Research Instructor

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO Anschutz Medical CampusColorado School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics and InformaticsVeterans Administration COIN groupUniversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus NavLab RESEARCH INSTRUCTOR / SENIOR RESEARCH INSTRUCTOR - (BIOSTATISTICIAN)Position #00794646 – Requisition #24956  * Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

NATURE OF WORKThe Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) has an opening for a full-time position at the rank of Research Instructor/Senior Research Instructor. The ColoradoSPH strives to promote diversity and equity and to be a model of inclusive excellence.  We are committed to enhancing diversity among our faculty and strongly encourages individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.   The person holding this position will engage in research with both the Denver/Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care (COIN), located at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center and the NavLab, a program of ACCORDS (Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science), located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The NavLab’s mission is to partner with UCHealth to perform rigorous and timely evaluation, implement and disseminate new knowledge and innovation, and engage relevant stakeholders within a Learning Health Systems (LHS) framework. The COIN conducts health services research and operations analyses that advance Veteran-centered and value driven healthcare for US Veterans.  The research instructor will provide data management and statistical analyses for the COIN and NavLab programs. This individual will work independently and as part of a team to analyze VA and NavLab data in support of research and operations projects.  Studies use multiple large complex electronic health record databases, and range from clinical medicine to health services research (e.g. cost, impact), and include options for statistical methods development projects.  This position is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The COIN analytic group currently consists of a director, three senior PhD biostatisticians, five MS or PhD biostatisticians, two biostatistics PhD students, two biostatistics MS students, and several programmers/database managers. The multi-disciplinary NavLab Team currently includes MD/PhD health services research director, senior PhD analytic director, MS biostatistician, 4 MD/DO clinician/researchers, 2 clinical informaticists, research coordinator, program manager, and experts in user-centered design, qualitative methods, and health economics. The research instructor will carry out data management, descriptive, exploratory, and modeling analyses with multiple large complex electronic health record databases; contribute to publication activities; and embark upon independent research under the direction of a faculty member. There is no expectation that this candidate will assist in classroom instruction.
A biostatistician-research instructor is expected to provide high-level, professional and scientifically rigorous design and analysis support to biomedical researchers at CU Anschutz. Research Instructors generally work under the direction of one or more doctoral level biostatisticians. Over time they are expected to work more independently and apply more advanced methodologies to solve analytic challenges. The biostatistician-research instructor in this position will consult and collaborate with investigators on all aspects of the research process, including design of new studies (sample size and analysis planning), data management, complex programming, analysis implementation and data visualization, and dissemination of results. This individual is expected to co-author abstracts, oral and poster presentations, and scientific manuscripts. The Colorado School of Public Health is a collaborative endeavor involving the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), Colorado State University (CSU), and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). The Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing vital contributions towards ensuring our region’s health and wellbeing. Collaboratively formed in 2008 by CU Denver, CSU and UNC, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues including chronic disease, access to healthcare, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.  The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Currently home to 25,000 employees, more than 5,000 degree-seeking students and two nationally recognized hospitals that handle 1.7 million patient visits each year, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future, carries out a broad range of research, and cares for the state’s children, adults, and veterans. CU Anschutz features schools of medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine and public health, a college of nursing and a graduate school. CU Anschutz has many opportunities for collaboration across the health sciences, with multidisciplinary centers for prevention research, Latino research and policy, cancer, outcomes research, and American Indian/Alaska Native health, among others. CU Anschutz is located in Aurora, Colorado, a community that is racially/ethnically and socio-economically diverse.  SUPERVISION RECEIVEDThe Research Instructor position will be supervised by Dr. Evan Carey. SUPERVISION EXERCISEDThis position may have supervisory responsibilities with graduate Research Assistants seeking MS degrees (RAs) and Professional Research Assistants (PRAs). EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMEDThe Research Instructor will collaborate with health researchers from several groups at the VA and at CU Anschutz on their biomedical and health services research projects, including:
  • Data management and integration.
  • Organizes data into selected categories to facilitate analysis for statistical measures; creates and validates analytical datasets by sub-setting, merging and analyzing multiple large administrative data files; determines applicability and suitability of statistical packages for data management and analysis; apply proper statistical techniques and analyses of project data; organizes, prepares and presents the research material for seminars and workshops.
  • Communicates orally and in writing with Principal Investigators and other research scientists as well as analysts and other staff involved in research projects. 
  • Independently develops analytic plans, including calculating sample sizes, defining outcome variables and covariates to be used, and determining specific statistical methods to employ.
  • Co-author abstracts, oral and poster presentations, and scientific manuscripts
  • Performs analyses using a variety of statistical techniques, such as multiple linear regression, mixed and multilevel modeling, logistic regression, survival analysis including competing and semi-competing risks, causal inference such as propensity score adjustment, Bayesian modeling, and cost and econometric analyses; and summarize results in reports and methods sections of manuscripts.
  • Strong knowledge of statistical principles relevant in medical research.
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems and apply quantitative analytical approaches.
  • Ability to investigate the properties of statistical methodology through simulation or other means.
  • Strong programming skills in a common statistical software package (such as SAS, R).
  • An ability to work with high performance computing environments and cloud computing.
  • Good organizational skills across multiple projects, managing own workload, self-directed.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Positive attitude and the ability to work with a variety of biomedical investigators and colleagues.
  • Ability to contribute to the growth and development of the VA COIN and NavLab groups and the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics.
DOES THIS POSITION HAVE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY?No. SALARY OR SALARY RANGEThe salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $72,000-$95,000 for the position of Research Instructor, and at $95,000 to $120,000 for the position of Senior Research Instructor.The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Research Instructor Minimum QualificationsApplicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
  • A masters level degree in Biostatistics, Data Science, Bioinformatics or related area of graduate level training.
  • Formal training and experience in biostatistics and data management.
  • Programming skills in a common statistical software package (e.g. SAS, R).
Preferred Qualifications
  • At least 2 years of experience as an analytic consultant or collaborator, or a combination of the two.
  • Experience with data management and integration of data sources.
  • Experience serving as a biostatistician or data analyst on multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully contribute to the analytic elements of multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience with electronic health record (EHR) data.
  • Or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the individual with the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Senior Research InstructorMinimum QualificationsApplicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.For Senior Research Instructor additional requirements include:
    At least 5 years of post-graduate experience as an analytic consultant or collaborator.Evidence of independence or leadership on research teams.
Preferred QualificationsFor Senior Research Instructor additional preferred qualifications include:
  • 5-16 years of experience with data management and integration of data sources.
  • 5-16 years of experience serving as a biostatistician or data analyst on multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to compare analytic approaches using simulation or a similar alternative to suggest best-practices for new situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise on study design and write data analysis sections in grant application or protocols.
  • Evidence of continued coding or analytic skill development.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise junior biostatisticians and graduate students.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Feb 28, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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