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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. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Partners for Our Children (POC) is a collaboration between the School of Social Work, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and private philanthropists with a commitment to making children's lives better in foster care. The partnership works with the State Legislature and a range of public and private entities to improve outcomes for children in Washington State's public child welfare system.
POC, within the UW School of Social Work has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Statistician.
This position is for a Senior Statistician who will use applied mathematics, numerical modeling, and statististical programming skills to contribute to the development of demographic, ecological, and system dynamic models of the social service system. This position will also use cutting-edge knowledge of tools and techniques in Data Science and Informatics to support the development of robust, replicable visualizations of these models as well as descriptive trends and patterns in social service system data.
This individual will lead the analysis of administrative data from various state and federal agencies and use his/her computing and programming skills to develop advanced statistical models for prediction and inference about various aspects of social service systems in the US and throughout the world. The individual will be expected to develop and test novel hypotheses about child welfare system dynamics, and to communicate and disseminate this research to the broader community.
This individual will utilize their proficiency with R and general programming knowledge to work collaboratively with web developers and other organizational engineers to develop applications that will communicate the results of these models through the use of innovative visualization techniques as well as more traditional approaches.
PhD in statistics, demography, or related area and at least 5 years of relevant experience.
Ability in multi-variable statistical analysis including hierarchical linear modeling, and parametric simulation techniques;
Demonstrated ability in communicating advanced statistical concepts to a lay audience
Experience with interactive data presentation and delivery systems
Familiarity with version control (e.g., git)
The ability to apply computational skills to the analysis of event-history (even multi-state), panel, count, and categorical data sets collected for administrative purposes;
Practical experience working on both inferential and predictive statistical problems
High level of expertise with the statistical programming language R.
Working knowledge of web development;
Ability to write and publish peer-reviewed scientific papers;
Ability to communicate the results of complex data analyses to a diverse population;
Working knowledge of Bayesian and MCMC statistical techniques;
Knowledge of graphic design principles, especially as related to data visualization;
Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Familiarity with the Washington State social service system
Ability to author and maintain R packages
Working familiarity with the programming languages C++ or Java;
Basic database development experience (able to build parametrized stored procedures);
Experience managing budgets for mid-size projects
| Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check |
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