Job Description Summary:
The GWU Department of Epidemiology is recruiting a Senior Research Associate
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 providing support for NIH grant proposals.
The Senior Research Associate 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 Senior
Research Associate will report to and will work closely with Dr. Melinda
Power. This position has is a one-year appointment with potential for renewal
pending grant funding.
The successful candidate will have a strong background and experience in
epidemiologic methods; prior experience outside the classroom with at least
one of the following statistical methods: inverse probability weighting,
instrumental variables, multiple imputation, transportability algorithms,
simulation, joint models, causal mediation models, OR a published methods-
focused epidemiologic paper any methods topic of interest; interest in
cognitive aging research; prior experience leading manuscripts including both
conduct of statistical analysis and drafting of manuscripts; prior experience
with data management and drafting data analysis plans; prior experience
exploring use and limitations of new statistical techniques; and evidence of
publication in reputable journals. A commitment to research ethics; ability to
communicate complex ideas clearly verbally and in writing; attention to
detail; ability prioritize appropriately and meet deadlines; interest in
mentoring junior lab members; ability to differentiate between decisions that
need supervisor or team input and decisions that can be made independently;
meticulous attention to detail; and ability to work with limited supervision
to achieve objectives, is also necessary.
Conducting epidemiologic research with limited supervision, including
ability to move from understanding of the needs of an epidemiologic or
statistical problem to identifying and implementing appropriate,
potentially complex statistical approaches to solve these problems.
Conducting research projects
Contribution to the conception and design of research papers and grants
Drafting analysis plans
Executing data management and statistical analyses
Problem-solving around statistical and epidemiologic issues
Drafting and co-authoring manuscripts, presenting work to local, national,
and international audiences.
Grant Proposal Responsibilities:
Development of IRB applications
Assistance in reviewing and maintaining legal agreements for data access
Drafting and adhering to data management plans and IRB applications
Acting as a resource for other lab members.
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 in a related discipline and 3
years of direct experience in the field. Degree must be conferred by the start
date of the position.
Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum
Masters in epidemiology, biostatistics, statistics or a related field.
3+ years of relevant experience.
Prior experience proposing, planning, leading, writing, and publishing
Interest in contributing to grant writing.
Prior experience with causal inference methods, advanced statistical
methods, or methods-focused manuscript development.
Programming skills in SAS, with willingness to learn R and STATA.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.
Interest in cognitive aging research.
Interest in working with and being a resource for other team members.
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 2
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
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:
Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status
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 of a recent publication with a summary of the
candidate's contribution to the manuscript;
Internal Applicants Only?
Posting Number: R001428
Job Open Date: 10/07/2021
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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