Statistician Intermediate

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Summary

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center (UMIPC) is seeking an outstanding statistician to support the data analysis activities of the center, in collaboration with the Center Director and the Statistics and Methods section Director. The UMIPC is one of nine CDC-funded injury control research centers that carries out research, training, and outreach missions with the overall goal of preventing injury. The successful candidate will work across a broad range of injury-related projects; initially the content area focus of this position will be on overdose (e.g., opioid overdose) and on traumatic brain injury/concussion, but as projects finish and new ones begin, content areas may evolve over time to other areas of injury (e.g., youth violence). The initial projects will include the analysis of massive claims data sets to understand trends and changes in opioid overdoses, adapting data collection instruments from one platform to another, and acting as both the data manager and lead statistician on a large study of concussion among college athletes.

The statistician will work as an analyst in the Statistics and Methods section of the center and will conduct analyses to further the many UMIPC research studies, and studies directed by the UMIPC investigators both independently and under the supervision of the section head, Dr. Jason Goldstick, and the center director, Dr. Douglas Wiebe.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings

Responsibilities*

Specific tasks performed will include:

  • Perform cleaning and documentation of data generated from studies run by UMIPC investigators; these may include primary data, as well as data from large databases, such as the Optuminsight data base and the online FITBIR repository at NIH.
  • Writing programs to clean data and perform statistical analyses in SAS, Stata, R, and/or Python, including the handling of massive data sets (e.g., claims databases)
  • Formulating and implementing statistical analysis plans tailored to specific project needs
  • Documentation and presentation of analytic results
  • Creating data visualizations for data briefs, manuscripts, or presentations
  • Procuring external data sources needed to supplement studies (e.g., publicly available data from the census, CDC WONDER, ICPSR, or other sources)
  • Ability to model data with temporal (e.g., panel or time series) and spatial (e.g., collected at Census track level) components is preferred

Required Qualifications*

  • 1 - 3 years professional experience. Knows and applies the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of particular field of specialization.  
  • Employees in this classification are required to have a minimum of a Bachelor degree in a recognized field of science or learning which is directly related to the duties of the position.
  • Under supervision, performs work that is varied and that may be somewhat difficult in character. .
  • Some evaluation, originality or ingenuity is required. :
  • Must be able to program, manage data, and conduct statistical analyses using at least one statistical software packages such as R, SAS, Python, or Stata.
  • Demonstrated data management skills and experience preparing data for analysis, including handling of massive data sets
  • Solid grounding in statistical theory and application, and willingness to learn and apply new methods and approaches.
  • Possession of excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Exceptional ability to independently prepare correspondence (especially with e-mail messages) and write/edit/produce reports
  • Professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with a multidisciplinary team • Interest in injury-related research applications

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in Statistics, Public Health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, or Health Services), or a related field
  • Experience using R and Stata, as well as software appropriate for the handling of massive data sets (e.g., SAS)
  • Experience with administrative and clinical claims data, such as Optuminsight or other large commercial claims databases, and Medicaid or other large health systems
  • Injury-related research experience (e.g., concussion, opioid overdose, violence)

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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