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The Department of Surgery’s Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) is a large, multi-disciplinary research center established by the Department of Surgery in support of research to improve the quality of surgical care at the local, regional and national level. SORCE also collaborates with a variety of academic and community partners and institutions providing expertise in design/deployment of health services and patient-oriented outcomes projects for research and clinical quality improvement.
SORCE was established in 2005 with a mission to assess the impact of surgical procedures on patients, society, and the healthcare system and improve the practice of surgery through education, training, and policy initiatives. To date, SORCE has received over $100 million in grant support and currently operates an annual budget of over $6 million. SORCE has grown into a multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers from across health science disciplines, including over 25 UW faculty from 15 departments and 4 schools, and clinicians at 35 clinical practice sites across the Washington State. In addition, SORCE provides a collaborative resource base for junior faculty from all Surgical Divisions as well as cross-departmentally. More information about SORCE is available at http://uwsurgery.org/sorce.
The Department of Surgery and SORCE are committed to a culture of excellence, and this individual must embrace a culture of continuous improvement. SORCE has a diverse culture and the successful candidate will possess emotional intelligence to ensure SORCE’s culture fosters excellence, inclusivity, diversity and work-life balance.
SORCE has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary Health Research Consultant.
The main purpose of this position is to support data management, analysis, and reporting of data generated or acquired by SORCE investigators. This position will staff a variety of SORCE’s ongoing and developing projects that utilize clinical data collected from hospitals in addition to administrative claims data, vital status records, healthcare payer claims data-sets, and patient reported survey data. SORCE’s projects bring together multiple clinical and academic disciplines to investigate healthcare utilization, clinical outcomes, cost-impact, and patient reported outcomes in an effort to track quality and drive healthcare improvement.
This position applies advanced statistical analytic approaches to healthcare data-sets to achieve research project aims. This position will work closely with the Principal Investigators, co-Investigators, Research Scientists, Biostatisticians, Health Research Analysts, and senior staff to devise approaches to meet complex analytic needs.
This individual’s specific areas of responsibility are in three major categories:
SORCE prides itself on having a dynamic work environment. From a foundation of well-established structure and process, we respond rapidly to opportunities or challenges with innovative and entrepreneurial approaches. The work assignments for this position mean that the incumbent will regularly experience a particularly high degree of change and ambiguity. A successful candidate must embrace this environment and be able to function at a high level in this context.
This position requires a candidate with understanding of and experience in statistical analyses and database management. Additionally, a research background and understanding of research principals and methodology are required. The complexity of projects are medium to high and the timeline for project execution to milestone achievement can be short. Therefore, this is a position that requires the ability to collaborate with investigators and other analysts, excellent problem solving and time management skills, and attention to detail.
Position Responsibilities Details Of Major Job Duty & percentage of time: Data Analysis = 60%
•Complete complex statistical analysis of data using R, SAS, or STATA; •Comprehend and interpret complex data files using data field codes and data dictionaries; •Use and successfully manipulate large clinical and administrative databases for analysis of data (i.e. hospital data, administrative claims data, vital status records, healthcare payer claims data-sets, and patient reported survey data); •Support the assessment of research project aims and milestone goals and provides input in the development of appropriate work timelines.
Details Of Major Job Duty & percentage of time: Research Development, Scholarly Research, and Reporting = 20%
•Assist investigative team in designing statistical analysis plans for research projects; •Make significant content contributions to manuscripts and presentations as well as technical reports for sponsors or partners; •Design, test, and implement methods and formats for data reporting
Details Of Major Job Duty & percentage of time: Data Management = 20%
•Effectively assess project feasibility, including researching potential administrative and clinical data-sets to meet investigator needs •Proactively manage databases and acquired data, ensure accuracy of data and participate in quality control activities •As needed, serve as a liaison between the project team and data vendor/sources to communicate data needs and facilitate data delivery •Completes and maintains appropriate regulatory approvals such as data use agreements, human subjects review, as necessary for the project
Required Qualifications Education: Master’s Degree in Biostatistics, Health Services, Epidemiology, or comparable field Type and Years of Experience: 3 years of experience in statistical analysis or related area
Other Required Qualifications
•1-2 years’ experience with R, SAS, STATA, or other coding language •1-2 years’ experience with secondary analysis from existing large data-sets, such as SEER-Medicare or Truven Marketscan •1-2 years’ experience with database management •Demonstrated ability to participate productively in interdisciplinary research teams •Strong quantitative aptitude, desire to learn new skills and information, and ability to interpret complex analytic quantitative information •Strong sense of focus and attention to detail •Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, strong communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment •Relevant education may substitute for some experience requirement. Reviewed on a case-by-case basis. •Candidates of non-traditional educational or experiential backgrounds are encouraged to apply – please address applicability of education/experience in cover letter.
•Ph.D. in Biostatistics, Health Services, Epidemiology, or comparable field •4-5 years of experience in statistical analysis •4-5 years of experience with R, SAS, STATA, or other coding language •4-5 years of experience with secondary analysis from existing large data-sets, such as SEER-Medicare or Truven Marketscan •4-5 years of experience with database management.
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