Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 129972
Work Location: Spokane
Summary of Duties: Working under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and Project Lead, the Data Analyst will join Behavioral Health Innovations (BHI), an active, dynamic research program focused on developing, testing, and disseminating strength-based solutions to improve the lives of individuals living with substance use disorders, mental illness, and other health problems. Research foci specifically include longitudinal observational and intervention studies relevant to early interventions for psychosis, co-occuring substance use and serious mental illness, housing based interventions for substance use disorder, public health practice, and culturally adapted interventions for American Indian/Alaska Native persons with alcohol use disorder. The Data Analyst will also work with other researchers and community partners on a variety of topics.
Duties and Responsibilities: This position involves providing statistical support for ongoing studies at BHI. Specifically, the Staff Scientist/Data Analyst will work closely with the BHI faculty, research staff and graduate students to support data acquisition; help coordinate data entry, structure, and cleaning; and plan and execute appropriate statistical methods for complex analyses involving longitudinal and cross-sectional data from large clinical trials and epidemiological data sets. The Staff Scientist/Data Analyst will join the BHI faculty, a collegial team of doctoral level researchers, including an epidemiologist, psychologist, and social workers who support all quantitative research being conducted by BHI investigators.
Additionally, the Staff Scientist/Data Analyst 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 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 statistical 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.
Required Qualifications: An earned Masters degree in statistics, data science, or any related quantitative field with at least 1 year of relevant experience. Expertise with statistical programming software (Stata preferred, R or SAS acceptable) Education or applied experience in quantitative methods including, but not limited to, linear regression, generalized linear regression, and methods for repeated measures (e.g., generalized estimating equations, random effects). Ability to communicate clearly with non-statisticians about complex quantitative methods and findings. Experience preparing technical reports or manuscripts.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.