We are seeking to hire a full-time Senior Program Officer for the Johns Hopkins University research unit of an international collaboration, the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium (CKD-PC) and a multi-center cohort study, the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study as well as affiliated studies and faculty. The candidate will collaborate with an international team of scientists and physicians to lead innovative, complex analytic strategies which will solve problems in clinical practice using data from multiple health systems.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
CKD-PC includes ~200 investigators from ~80 cohorts world-wide with data on >11 million participants. The ARIC Study is a large NIH-funded cohort of almost 16,000 people followed for over two decades. This position will entail:
Active collaboration with investigators of CKD-PC and ARIC to design studies and analyses for papers, grants, and presentations.
Developing, writing, and implementing statistical analysis plans to address policy relevant research questions.
Design and maintain management protocols for the varied datasets involved in CKD-PC. This includes acquisition of complex electronic health record data (Millions of records across a range of clinical variables) and their preparation for valid testing of research hypotheses.
Collaboration and oversight of statisticians involved in CKD-PC and ARIC Study regarding study designs and analyses.
Implementation of novel analytic methods when appropriate in collaboration with faculty in the Department of Biostatistics, including simulation studies to test appropriateness and validity.
Design and conduct of analyses for cross sectional, cohort, and case-control study designs.
Participation in regular seminars and meetings of CKD-PC and ARIC investigators.
Provide analytic expertise and assistance to JHU faculty and staff as well as to CKD-PC international collaborators.
Travel as needed to represent the CKD-PC analytic work and to advance projects with national and international partners.
As a senior staff member, the SPO II will work collaboratively with colleagues within JHU as well as international partners with the CKD-PC. They will represent the consortium’s methodologic rigor and commitment to excellent in data analysis.
The ideal candidate for this position will have outstanding quantitative, organizational and communication skills and the ability to learn and apply statistical algorithms to a range of large datasets, as well as a strong interest in collaborative epidemiologic and biostatistics research. A strong mathematical background and the ability to learn new techniques rapidly incorporating innovative methods is a high priority. Organizational and data management skills are important.
The Data Coordinating Center for CKD-PC is based in the School of Public Health building with multiple faculty having affiliations with the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research (http://www.jhsph.edu/welchcenter). The ARIC study analytic core is based the Welch Center, is affiliated with the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program (www.jhsph.edu/cvdepi), and has strong ties to multiple departments and other training programs at Johns Hopkins. The ideal candidate for this position will not only have the analytic skills but the interpersonal and collaborative experience to manage the vast amount of data and ongoing projects within these larger undertakings.
Overview of CKD-PC: CKD-PC uses state-of-the-art analysis methods to address pressing questions needed to optimize CKD care and research. The consortium comprises ~200 investigators from over 80 cohorts world-wide; new cohorts join each year. With estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and albuminuria measures in >11 million participants representing general, high cardiovascular risk, and CKD populations, the CKD-PC developed a track record of producing high impact papers (~7-8 per phase). The consortium continues to work on advancing knowledge related to chronic kidney disease complications such as cardiovascular disease including peripheral arterial disease, end-stage renal disease, and acute kidney injury.
Overview of the ARIC Study: The ARIC Study has collected data from nearly 16,000 participants at four sites examined multiple times with a 30-year follow-up visit that is nearly complete. The primary research topics are in heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes although investigators utilize these data for a broad range of topics. The study includes a large number of ancillary grants including genetic research. Core investigators of the Johns Hopkins ARIC Study research unit have faculty appointments in the Schools of Public Health and Medicine (~50 investigators and students at Hopkins collaborate with other sites; ARIC publishes >100 papers a year with ~10-30 per year led by Hopkins investigators).
Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) required. Six years related experience required. Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.
Preferred 8 or more years of data management experience, requiring advanced skills with Stata, SPSS, SAS, or R. Proven track record of publication using large electronic health care data, preferably across multiple platforms including OPTUM.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Experience in statistical analysis using Stata, SAS, R, and/or other statistical package is required
Supervisory responsibility: Provide guidance, leadership and occasional training for 2-4 statisticians and 2-12 graduate students.
Classified Title: Sr. Program Officer II Working Title: Sr. Program Officer II Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MG Starting Salary Range: $82,325 - $113,185; Commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, Up to 37.5 hours/week Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology Personnel area: School of Public Health
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