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Job Summary

The influenza vaccine evaluation group at the Department of Epidemiology seeks a Research Area Specialist who will join a team of faculty and staff working on multiple ongoing research projects on the epidemiology of respiratory viral infection. This position will entail performing data management and validation, developing and conducting statistical analysis, and working closely with collaborators and study team members to coordinate study datasets and interacting with outside agencies to coordinate delivery of final products. This individual will have strong communication and organizational skills, proficiency in R and SAS and experience with multilevel and longitudinal models.


The successful candidate will join a large research group of faculty, research staff, and students with multiple ongoing studies including longitudinal studies of respiratory illness, vaccine effectiveness studies in medical settings and studies of immune response to vaccination and infection.


Develops, designs and conducts complex research analyses. Performs data analysis and interprets results. Formulates research analysis methods and suggests options for improving quality.

Works with study team to gather and supervise data collection and verification. Identifies potential problems, recommends and implements solutions. Creates final analytic datasets.

Co-authors technical portions of manuscripts. Assists in acquiring research funding including with writing technical portions of grant proposals.

Act as a liaison with other departments and organizations to coordinate receipt and submission of project data. Works with data coordinators at study sites to standardize data requests and facilitate delivery of datasets. Works with funders and outside organizations to understand and meet data delivery requirements.

Required Qualifications*

MPH in biostatistics or epidemiology with strong background in epidemiology and public health research. Experience working with health care data. Experience with multilevel and longitudinal data required. Strong written communication skills. Extensive experience with R and SAS.

Desired Qualifications*

4 to 5 years of related experience. 

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information


Background Screening

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.