Research Analyst

Job description

Research Analyst

Date Posted: 10/13/2020
Req ID: 1211
Faculty/Division: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Department: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


About us:

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is a Faculty of the University of Toronto that originated as one of the Schools of Hygiene begun by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1927. The School went through a dramaticrenaissance after the 2003 SARS crisis and it is now the largest public health school in Canada, with more than 850 faculty, 1,000 students, and research and training partnerships with institutions throughout Toronto and the world. With $40.4 million in research funding per year, the School supports discovery in global health, tobacco impacts on health, occupational disease and disability, air pollution, inner city and Indigenous health, among many other areas.

Your opportunity:

The Population Health Analytics Lab focuses on research to inform the prevention of chronic diseases and sustainable health systems. Our analytically-driven approach draws from rich demographic, behavioural, social, clinical, and health outcomes data. We inform decision-making related to improving health system performance, reduced inequities, and fiscal sustainability. We work directly with health system stakeholders and decision-makers to translate knowledge to action and enhance the meaningfulness of our studies.

As Research Analyst, you will be responsible for applying analytic research expertise to a number of projects using administrative health and population-based data in a secure data environment. You will develop study designs, create study cohorts and conduct statistical analyses according to defined plans. You will interpret data, prepare tables and work collaboratively with project teams to assist in preparing reports, manuscripts and presentations. Your background in health administrative data, solid communication and organizational skills will be crucial to your success in this role.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Analyzing and writing program scripts to extract, reformat and analyze data
  • Preparing draft statistical reports and summaries from data collected
  • Formatting research results to be presentable and easily comprehensible
  • Fostering positive relationships with project partners, advising on research project design and ensuring that research practices adhere to policies and procedures
  • Delivering presentations at conferences
  • Tracking and monitoring research activities and informing stakeholders of project progress
  • Maintaining project records and checking that projects adhere to ethical and privacy requirements

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree with a background in biostatistics, epidemiology or acceptable combination of equivalent experience
  • Minimum three years of relevant work experience that includes manipulating and analysing large health administrative databases or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience conducting statistical analysis using SAS (including SAS macros)
  • Experience with multiple types of statistical analysis, including: binomial, and multinomial logistic regression, Poisson regression, negative binomial regression, categorical data analysis, survival analysis, predictive modelling, imputation methods
  • Experience in analysing complex survey data (e.g., Canadian Community Health Survey), including incorporating bootstrap and other survey procedures
  • Demonstrated experience with Vital Statistics databases
  • Experience drafting data-access paperwork for data access (e.g. Project Activation Worksheet, Privacy Impact Assessment, Dataset Creation Plan)
  • Experience writing and submitting manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience presenting at academic conferences
  • Familiarity with privacy protection procedures
  • Demonstrated experience with data management and resolving data issues
  • Substantive knowledge and expertise in biostatistics, chronic disease epidemiology and chronic disease prevention
  • High proficiency with MS Office Suite such as Word, PowerPoint, and other software packages (i.e. SAS) and programming languages currently used to collect, analyze and report data
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage several projects simultaneously
  • Strong communication (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management and problem-solving skills with the ability to meetconflicting priorities and balance multiple projects
  • Demonstrates initiative and possesses a strong commitment to research work.
  • Strong commitment to accuracy and attention to detail

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Efficient
  • Intuitive
  • Organized
  • Problem solver
  • Resourceful
  • Team player

This is a 1-year term position.

Closing Date: 10/22/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: USW
Appointment Type: Grant - Term
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:
USW Pay Band 11 -- $65,669 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $83,978. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching
Recruiter: Aarthiga Sivakumar

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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