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RESEARCH CONSULTANT
University of Washington
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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.

Established in 1985, The University of Washington's Division of General Internal Medicine has grown into the largest Division in the UW Department of Medicine. The Division has a workforce of approximately 400, including nearly 300 faculty members who are known for their outstanding research, teaching and patient care, and clinical activities at the UW Medical Center (UWMC), Harborview Medical Center (HMC), and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) sites. The Division has an annual budget of nearly $50 million including over 30 research faculty, 30 current grants and $12 million in annual grant expenditures. GIM research sites are located at multiple sites across Seattle, including  including Harborview, Metropolitan Park, Pat Steel, the University District, and Fremont.

The Division of General Internal Medicine has a great opportunity for a full-time Research Consultant. The Research Consultant will work in the Value and Systems Science Lab – a unit with a strong reputation, track record, and national leadership in the areas of health systems and value-based care. Lead by a faculty director, the Lab is comprised of several investigators from the Division of General Internal Medicine who collectively manage multiple research awards, graduate trainees who regularly serve as Lab fellows and 2 research staff. Lab members collaborate regularly with others within and beyond the UW community.

The Research Consultant will conduct statistical analyses on several studies related to health services and care delivery evaluations. This individual will work closely with the faculty director and other Lab members to implement statistical methods needed to complete the research. Specifically, the Research Consultant will work on projects related to how public health care and private care delivery policies and interventions impact the quality, utilization, and costs of health care. The Research Consultant will be able to translate requests into actionable results through interactions with and organization of claims and other quantitative databases, formulation of displays of results, and development of complex code related to regression modeling and other quantitative data analysis methods.

The Research Consultant will be accountable for conducting data analysis (including all aspects of data cleaning, merging, programming, and analysis) and reporting of results for projects involving statistical analysis of quantitative data. Under general direction, the Research Consultant will perform the following:

Data Analytics (70%)
  • Create, manipulate, and merge large and complex datasets
  • Transform and format datasets for use in analyses
  • Implement statistical programs using STATA, SAS, and/or R and parallel computing
  • Develop reusable functions in these statistical software packages, document and package code and follow standards for reproducible research
  • Perform quality checks and quality assurance measures to ensure results accuracy
  • Problem-solve computational and analytic challenges by investigating and rectifying data issues
  • Work directly with researchers to develop alternative analytic strategies in response to challenges
  • Develop and maintain study protocols

    Data Content Management (20%)
  • Become familiar with areas of research study and the context of data used in analysis
  • Work directly with researchers to identify and catalog data sources

    Other Duties (10%)
  • Attend research-related meetings and with research study personnel and collaborators
  • Summarize and communicate results of analyses collaborators and staff
  • Assist in preparation of manuscripts for publication and presentations

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

    REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in biostatistics or related field and 2 years’ experience.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn specialized statistical skills for projects related to health services or economics analyses
  • Experience in STATA and/or SAS statistical packages
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to translate complex research questions into statistical questions
  • Demonstrated self-motivation, ability to absorb information, flexibility, prioritize tasks, and ability to thrive in fast-paced, energetic, creative environment

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

    DESIRED

  • Master’s degree in biostatistics or related field
  • Experience in other statistical software packages (e.g., R)
  • Experience writing methods and results sections for peer-reviewed publications

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT


    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.