Research Analyst
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
3d ago

To work as part of a research team studying prescription drug utilization, appropriateness of use, and population health outcomes as well as provincial drug policy.

Major responsibilities include : writing computer programs for administrative data analysis, conducting literature reviews and syntheses, conducting trend and statistical analysis, writing research abstracts, and presenting complex analysis in a clear and effective manner. Organizational Status

Reports directly to Greg Carney, Research Project Manager of the Therapeutics Initiative and to Dr. Colin Dormuth, Associate Professor and Lead of the BC node of the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effects Studies (CNODES).

Liaisons with :

  • Clinicians, Executives, and staff of the Therapeutics Initiative
  • CNODES team members
  • Project members
  • Directors in the B.C. Ministry of Health concerned with Therapeutics Initiative projects and services.
  • Data Access Services, B.C. Ministry of Health
  • Ethics Review Boards of UBC
  • UBC employees
  • Professors, students, and researchers at the University of British Columbia, and other universities Work Performed
  • Participating in the statistical analysis of a study on infection rates and other adverse events following surgery using very large administrative databases and chart data and assisting with CNODES cohort studies, as needed. Duties include :

    1. Research Analysis. Uses statistical analysis packages (Frequent use : SAS and SQL, occasional use : STATA and R) to analyze very large healthcare administrative databases.

    Writes and executes SAS code to support CNODES projects and Ministry of Health deliverables. Includes quality assurance testing and documenting coding methods.

    Participation in study design and interpreting results.

    2. Physician prescribing portrait feedback development, production, and evaluation. Uses SAS, SQL, iReport to produce portraits of trends in physician prescribing by patient subgroups.

    Work with physicians and project staff on formats for presenting results, in combination with evidence from literature, into portraits that are visually appealing to end users.

    3. Literature review. To guide statistical analyses and interpretation of results, conducts review of literature on surgery associated infections, drafts summaries incorporating feedback from physicians, specialists, and other subject matter experts, and contributes to presentations and papers.

    4. Manage Communications. To maintain collaboration among the dispersed members of the research team and manage differences of opinion among members of the team, the Research Analyst develops and maintains an efficient communication system that is respectful of how busy the collaborators are.

    5. Knowledge Exchange. To engage decision-makers in formulating queries of the data and interpreting results, the Research Analyst interacts one-

    to-one with users throughout the analysis, and documents queries and responses.

    6. Writing. Writes research abstracts and summary reports, presents findings to the BC Ministry of Health, and CNODES semi-annual meetings.

    Infrequent travel to Montreal or other Canadian cities might be required (eg - 2-4 times per year)

    Participation in national meetings and conferences might be required (eg 1 / year) Supervision Received

    Works under the supervision of Dr. Colin Dormuth, Greg Carney, and Dr.Anat Fisher, who conducts some analyses for both the BC Ministry of Health and CNODES cohort studies, provides guidance on the databases and advice on analyses conducted by the Research Analyst. Supervision Given

    Part-time research assistants and medical / co-op students conducting short-term projects. Consequence of Error / Judgement

    Errors or missteps in communication could produce friction among collaborators due to strong differences of opinion to how drug safety and effectiveness studies should be designed and implemented.

    Accuracy and timeliness of tasks are critical in keeping research projects on time and on budget. Errors can lead to significant project delays Qualifications

    Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Bachelor's degree in statistics, pharmacology, epidemiology, or related field Minimum of two years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Minimum of one year experience in research analysis or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with data management and programming.

    Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Ability to deal with multiple tasks and priorities. Ability to act with discretion and maintain confidentiality.

    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with professions and other team members.

    Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.

    We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and / or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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