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Research Associate/Data Analyst IV

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

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Research Associate/Data Analyst IV

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Professional Staff


PSA/NEA - Professional Staff Assoc

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Pay Grade Range:

Expected Hiring Range - $65,000 to $85,000

Status :

Calendar Year, Full-time, Limited


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Extension Contingency Notes:

This is a full time calendar year position limited to May 31, 2023 with anticipated renewal.

Job Description Summary:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by December 29, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by January 29, 2022. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (January 29, 2022) may not be given full consideration.



Work under the direction of faculty investigators to program and analyze data for the evaluation of causal effects in network-based studies of HIV prevention among people who use drugs. Assist in developing and implementing new methods at the intersection of causal inference and network science, performing analyses of network and clustered studies, writing project reports, and presenting results to the study team and external collaborators. Liaise with team members and collaborators and have project related responsibilities across multiple study data bases.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Assist with the coding and implementation of methods developed in the project and the development of user-friendly software and documentation for the approaches, including web-based applications. Research literature about spillover effects in intervention studies among people who use drugs. Analyze data sets with network features and clustering using R software, and quantify and interpret results from different statistical methods, including generalized linear mixed models and generalized estimating equations. Report and present study findings. Support the team in organizing trainings and workshops to disseminate project methods. Develop and disseminate public versions of the study data sets used in this project, when appropriate and permitted by the collaborating study teams.

Maintain the team website on the URI server and deploy web-based applications for the project methods. Utilize project management software in working with project team members to organize progress on project objectives. Organize team meetings and prepare meeting minutes for review by the PI and team. Perform other duties, as assigned.

Personal computers, server computers, printers; LaTeX, word processing, PowerPoint, Excel, database management, SAS, and R or Python.

Required Qualifications:


1. Master’s degree in biostatistics, statistics with a health focus, data science with a health focus, epidemiology, population-based health research, social science research with a health focus, or related field.

2. Minimum of four years of research experience.

3. Demonstrated experience in the use of R, SAS, or other statistical software.

4. Demonstrated presentation skills.

5. Demonstrated ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.

6. Demonstrated organizational and prioritization skills.

7. Demonstrated ability to work both as part of a team and independently.

8. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

9. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

10. Demonstrated ability to write effectively in scientific formats.

11. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications:


1. Minimum four years of research experience in public health, population-based health research, and/or social science research with a health focus.

2. Demonstrated experience performing data analyses and software/program development.

3. Demonstrated experience in the use of Python statistical software.

4. Demonstrated familiarity with causal inference, network science, substance use research, or HIV research.



Environmental Conditions:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 3 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:
(#1) Cover letter.
(#2) Resume.
(#3) “Other Document-References” – the names and contact information of three professional references (pdf doc).

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Founded in 1892, this land and sea grant university is the flagship public research institution in Rhode Island, enrolling more than 14,500 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students.

Thinking big
URI is home to some of today’s leading innovators, discoverers, and creative problem solvers and is known regionally and worldwide for its big ideas and pioneering research in such areas as environmental studies, neuroscience, biotechnology and life sciences, engineering, marine sciences, forensic sciences, pharmaceuticals, behavioral sciences, and public health promotion. A strong core of traditional academic disciplines provides the foundation for all specialized, professional, and applied areas of study. The University receives about $60 million annually in federal funding for research across 87 undergraduate and 70 graduate degree programs.

Motivated students, engaged faculty

Nearly 23,000 students applied for fewer than 3,300 openings in the 2017 freshman class, which boasts an average grade point average of 3.54. The 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio allows for personal attention and rewarding teaching experiences. Approximately 87 percent of faculty hold terminal degrees. In 2018 URI produced two Fulbright Scholars, five Boren Scholars, a Truman Scholar, and was named a one of the country’s top Gilman scholar-producing schools. URI’s commitment to diversity is demonstrated through its student body, with 43 states and 65 nations represented and 20 percent of students identifying as persons of color, a 65 percent increase since 2008.

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URI’s main campus is located on 1,248 acres in rural Kingston, where the campus core — including a quadrangle surrounded by handsome granite buildings — is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Six miles from Rhode Island’s beaches, this campus is conveniently situated along the Boston to New York corridor. The University’s renowned Graduate School of Oceanography is located at the 165-acre Narragansett Bay Campus. The Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies brings higher education to downtown Providence. Nearby, the 133,000-square-foot Rhode Island Nursing Education Center URI Picture 2includes unparalleled simulation labs. The W. Alton Jones Campus — 2,300 acres of forests, lakes, and farmland in West Greenwich — provides a secluded setting for academic research, environmental education, business meetings and special events.


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