University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on July 11, 2020
Req #: 180672
Posting Date: 07/10/2020 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
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 Division of General Internal Medicine has a great opportunity for a full-time Research Scientist/Engineer 4. The Research Scientist/Engineer 4 will serve as a biostatistician addressing substantively important questions on Alzheimer’s disease and the aging brain in aging bodies in several studies currently underway with Paul Crane and his lab. The position will include conducting data analyses, integrating data management, assisting with and taking the lead on manuscript writing, and assisting with the preparation of grant proposals. There will be tremendous opportunity to grow as part of a very productive team. The Research Scientist/Engineer 4 will be able to learn new methods from senior staff, and to develop independent research if desired.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Integrate data management for large prospective cohort studies with complex data structures, including genetic, clinical, study questionnaire, laboratory, pharmacy, imaging, and neuropathology data at multiple institutions. Lead the processing, documentation, storage, and retrieval of data for the Crane lab, with support of the project manager, and create relevant variables for use by study investigators. Communicate closely with research study personnel regarding changes and updates within the project.

  • Design, conduct, and write up appropriate statistical analyses to address critically important questions on relationships between aging brains and aging bodies.
       - Collaborate with other investigators nationally and internationally on a variety of projects; identifying, developing and applying recent and new methodology; contribute to the organization and content of national and international meetings and workshops.
       - Plan and conduct a wide variety of data analyses, including developing analytic datasets, compiling results files, generating figures, and preparing tables. Models will include survival analysis and mixed models, with careful diagnostics. Selection weights and techniques for missing data will be necessary.
       - After any necessary training, perform sophisticated statistical analyses of complex cognitive testing and other psychometric data using structural models.

  • Write scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with relevant investigators at the University of Washington and at other institutions, foreign and domestic.

  • Conduct preliminary studies and power calculations for grant proposals.

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


  • Master's degree or higher in Public Health, Biostatistics, or Statistics and 4+ years of experience in a related area

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


    Statistical skills include:

  • Conducting a wide variety of statistical analyses, including various longitudinal models.
  • Proficiency in Stata, SAS, and/or R.

    Communication skills include:

  • Presenting complex methods and findings clearly and succinctly to a variety of audiences, both orally and in writing.
  • The diplomacy needed for local, national, and international collaboration, the tenacity to see projects completed, and the positivity to be a supportive and effective team member.

    Other necessary skills include:

  • The ability to manage dozens of papers and projects at the same time, always meeting key deadlines.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Organization and documentation habits so that research is easily reproducible.


    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