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Data Scientist, Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 26153

Updated: June 22, 2022

Location: Foothills Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview

The Department of Oncolgy in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Data Scientist. This Part-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 1 year (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Data Scientist reports to the Research Program Manager, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology.

The Data Scientist will support multiple projects within the Division of Palliative Medicine. The Data Scientist will be responsible for the following aspects: creating and implementing statistical analysis for research projects, documenting statistical methods using reproducible research methods, and preparing written reports of data analyses and results for integration in research reports and scientific manuscripts.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Planning, implementing, and completing complex and innovative statistical analyses using R or equivalent software (including generalized linear models, longitudinal analysis methods, survival analysis methods, hierarchical modelling, and machine learning methods)
  • Manipulate large longitudinal and complex datasets for research projects
  • Select appropriate high level statistical techniques for answering research questions
  • Review and critique statistical/epidemiological findings for presentation to both technical and lay audiences
  • Documenting data analysis steps and prepare written summaries for manuscript publications - reproducible science (documenting code using R Markdown or equivalent)
  • Work with Principal Investigators on offering statistical support on grant applications, study design and protocols, and scientific media (manuscripts, conference presentations, etc.)
  • Work with other statistical analysts from institutions such as Alberta Health Services to obtain data required for research projects
  • Lead and oversee research project progression (including grant/project preparation, ethics submission, questionnaire development), including supervising and delegating tasks to others
  • Assist with the preparation of abstracts, reports, manuscripts and presentations
  • Generate various reports (also combine tables, charts, graphs, and interpretable statistical outputs) as required by Principal Investigator and research team. Compile tables, charts, graphs, and summarized statistics for integration in research papers and reports. This includes materials for presentation and publication.
  • Establish and maintain good communication and working relationships with study investigator(s), research network members, research staff, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders
  • Manage own time effectively and ensure immediate reports-to manager is kept informed of activities and progress of work

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Minimum MSc in biostatistics, epidemiology, or an equivalent field with emphasis on quantitative analysis
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of related experience, with a strong foundation in quantitative data analyses and statistics
  • Strong knowledge of epidemiology, epidemiological study design, standard biostatistical analysis methods, and evidence synthesis
  • Extensive expertise in statistical software such as R, Stata, SAS, or equivalent (e.g. the ability to write functions, produce well documented code, etc.)
  • Previous experience data cleaning and processing experience of large health administrative datasets or electronic medical records (EMRs)
  • Experience with using reproducible research methods in R (RMarkdown, Git) an asset
  • Ability to learn new statistical methods is essential (including additional courses or certificates)
  • Responsible for accuracy and timeliness of statistical input into reports and decisions
  • Make recommendations for appropriate and novel statistical analyses to investigators and study team
  • Ability to communicate complex and advanced statistical/epidemiological methods and findings to research team
  • Knowledge of research ethics, IRISS platform, and regulations for granting agencies (e.g. Tri Council) is an asset
  • Knowledge of palliative care services delivery would be an asset
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Tri Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2) training is an asset
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills are required
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Internet skills are required

Application Deadline:  June 29, 2022

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 2.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

 

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