Job Description Summary:
The GWU Department of Epidemiology is recruiting a Research Scientist to work
in the lab of Dr. Melinda Power on projects related to cognitive aging and
dementia. This position is responsible for planning and conducting research at
a high level, including identification or development of approaches to develop
solutions for complex epidemiologic and statistical problems, as well as
mentored conceptualization and development of NIH grant proposals.
The Research Scientist will initially support an NIH-funded investigation
aiming to use observational data to simulate target trials of blood pressure
management or diabetes treatment for dementia prevention. While the ultimate
goal is development of a stand-alone, flexible simulation model that can be
used to emulate target trials, individual projects largely focus on solving
methodological challenges (e.g. ongoing projects include transporting effects
from samples with different target populations, creating simulated data to
overcome privacy restrictions, instrumental variable analysis of trial data,
joint models for related processes, etc.).
The successful candidate will have a strong background and prior experience in
statistical and epidemiologic methods; prior experience with casual inference
methods or other advanced statistical approaches in addition to standard
epidemiologic methods; interest in cognitive aging research; substantial
experience leading manuscripts, developing analysis plans, and exploring use
and limitations of new statistical techniques; and a history of publication in
reputable journals. A commitment to research ethics; interest in generating
ideas for research and writing grants to answer these questions; ability to
communicate complex ideas clearly verbally and in writing; ability prioritize
appropriately and meet deadlines; meticulous attention to detail; interest in
mentoring junior lab members; and the ability to work independently to achieve
objectives is also necessary.
The Research Scientist will report to and will work closely with Dr. Melinda
Power. This position has is a one year appointment with potential for
extension pending grant funding.
Conception and design of research papers
Development of analysis plans
Execution of data management and statistical analyses
Problem-solving around statistical and epidemiologic issues
Drafting and co-authoring manuscripts
Submitting manuscripts for publication and presenting work to local,
national, and international audiences.
Providing statistical and methodological support to other members of the
lab around complex statistical or methodological approaches
Managing legal agreements for data access and creating data management
Managing the IRB process
Grant Proposal Responsibilities:
Mentored development of grants
Identifying and proposing questions to be answered
Conducting literature searches
Identifying resources needed to conduct the proposed research,
Drafting specific aims
Conducting feasibility assessment
Conducting power calculations
Obtaining relevant permissions
Drafting of full grant proposals
The position will also be responsible for other related duties as assigned,
and the omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from
assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Qualified candidates will hold a Master's degree plus 5 years of experience or
a PhD plus 2 years of experience in a related discipline to include at least 2
years of research and/or college level teaching in a field basic to the work
to be performed. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.
Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum
• Masters or PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, statistics or a related
• Masters with 5+ years or PhD with 2+ years of relevant experience in a
related discipline, including at least 2 years of directly relevant
• Prior experience proposing, planning, leading, writing, and publishing
• Interest in developing ideas into grant proposals.
• Prior experience with causal inference methods or advanced statistical
methods (e.g. transportability, marginal structural models, structural nested
models, joint models, derivation of inverse probability of exposure or
selection weights, natural direct/indirect effects, instrumental variables).
• Programming skills in R and SAS, with willingness to learn STATA
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.
• Interest in mentoring junior team members, including assisting with and
being a resource for implementation of complex statistical or epidemiologic
• Interest in cognitive aging research.
• Willingness to work in person on the GW campus.
Currently, the Power lab is operating on a hybrid schedule, with the option to
work from home 2 days per week. However, the candidate must be willing and
able to come on campus 5 days a week if circumstances change.
• Prior experience in cognitive aging research.
• Prior experience with NIH grant writing.
• Prior experience with IRB submissions and and obtaining/maintaining DUAs.
• Interest in health services research.
Typical Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH)
Family Research and Labs
Sub-Family Field Research
Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 4
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: M-F, 8:00-5
Will this job require the employee to work on site? Yes
Employee Onsite Status Hybrid
Required Background Check Criminal History Screening,
Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace,
and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Interested candidates should submit the following application materials: 1) a
cover letter that includes a statement of research experience and interests;
2) a curriculum vitae; 3) pdf copies of 3 first-author publication and a
summary of the candidate's contributions to each manuscript
Internal Applicants Only? No
Posting Number: R001429
Job Open Date: 10/08/2021
Job Close Date:
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be
required as a condition of hire.
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer
that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability,
veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any
other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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