available at http://uwsurgery.org/sorce
I. Data Analysis and Reporting (50%)
Successfully assess research project aims and milestone goals and develop appropriate work timelines to meet data reporting needs;
Completes complex statistical analysis of data using R, SAS, or STATA;
Comprehends and interprets complex data files using data field codes and data dictionaries;
Uses and successfully manipulates large clinical and administrative databases for analysis of data;
Organizes and receives data in a timely manner by communicating effectively with others with regard to materials necessary to complete data transfer, data analyses, and report generation;
Design, test and implement methods and formats for data reporting;
II. Data Acquisition and Management (30%)
Effectively manages database and acquired data, ensures accuracy of data and participates in quality control activities
Serves as a liaison between the project team and data vendor/sources to communicate data needs and facilitate data delivery;
Completes and maintains appropriate regulatory approvals such as data use agreements, human subjects review, as necessary for the project
III. Research Development and Scholarly Research and Reporting (20%)
Assists investigators in designing data analytic component in research proposals and projects
Makes significant content contributions to manuscripts and presentations, and technical reports for sponsors or partners
Effectively develops, writes and edits research data reports for research sponsors, partners, and scholarly publication
Effectively completes data inquiries for project feasibility inquiries, including researching potential administrative and clinical datasets to meet investigator needs
Master's Degree in Biostatistics, Health Services, Epidemiology, or comparable field
Minimum 3 years of research experience with analysis from existing large datasets, such as SEER-Medicare, Medicare, Truven Marketscan, or CHARS data
Strong communication skills
Demonstrated success developing code in R, SAS, Stata, or other coding language
Demonstrated facility with analytic tasks and ability to participate productively in interdisciplinary research teams
Strong quantitative aptitude, desire to learn new skills and information, and ability to interpret complex analytic quantitative information
Strong sense of focus and attention to detail
Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment
Experience writing novel code to handle complex analytic tasks
Experience using, building, or maintaining databases
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration
Ph.D. in Biostatistics, Health Services, Epidemiology, or comparable field
4-5 years of experience in statistical analysis
4-5 years of experience with R, SAS, STATA, or other coding language
4-5 years of experience with secondary analysis from existing large datasets, such as SEER-Medicare, Medicare, Truven Marketscan, or CHARS data
4-5 years of experience with database management
Working Environmental Conditions:
General professional work schedule and environment, but must be flexible to work occasional evenings and weekends in order to fulfill responsibilities.
Must be able to regularly attend early morning or late afternoon meetings
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