Summary of Duties: The Biostatistician provides analytic support for observational studies and behavioral intervention research focused on health disparities. Priority populations are primarily American Indians/Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, with increasing focus on LatinX, rural, and migrant populations as well.
Research foci include, but are not limited to, cognitive function, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, neuroepidemiology and vascular brain injury, suicide prevention, cardiovascular disease, diabetes management, nutritional epidemiology, maternal/child health, men's health, addiction research, and cancer screening.
The IREACH Methods Core is a collegial and highly collaborative group comprising epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and a demographer who provide all aspects of quantitative research support to faculty within IREACH, across WSU, and external research partners in locations across the US including Hawai`i, Alaska, Oklahoma, and Maine. The incumbent may engage in occasional travel to these or other locations.
The majority of work assigned to the incumbent involves conducting data analysis and writing methods/results sections for peer-reviewed manuscripts, but they also contribute to grant writing and other research efforts as assigned.
The incumbent must possess strong training and experience in analytic methods typically used for health outcomes research, including cross-sectional, longitudinal, and hierarchical data structures and design and implementation of randomized controlled trials. Group-randomized trials are also commonly required in community-based health research, and training or experience in this area is highly desirable.
The incumbent must also possess ability to communicate clearly about statistical concepts and analysis results to diverse audiences, including non-methodologist researchers and non-scientists, both in person and in writing.
This is a temporary position expected to end 1-year after date of hire. Renewal is dependent on satisfactory performance, the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment. The successful candidate can choose to be located in either Seattle, WA or Spokane, WA.
Required Qualifications: Positions require a Masters degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or other related field and professional experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Any equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.