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RESEARCH CONSULTANT

University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on October 16, 2019
Req #: 173186
Department: ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 10/15/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, housed in the School of Public Health, has an outstanding opportunity for a part time 75%FTE, Research Consultant for PATHWAYS, an NIH-funded longitudinal study of prenatal and early-life exposures to chemical and non-chemical stressors and associations with child health and development.

The Researcher will be a staff scientist in the PATHWAYS Data Center, based at the University of Washington, Seattle. Data Center scientists work closely with PATHWAYS investigators at various institutions, including Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and others.  PATHWAYS is part of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) consortium (www.echochildren.org).

The person in this position will be expected to carry out high quality, accurate work in a multi-faceted research environment where command of quantitative details is essential. The ideal candidate will be organized, flexible, and self-motivated with a desire to learn, good communication skills, and the ability to work and thrive in a diverse, interdisciplinary academic research environment. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Managing and analyzing complex datasets related to pediatric health, environmental exposures, social determinants and psychosocial stress variables (e.g., poverty, maternal stress during pregnancy), including survey-derived study data and data derived from public records (e.g. US Census data, local crime statistics) describing area-wide/neighborhood characteristics.

• Performing statistical analyses with supervision of experienced scientists.

• Producing material to describe data and analytic results, such as tables, maps and figures.

• Contributing to reports, peer reviewed manuscripts, publications, and presentations.

• Attending and contributing to regular data team and project meetings.

• Independently planning and conducting statistical analyses with minimal supervision.

• Contributing to epidemiological analyses, including writing data analysis plans and manuscripts.

• Conducting critical reviews of the research literature.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

REQUIREMENTS:

Master's degree in epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, geography, sociology, or related field.  Minimum two years of experience in research involving environmental chemical exposures and/or social determinants of health. Familiarity and interest in maternal and child health research. Minimum two years of experience developing code in R, Stata, and/or SAS. Proficient with Microsoft Office products. Other requirements include a demonstrated facility with analytic tasks, a strong quantitative aptitude, attention to detail, and the ability to interpret complex analytic information.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE

Doctorate in epidemiology, statistics, biostatistics, geography, sociology, or related field. Preferable skills include previous experience managing and analyzing complex datasets, including US Census data and publicly-available datasets.    Familiarity with one or more advanced statistical methods utilized in PATHWAYS analyses, such as multiple imputation, spatial modeling, structural equations modeling, or cluster analyses. Established record of academic publications.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.