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Our Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology has an outstanding opportunity for an Applied Statistical Demographer and Data Scientist.
This position provides methodological support to faculty and graduate students studying demographic processes and their connections to environmental and health dynamics, as well as leadership on innovative new projects consistent with the scientific emphases of the center. It requires both broad social science research skills and an orientation towards service and facilitation of research.
Job Description: The Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE; https://csde.washington.edu/) seeks an Applied Statistical Demographer and Data Scientist to join its Scientific Core. CSDE is a population research center at the University of Washington funded by a P2C grant from the National Institutes of Health (NICHD), matching funds from the College of Arts and Sciences, and faculty affiliate grant proposals. CSDE is uniquely situated at the UW to foster cutting-edge population science, including our partnership with the Northwest Federal Statistical Research Data Center (NWFSRDC), an active demographic graduate training program, and initiatives on campus linking and sharing administrative data and driving the formation of interdisciplinary teams together for scientific, evidence-based policymaking. To further foster scholastic connections, CSDE maintains active linkages with other research centers on campus, including the eScience Institute, the Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR), the Center for Statistics in the Social Sciences (CSSS), the West Coast Poverty Center, and the Population Health Initiative, among many others.
This position provides methodological support to faculty and graduate students studying demographic processes and their connections to environmental and health dynamics, as well as leadership on innovative new projects consistent with the scientific emphases of the center. It requires both broad social science research skills and an orientation towards service and facilitation of research. The successful candidate will provide data management, statistical consultation, programming, and general research support for Center researchers. We are especially interested in candidates with experience and interest in working with novel and complex data sources, including administrative data. Accordingly, this position requires exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; flexibility, adaptability and the desire to learn new skills as needed; and the ability to work as part of a team. We are looking for someone who is able to provide assistance to all levels of researchers and to do outreach that encourages best practice demographic research methods and successful grant proposals. These interpersonal skills are equally as important as the technical skills for this position.
In addition to research support functions, CSDE research staff is expected to develop their own area of expertise as well as peer networks within and outside of the UW. They participate significantly in research design and execution in collaboration with affiliate faculty, and serve substantial roles on sponsored projects. The Applied Statistical Demographer is expected to take a leadership role in identifying opportunities for, and development of, independent and collaborative research on topics consistent with the broad scientific goals of CSDE. Accordingly, after the first year of this position, the Applied Statistical Demographer will be supported by CSDE at 60% of their FTE, and expected to generate 40% of their FTE through participation on collaborative grants or other funding sources. This model has worked well with existing staff, as it encourages outreach, professional growth, and exposure to new topic areas. This position is ideal for a talented person with a PhD seeking a challenging and rewarding non-faculty academic research position, which offers ongoing opportunities for professional development including conference travel, training, and co-authorship in publications.
Duties: Identify opportunities for collaborative research and take a leadership role in all stages of the conceptualization of research topics, identification and development of appropriate data, design and execution of strategies to analyze these data, and dissemination of results to the scientific community with professional presentations and publications. Support for the entire research cycle including study design and grant proposal writing; data collection, data management, data analysis, and data archiving; and manuscript writing and publication Provide consulting in statistical analysis, research methodology, study design and implementation, and data management and archiving. Teach statistical programming, data management, and data archiving to faculty and graduate students Provide support for development of grant proposals Provide outreach to demography community Develop new skills and areas of expertise as needed to support faculty research Facilitate team communication and collaboration Perform other duties as required
REQUIREMENTS : Doctoral-level education in social and behavioral science research methodology, or equivalent Master's in Statistics or equivalent coursework Statistical Programming Experience in R, Python, SAS, and/or Stata Experience with design and use of relational databases Teaching experience Experience working on a team, desire to work collaboratively Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of researchers Experience working with faculty and graduate students Demonstrated ability to work independently, takes initiative, learn new skills, and do outreach Experience with writing papers for publication Experience writing grant proposals (in whole or part)
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED: Knowledge of survey sampling design Knowledge of spatial statistics Knowledge of the field of demography Experience conducting social science research Experience leveraging Big Data for scientific research (Data Science) Experience with other statistical software (e.g., Mplus, ArcGIS, ATLAS.ti) Experience with qualitative research, particularly the analysis of qualitative data Experience in visual displays of data
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