Statistician - 114304

University of California - San Diego
La Jolla, CA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/18/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/02/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Depending on experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the RSCH DATA ANL 2 or RSCH DATA ANL 3 level.


UCSD Department of Radiology is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art services for clinicaland translational studies. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

The Statistician will work as part of two landmark studies:

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD, Study will determine how childhood experiences (such as sports, videogames, social media, unhealthy sleep patterns, and smoking) interact with each other and with a child’s changing biology to affect brain development and social, behavioral, academic, health, and other outcomes. UCSD is one of 21 institutions nationwide that has recruited families to participate in the ABCD Study.

The HEALthy Brain Child Development (HBCD, Study will recruit a large cohort of pregnant women from regions of the country significantly affected by the opioid crisis and follow them and their children through early childhood. The study will collect information beginning at birth and continuing through early childhood, including structural and functional brain imaging; anthropometrics; medical history; family history; biospecimens; and social, emotional, and cognitive development.

The incumbent will assist in the development and enhancement of the Data Exploration and Analysis Portal (DEAP) for both ABCD and HBCD Studies. As part of this endeavor, she or he will develop and implement code in R, Python, and/or MATLAB for statistical analyses. The incumbent will also be responsible for developing applications with the engineering team to facilitate data exploration and analysis using DEAP among consortium members. This includes creating and maintaining code bases for app improvements, new feature development, and debugging.

The incumbent will also support existing and new databases related to DEAP development, including the processing of complex data files, implementing quality control protocols, and automating flagging and cleaning procedures for anomalous data. The incumbent will work closely with the leadership to develop and implement the necessary protocols, processes, and timelines for data linkage, data review and correction, and preparation of the data for analyses on DEAP.

The incumbent will independently identify appropriate statistical approaches, utilizing both traditional and modern methods, perform statistical programming, create data analysis files, and implement data analysis. The incumbent will also create statistical reports and interpret complex analysis results. Experience in statistical methods for longitudinal data (e.g., mixed-effects models) and nonparametric resampling-based approaches (e.g., permutation testing) is advantageous.

Works on research data reporting assignments that are of moderate diversity in scope. Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

  • Six (6) years of related experience, education/training, OR an Bachelor’s degree in related area plus two (2) years of related experience/training.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of research function.

  • Working skills in statistical analysis, systems programming, database design and data security measures.

  • Proven working skills in analysis and consultation.

  • Strong skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing.

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

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