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Statistical Associate I

Full Time Temp
Holy Cross
Population Health & Info – Research
2012-12-03  Time: 23:59

10 shifts of 7.75 hours every 2 week cycle.
This position falls within the Professional Career Stream. Salary will commensurate with education and experience.
Population Health Research has a team of six Research Scientists who are engaged in cutting-edge population-based cancer research including etiology, molecular epidemiology, cancer screening, health services and biostatistics. Some current studies focus on: the role of physical activity in cancer prevention, rehabilitation and survival; endogenous and exogenous hormones in the etiology of reproductive cancers; knowledge, attitudes, and practices of the public and health professionals regarding cancer screening procedures; the study of and adjustment for diet and physical activity related measurement error and statistical methods for studies involving genetic data. An emerging area of research interest within the group is the study of metabolic signatures (metabolomics) as markers of various exposure, health and disease states.

The Department of Population Health Research with Alberta Health Services – Cancer Care has a position open for a Statistical Associate in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This position is a full-time 12 months temporary position subject to renewal. The Statistical Associate will be part of an established research support team that includes two other MSc and one BSc trained biostatisticians, MSc trained epidemiologists, and database and data collection programmers. Career advancement opportunities are available within our team for individuals who demonstrate interest and ability to work at advanced technical and leadership levels. As part of ongoing professional development, the Statistical Associate will also have access to a support and educational network including working collaboratively with researchers and other statisticians, access to a SAS User Group, and monthly meetings with other research-based staff to discuss statistical and research ideas. They will have opportunities for further continuing education, such as attending software programming or methods workshops, weekly seminars and rounds, journal clubs and other professional development opportunities.

The successful candidate will work on a variety of epidemiology research studies and will typically work on more than one concurrent task. Independent judgment, attention to detail, ability to learn new methods and strong problem-solving skills will be essential in performing the job duties, which include:

- conducting basic and advanced statistical analyses, including application of techniques such as survival data analysis, logistic regression, and multivariate methods;
- preparing written summaries of data analyses which include figures and tables, as needed for scientific publications and presentations;
- conducting data quality checks on new data bases, making and logging corrections;
- documenting data analysis steps;
- programming and/or implementing new statistical methods;
- manipulating large and complex data sets.
  • Master’s degree in Biostatistics or Statistics with 2 years experience; or Bachelor’s degree in Statistics with at least 3 years experience;
  • Minimum one year experience applying statistical analysis methods in health setting;
  • A. Stat. or P. Stat. Accreditation is desirable;
  • Proficient in SAS (SAS Certification an asset), with knowledge of Stata and/or R an advantage;
  • Excellent communication skills including advanced written and spoken English skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of an interdisciplinary team;
  • Knowledge and experience with statistical genetics analysis software is an asset.


Individuals interested in this challenging and rewarding opportunity in a growth-oriented department should submit a resume and cover letter specifically describing their skills related to the requirements for this position. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis; however, the position will remain open until filled. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, although others are encouraged to apply.  This position is subject to the Alberta Health Services – Management and Out of Scope Staff General Terms and Conditions of Employment.
*Applications will be reviewed until December 3, 2012

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